On May 17, the Bazelon Center presented the SAMHSA sponsored called “Targeting Housing Resources to Support Reentry of People with Serious Mental Illness”. In this webinar, we discussed strategies to target housing resources to assist people with serious mental illness in transitioning smoothly from jail or prison to their communities, achieving stability and support, and avoiding re-incarceration.
- Martha Knisley, Independent Reviewer in United States v. North Carolina Olmstead settlement and former mental health commissioner of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
- Richard Cho, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary for Housing and Services, focusing on ending homelessness, advancing the community integration of people with disabilities, connecting housing with health, and coordinating HUD’s COVID-19 response efforts.
- Bill Maroon, Director of Business Development and Innovation for Resources for Human Development
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A SAMHSA sponsored webinar, developed under contract by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and presented by The Bazelon Center took place on June 22, 2020 called “Developing and Implementing State Olmstead Plans to Increase Access to Community-based services for Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses or Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances”.
- Estelle Richmon, Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
- Kevin Martone, Executive Director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative
- Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Systems.
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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
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
- Lewis Bossing, Senior Staff Attorney, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
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.