Recent Webinars

Webinar: Criminal Justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and People with Mental Illnesses (February 26, 2018)

The webinar provided a systemic overlook of why people with mental illnesses are over-represented in the criminal justice system, how the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) integration mandate applies, and discussed lessons learned from systematic mental health systems reform. The webinar also discussed how mental health, criminal justice, and correctional programs can work together to meet ADA obligations and ensure an array of services that reduce the likelihood that people with mental illnesses will enter the criminal justice system.


  • Mark Murphy, managing attorney, the Bazelon Center,
  • Elizabeth Jones, expert consultant and court monitor in several Olmstead cases

Webinar: Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Services in Schools: Helping Children with Behavioral Health Conditions, including Serious Emotional Disturbance, Succeed (April 14, 2017)

The webinar discussed the challenges often experienced by children with behavioral health disorders in general education settings, sometimes resulting in placement in alternative settings. The webinar also provided participants with a new perspective on what is possible for children with even the most serious behavioral health conditions, and potential strategies for bringing necessary evidence-based practices to their own schools.


  • Dr. Thomas Hehir, Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; former director, Office of Special Education Program, U.S. Department of Education
  • Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, principal of the Manning School in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston
  • Monica Causey, family member and parent advocate from Rutherford County, Tennessee

Moderated by:

  • Lewis Bossing, Senior Staff Attorney, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Webinar: Mental Health and the New Home and Community Based Services Regulation (June 18, 2015)

This webinar discusses the new Home and Community Based Setting (HCBS) settings rule and its implications for mental health services provided under Medicaid. States are currently developing transition plans to bring their Medicaid HCBS systems into compliance with the new rule. The webinar will discuss the requirements of the rule and CMS guidance, describe trends in state transition plans (including those that impact mental health services), and elaborate on how the mental health community can become involved in the transition planning process. The discussion will also touch on the implications of the rule for employment.


  • Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center
  • Elizabeth Priaulx, Senior Disability Legal Specialist, National Disability Rights Network

This webinar was part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) “Addressing Serious Mental Illness” webinar series.