Webinars & Podcasts


For additional information on webinars, see Archive below.



Criminal Justice and Equity-Bridging the Gaps Session 4: Re-Entry Programs and Reducing Recidivism
Summary of Roundtable

The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity presents the fourth of a five-part series of virtual roundtables dedicated to addressing the myriad of issues that influence outcomes for individuals affected by the criminal justice system.
Apr 19, 2022

People, Place and Purpose: A Vision for the Failing Mental Health System
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Featuring Dr. Tom Insel, former Director of NIMH and co-founder of Mindstrong Health. This webinar featured a discussion of what he has learned on his journey overseeing research on mental health and observing how current systems have failed people with serious mental illness.
Apr 28, 2022

Peer Support for Youth and Families

An event in honor of the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2022 commemorating child and youth mental health and honoring youth and family peer support.
May 5, 2022

Criminal Justice and Equity-Bridging the Gaps Session 1: Policy Implementation and Data Use

The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity presents the first of a five-part series of virtual roundtables dedicated to addressing the landscape of inequities that affect justice-involved individuals.
Jan 18, 2022

The CCBHC Model
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CCBHC brochure

Presentation on how the CCBHC model expands the scope of mental health and substance use services available in the community to ensure health equity and high-quality care for underserved populations.
Feb 23, 2022

Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: A Conversation with CDC Experts
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Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States (Full report)

Discussion of designing and implementing effective opioid overdose prevention strategies, including targeted naloxone distribution, the importance of medication for addiction treatment (MAT), syringe service programs, and more.
Mar 7, 2022

Advancing Behavioral Health Equity: National CLAS Standards in Action

Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this webinar highlights real world examples of behavioral health service providers using the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and the Behavioral Health Implementation Guide.
Nov 16, 2021

TX JCMH 2021 Summit - Competency Restoration Crisis, National Perspective

National view of how states are working to improve bed-wait lists of defendants who have been court-ordered for competency to stand trial evaluation or restoration services.
Nov 23, 2021

Norman Ornstein and Keith Ellison on Criminal Justice and Mental Health

Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County, Florida, moderates a conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Norman Ornstein, whose family foundation focuses on criminal justice reform, police reform and mental illness.
Dec 7, 2021

GAINS Summit: States Working on Competence to Stand Trial and Competence Restoration

This virtual summit features national experts along with state and local stakeholders presenting and discussing common barriers in the competence process and strategies for improving evaluation, restoration, and treatment.
Dec 13, 2021

Judicial Leadership

The Honorable Steven Leifman 
Associate Administrative Judge, County Criminal Division
Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
Session Description: This webinar provides an inspiring message of what judicial leadership can accomplish to improve the community and court response to those with mental illness. Miami-Dade County, with a population of 2.8 million, is the seventh largest county in the nation and is a leader in addressing the complex community challenges involving law enforcement, behavioral health and the justice system, and in devising evidence-based, cost-effective solutions for those with mental illness.
Oct 7, 2021 

Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Overview
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Travis Parker, MS, LIMHP, CPC
Program Area Director
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Delmar, NY
Session Description: This webinar will describe the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) and the process of a SIM mapping, an interactive tool used to develop criminal justice and mental health/substance use partnerships in communities to assess their resources, gaps and opportunities at six different intercepts, including prearrest/first contact, post arrest, courts and jails, prisons and prison re-entry, and probation/parole.  This mapping tool is designed to identify potential opportunities for diversion or alternative justice and behavioral health interventions for persons with mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorders.
Oct 21, 2021 

Treatment Considerations in Correctional Settings
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Treatment Considerations in Correctional Settings (pdf)

Debra A. Pinals, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Program in Psychiatry, Law & Ethics
University of Michigan
Session Description: This webinar provides an orientation to circumstances that have led jails to be used as therapeutic settings for individuals with mental illness who become criminal justice-involved; the distinctions between true therapeutic settings and the realities of jail mental health care; and clinical outcomes related to their use. Alternatives to correctional settings for individuals who enter the criminal justice system as a result of unaddressed mental health conditions are identified.
Oct 28, 2021

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
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Magni Hamso, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM
Medical Director
Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare
Division of Medicaid
Session Description: This webinar will provide an overview and orientation to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Idaho. It will review the disease of opioid use disorder, discuss medications and dispel myths related to OUD.  This session will also address medications available for treatment of alcohol use disorders. An examination of access to these medications in Idaho as well as Medicaid’s response will be discussed.
Nov 4, 2021 

Connecting Care for Better Outcomes
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Connecting Care for Better Outcomes (pdf)

Debra A. Pinals, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Program in Psychiatry, Law & Ethics
University of Michigan
Session Description: This webinar will review the meaning and significance of continuity of care for individuals moving among health, homelessness, criminal justice and other systems, and presents considerations for improving handoffs that may produce more beneficial individual and public outcomes.
Nov 10, 2021 

Behavioral Health Issues Resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma
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Shawn Marsh, PhD
Director of Judicial Studies
Associate Professor of Judicial Studies, Communication Studies and Social Psychology
University of Nevada, Reno
Session Description: This webinar will address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on human development and behavior. As a critical point of contact for both adults and children who have experienced childhood adversity or trauma, courts are increasingly interested in trauma-informed approaches to working with both consumers and administrators of justice. This session will provide an overview of how chronic adversity and trauma impacts human development and functioning, outline the role of the court in addressing childhood adversity, and present tips and tools to support trauma-informed practices in courts. The impact of COVID and the potential future of trauma-responsive justice will also be discussed.
Dec 2, 2021

Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
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Debra A. Pinals, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Program in Psychiatry, Law & Ethics
University of Michigan
Session Description: This webinar will provide an overview how the challenges of poverty, poor access to health care, negative environments and other factors contribute to overall well-being and intersect with overall health. Information provided will include background to how these issues, increasingly recognized as social determinants of health (SDOH), can lead to risks of poor outcomes and make recovery from mental illnesses and substance use disorders challenging.
Dec 9, 2021

Keynote Address: Trauma Awareness and Response – What Can Courts Do?

Dr. Debra A. Pinals, Clinical Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School, and Director, Program on Psychiatry, Law and Ethics, University of Michigan Medical School
Important information about what trauma can do to us, how it manifests, and how courts can take on a "trauma-informed" role to help bring greater healing and better outcomes to encounters with individuals before the court.
Aug 24, 2021 

Panel: National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness

Hon. Paula M. Carey, National Judicial Task Force Member (Moderator)
Hon. Richard Robinson, Chief Justice (CT), Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Work Group
Hon. Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice (IN), Co-Chair, Education, Partnerships, and Implementation Work Group
Description of the national landscape of delays and deficiencies of the behavioral health and justice response to individuals with serious mental illness followed by discussion of the work underway in the respective Task Force work groups to address those challenges.
Aug 24, 2021

July 23, 2019
Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Decriminalize Mental Illness

Travis Parker of Policy Research Associates, Inc. shows how to use the SIM tool to identify gaps and opportunities in your community.

August 12, 2019
Mental Health – How Can Courts Respond?

Former Fulton County, Georgia Court Administrator Yolanda Lewis describes how the community used the SIM and key principles to lead change in Atlanta.