Apply Now to Join the Nationally Recognized Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Sites Program

December 1, 2020

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is seeking applicants to expand the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program. This program is designed to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with successful police-mental health collaborations (PMHCs) between leaders from law enforcement and behavioral health systems who are willing to serve as examples of effective PMHC response models.

Learning sites will be chosen, not just for their programmatic successes, but also for their ability to provide insight and guidance to other jurisdictions interested in starting or expanding a PMHC. While learning sites do not receive funding directly from BJA or the CSG Justice Center, they are reimbursed for approved costs associated with hosting site visits from other jurisdictions or travel to other jurisdictions to provide training and technical assistance. They also have access to no-cost, expert technical assistance provided by CSG Justice Center staff.

Following a competitive application process, selected jurisdictions will gain national recognition as members of the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program and will work closely with the CSG Justice Center to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities to programs nationwide. They may also be called on to collaborate with fellow learning sites and stay abreast of current research and best practices.

If your agency is interested, submit a completed application to Alexis Lacy at no later than Friday, January 29, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. E.T. She can also be reached for any application assistance or questions prior to the deadline.

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Project Contacts

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Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health
Alexis Lacy oversees training and technical assistance to Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees; leads substance use, mental illness, and reentry projects; and coordinates operations and logistics for behavioral health/reentry projects. Prior to joining the
CSG Justice Center, Alexis worked in state and local government, most recently serving as the deputy director of the City Clerk & Clerk of Council Offices in Alexandria, Virginia. She also served as a criminal justice specialist for Recovery Courts with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where she worked with specialty court programs to implement and expand statewide behavioral health treatment initiatives. Alexis was also a law clerk for a circuit court judge with the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Government. Alexis earned an MPA, Nonprofit Management Certificate, and BS in political science from Tennessee State University. 
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    Deputy Division Director, Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health
    Terence Lynn leads the organization’s law enforcement portfolio, which focuses on the intersection between public safety agencies, criminal justice, and behavioral health services. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Terence served as the dean of Business and Criminal Justice at
    Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Prior, he was the senior director of the Division of Professional Studies at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he was responsible for all contracted training and technical advising with the City of New York Police Department (NYPD) and was one of the principal architects and instructors for its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) pilot program. He also served as the head of the police training academy in upstate New York operated by John Jay. In addition, Terence has also advised on a range of police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) response models in communities throughout New York and has served as a police officer with the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state police forces. Terence holds a CAGS degree in counseling and human relations and a MEd in psychology and is a certified CIT coordinator by CIT International.
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