4th Annual Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative Leadership Summit

Past Event
May 3, 2024, 5:00- 7:30pm , Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, and the National Center for State Courts  

This May, the Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative will host its fourth Annual Leadership Summit to celebrate judicial and psychiatric leaders who have dedicated their careers to the same mission. The summit will include the presentation of the Judge Stephen S. Goss Memorial Awards for leadership by a judge and a psychiatrist, lifetime achievement awards, and the first team collaboration award.  

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a policy discussion on the efforts of the task force on mental health in New York to address systems change and strengthen vital services for mental and behavioral health and homelessness. The discussion will expand on providing adequate treatment options and support for individuals experiencing mental illness, substance use, or both and how social determinant factors impact access to care. Panelists will address misconceptions about mental illness and violence and how judges and psychiatrists can work together to improve outcomes for underserved individuals.  



  • Dr. Michael Champion, Senior Advisor for Mental Health and Justice System, Office of Governor Josh Green, Hawai’i; Chair, Forensic Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors 
  • Honorable Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Miami-Dade County Court, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; Chair, Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court 
  • Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation 
  • Nora Sydow, JD, Managing Director, Court Consulting Services 
  • Megan Quattlebaum, Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center 

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