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Guest Speakers

Hallie Fader-Towe
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
12:00 PM

Hallie is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she works with local and state policymakers to craft policies, processes, and programs that will work best for their jurisdictions. She is co-author of the Justice Center's recent publication on Essential Elements for Responding to People with Mental Illnesses at the Pretrial Stage and has worked with jurisdictions around the country and most recently in California on collaborative, data-driven planning and implementation efforts to address criminal justice functions from initial detention through reentry, including a focus on individuals with mental illnesses. She has also managed the development of training materials on mental health courts and on judicial responses to the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. She has written on dispute systems design for state trial courts, pretrial responses to those with mental illnesses, information sharing between criminal justice and mental health systems, and mental health court design and implementation. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. Hallie received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Virginia Aldigé (Hiday)
Friday, July 15, 2016
9:00 AM

Virginia Aldigè Hiday, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology, NCSU, and a research fellow with the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, conducts studies in law and psychiatry, particularly outpatient civil commitment, mental health courts, and violence, victimization, and criminalization among persons with mental illness. She has been principal investigator and a co-investigator of several nationally funded projects on civil commitment, resulting in numerous publications with important policy implications. The first set of studies focused on court proceedings, judge's decisions, role of counsel, and the nature of evidence of dangerousness. Subsequent studies focused on subjective experiences and outcomes of mentally ill persons under court treatment orders, most recently under mental health court mandates. Her work is regularly cited by other researchers and has been used by both state legislatures and foreign governments in formulating policy. The British National Health Service and the Ontario Ministry of Health employed her for her expertise in writing their outpatient commitment statutes. Most recently she has consulted with judicial districts in the United States on the formation, expansion, and evaluation of mental health courts.

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