October 29-30, 2015

Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Easley Pavilion Conference Center
1630 Metropolitan Parkway, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30310



The Superior Court of Fulton County hosted the Metro Atlanta Justice Mental Health Symposium at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College. The one and a half day conference brought together stakeholders from the judicial branch, law enforcement community, and city, county and state officials, for training and to facilitate collaborative discussions on ways to improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness in the justice system. The Symposium hosted 200 guests from Athens-Clarke, Bibb, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Fulton, and Rockdale counties. By bringing together a multi-faceted group of professionals, the Courtís intent was to have a positive impact on the behavioral health landscape in the criminal and civil justice system. All provided presentations from the symposium will be listed below.

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Keynote Address
Presenter: Judge Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Miami-Dade
CMHP, FMHI, Mental Health Diversion, Mntl Hlth, Miami SAO, Miami-Dade Cooperative Agreement, Miami-Dade County MMHTF

Collaborative Initiatives for Returning Citizens with Mental Illness and Housing Concerns
Presenters: Stephanie Lucas-McClain & Cynthia Patterson, Governorís Office of Transition, Support and Reentry

Managing the Mental Health Continuum from Arrest to Disposition
Presenters: Colonel Mark Adger, Judge Joseph Burford, Sabrina Rhinehart, Dr. Denis Zavodny

Best Practices in Managing Systemic Trauma for Juveniles
Presenter: Judge Peggy Walker, Juvenile Court, Douglas County

Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform
Presenters: State Representative Pat Gardner & State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver

Overview of Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI) and Transition Accountability Planning

Presenters: Jay Sanders, Larry Dale, and Renee Snead, Governorís Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry

How to Identify Trauma & Trauma Focused Therapy
Presenters: Colonel, Mark Adger, George Herron, Dr. Shannon Cantrelle

Emphasizing Collaboration within the Justice System to Improve Outcomes
Presenters: Keri Strauss, Danielle Maybury, Christy Simpson, Elizabeth Danley

Improving Youth and Community Outcomes through Judicial, Educational and Mental Health Collaboration
Presenter: Dr. LeRoy Reese, Morehouse School of Medicine

Procedural Issues & Lessons Learned- A Roadmap to Recovery
Presenters: Judge Mary E. Staley, Johnny Hembree, Shannon Rippy, Deborah Strotz, Ramona Burkett

Blueprint for Change: Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs
Presenter: Dr. Christine Doyle, DJJ Mental Health Division

Rethinking Law Enforcementís Response to Mental Health (Crisis Intervention Team Training
Presenter: Special Agent Debbie Shaw, GBI Trainer

Jail-based Competency Restoration Program: A Multi-Agency Collaboration
Presenters: Vicki Roberts, Colonel Mark Adger

Leveraging Technology To Improve Outcomes
Presenters: Judge Doris Downs and Judge David Emerson

2015Ė2016 National Criminal Justice/Mental Health Collaboration Learning Sites
Presenter: Judge Stephen Goss, Dougherty County Superior Court, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division