Building Partnerships Between Prosecutors and Mental Health Clinicians

Past Event
July 22, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

This virtual discussion is intended for jurisdictions and counties interested in creating partnerships between mental health professionals and prosecutor offices. This may include administrators from behavioral health and criminal justice systems as well as practitioners engaged in this work. This virtual discussion will include a presentation and panelist discussion highlighting new and innovative ways to approach incorporating clinicians into the legal process to achieve better outcomes.

To better understand how to build these collaborations, panelists will describe their program and the role of clinicians and identify successful strategies for collaborating, such as creating buy-in and overcoming obstacles, such as conflicts of interest. The discussion will conclude with a question-and-answer session for participants.


  • Ethan Kelly, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
  • Demetrius Thomas, Program Director, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
  • Rebecca Neville, Staff Attorney, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Charlin Hughes, LEAD Community Outreach Manager, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kelly D. Boyer, Supervising Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
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