Taking the Call: A National Conference Exploring Innovative Community Responder Models

Upcoming Event
May 20, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 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.

The virtual event on May 20, 2021 will feature a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Anita Everett, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services
  • Anne Larsen, Outreach Services Coordinator, Olympia Police Department, Crisis Responder Unit
  • Kristen Mahoney, Acting Director, U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Keris Jän Myrick, Director, JED Foundation and Co-Director, S2i (The Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative)
  • Murphy Paul, Chief of Police, Baton Rouge Police Department
  • Carleigh M. Sailon, Program Manager – Criminal Justice Services, Denver STAR program

Taking the Call will also include a virtual gathering on October 20-21, 2021 (more details 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. Both the launch event (May 20, 2021) and the national conference (October 20-21, 2021) are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. (Registration is live, but event is pending approval.)

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