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DHS News Newsletter September 2007 

Which Way Out? The Sequential Intercept Model: A Framework for Decriminalizing Mental Illness

September 2007

About the Conference

Which Way Out? is a national conference on diversion of persons with mental illness formatted around the Sequential Intercept Model.

Workshops will highlight local programs at the five intercept points along the Sequential Intercept Model—addressing the elements of success and the challenges to planning, implementation, evaluating, and sustaining programs that decriminalize behavioral health disorders.

National model programs in the areas of police-based crisis intervention, pre-/post-booking jail diversion, specialty courts, re-entry and reintegration, and community supervision for persons with mental illness, substance abuse and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders will also be presented.

Date & Location

November 14-16, 2007;  Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Telephone:  (412) 261-2600 / (1-800) 255-7488, Fax:  (412) 261-2932

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers include Sequential Intercept Model developers Patricia Griffin, PhD, and Mark Munetz, MD.

Guest speaker, Peter Earley, author of the acclaimed non-fiction book, Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, will discuss his examination of the mental health system in the U.S. and what it was like to be on the inside looking out when his son was declared mentally ill.

Henry J. Steadman, PhD, president and founder of Policy Research Associates will discuss the future of diversion.

Who Should Attend

This conference is intended for individuals interested in justice-related behavioral health issues including those from: law enforcement, local and state corrections, behavioral health and other service provider agencies, court personnel, policy and program decision-makers, and behavioral health consumers and families. We encourage participation by all individuals.

Closed Captioning will be provided at main events; American Sign Language interpreters will be available for workshops upon request.

Please notify us of your special needs by calling Virginia Suplee at (412) 454-2605 at least two weeks in advance of this event.

More Information

For more information about the conference, please click here to view the Registration Brochure.

In addition, you can contact Virginia Suplee, Manager of Recovery Initiatives and Conferences, Community Care at (412) 454-2605 or supleevd@ccbh.com 


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