Third Annual JPLI Leadership Summit

Past Event
May 18, 2023, 8:00- 9:30pm , Eastern

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

The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative (JPLI) is excited to host our third annual Leadership Summit on May 18, 2023. During this virtual event, we will honor this year’s recipients of the Judge Stephen S. Goss Leadership awards. These awards were established in 2021 to honor the late Judge Goss. The awards are given to one judge and one psychiatrist who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in improving the lives of people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system. The awards presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. We look forward to you joining this event to honor Judge Goss and those working to decriminalize mental health and substance use disorders in their communities.


  • Honorable Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Michael Champion, Forensic Chief, Adult Mental Health Division, State of HI Department of Health
  • Hallie Fader-Towe, Interim Division Director, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
  • Patti Tobias, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts


Award Recipients:

  • Judge Goss Awardee: Dr. Megan Testa, Cuyahoga County Diversion Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Judge Goss Awardee: The Honorable Robert Wonnell, Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program, Johnson County, KA
  • Lifetime Achievement Recipient: The Honorable Matthew D’Emic, Brooklyn Mental Health Court, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Dr. Stephanie Le Melle, Public Psychiatry Education, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

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