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Guest Speakers

2016 Information will be posted soon- below is the information from the 2014 conference:


Judge Stephanie Rhoades is a judge for the Anchorage District Court in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1998, Judge Rhoades established one of the first mental health courts in Anchorage, Alaska (the Coordinated Resources Project.) This problem-solving court identifies and diverts criminally involved individuals with mental and co-occurring substance use disorders from the criminal justice system into the behavioral health system. The court is featured in Emerging Judicial Strategies for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Caseload: Mental Health Courts in Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, San Bernardino, and Anchorage by John S. Goldkamp and Cheryl Irons-Guynn, BUREAU JUST. ASSISTANCE (Feb. 2001). Judge Rhoades, by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, previously served on the state-wide Alaska Criminal Justice Assessment Commission (chairing the Decriminalization of the Mentally Ill Subcommittee) and the Alaska Supreme Court's standing Advisory Committee on Therapeutic Courts. She currently serves on the Criminal Justice Workgroup's Subcommittee on AS Title 12 Competency Planning. Before taking the bench, Judge Rhoades was an assistant district attorney, an associate attorney in private practice, and a law clerk. She received her B.A. in Legal Services from the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. In 2000, Judge Rhoades received the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptomist International of Cook Inlet and the Award of Recognition from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Anchorage Chapter. In 2004, Judge Rhoades won an award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice in Atlanta for her work with mental health courts. Judge Rhoades is a member of the Alaska and Massachusetts bar associations. She is an alumnus of The National Judicial College and joined the faculty there in 2003, teaching on Co-occurring Mental and Substance User Disorders and Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disorders. She is a trainer for the Anchorage Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (Memphis model police diversion project) and a consultant to other jail diversion and mental health court projects, including the SAMHSA funded Anchorage Jail Diversion project and the Council of State Governments, the technical assistance provider for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Mental Health Courts Program

Opening General Session
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Taggart Student Center Ballroom
Utah State University


Hallie Fader-Towe directs the Justice Center's projects involving court-based programs and practitioners, including providing technical assistance through the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and the National Reentry Resource Center. In this capacity, she has worked with jurisdictions around the country planning, implementing, or expanding court-based strategies to address the needs of individuals with mental illnesses and/or individuals returning from secure correctional facilities. She also currently manages the development of training materials on the planning and implementation of 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 and has worked on a variety of projects for courts in New York and Massachusetts, including problem-solving programs, strategic planning efforts, and a task force on pro se litigants. Before joining the Justice Center, she worked in New York as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Ms. Fader-Towe received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Hallie is based in the New York City office.

Understanding Mental Health Courts: National Lessons from Research & Practice

Since the first programs began in the late 1990s, mental health courts have proliferated so that today over 300 programs call themselves "mental health courts." Emerging research and the experience of those in the trenches has done much to clarify how communities can design collaborative criminal justice and behavioral health programs, including mental health courts, to improve both public safety and public health. The Council of State Governments Justice Center has been at the forefront of providing training and technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners on these issues for over a decade. Its 2002 Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project Report brought together hundreds of policymakers and practitioners to identify consensus-based strategies for improving outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses involved throughout the criminal justice system. The Justice Center has provided training and technical assistance for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program since the Program’s inception and has authored numerous guides on mental health courts, including The Essential Elements: Mental Health Courts; Mental Health Courts Design & Implementation Guide; and The Research-Informed Guide to Policy and Practice: Mental Health Courts. This summer, the Justice Center will be launching the first national curriculum on mental health courts, Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum. The Justice Center’s Courts Program Director Hallie Fader-Towe will present highlights from emerging research and practice on designing and implementing mental health court programs to maximize effectiveness for both individual participants and local systems attempting to improve outcomes for this population.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location is TBD

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