Cross-System Partner Engagement and Outreach to Address Community Needs

Past Event
July 27, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance


This virtual discussion is intended for law enforcement agencies; justice, health, and victim service providers; and community organizations interested in creating or expanding local partnerships to address community needs. Through discussion, attendees will learn about key building blocks to successful partnership and sustainability. The webinar will address the importance of partnerships; discuss how to develop and foster cross-system partnerships; and help attendees learn how to build and maintain other, collaborative community partnerships through successful law enforcement-supported program case studies. The discussion will conclude with a question-and-answer session for participants.



  • Joe McHale, Senior Manager, Institute for Intergovernmental Research; Former Chief of Police, Marion, Iowa 
  • Diane Ragans, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
  • Chief Chris Skinner, Eugene, Oregon, Police Department
  • Caroline Huffaker, Victim Services and Chaplains Director, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Police Department
  • Ken Novak, Professor, Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Demetrius Thomas, Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health, The Council of State Governments Justice Center 
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