Oct

20

Taking the Call: A national conference exploring innovative community responder models

Upcoming Event
October 20, 2021, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm, Eastern

October 21, 2021 11:30 am – 5:30 pm, Eastern


Communities across the U.S. are launching new responses to emergency calls. They are redefining who answers calls for service involving mental health or substance use crises, homelessness, “quality-of-life” issues, and other low-level situations.

Taking the Call will bring people together from across the U.S. to explore how jurisdictions are serving as laboratories for innovation to ensure that emergency calls receive the appropriate response. The conference will explore the opportunities and challenges of these community responder models and whether or how the approach may improve community health, lessen the burden on law enforcement, and reduce unnecessary justice system contact.

Taking the Call will be presented virtually on October 20-21, 2021 (more details here).

Our Taking the Call launch event in May featured a conversation addressing the opportunities and challenges posed by these community responder models and whether or how the approach may improve community health, lessen the burden on law enforcement, and reduce unnecessary justice system contact. You can watch the event here.

The conference is presented by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the University of Cincinnati. The national conference is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. (Registration is live, but event is pending approval.)

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