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Changing the Paradigm for
Criminal Justice and Mental Health
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Thank you for attending Words to Deeds X!

Since 2003, Words to Deeds has provided a unique forum that has evolved into a standard best practice for creating a true shift in the paradigm between criminal justice and mental health by fostering successful and ongoing collaboration among courts, criminal justice agencies, mental health professions, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Mission
The leaders in criminal justice and mental health participating in this effort strive to end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness by supporting proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, a planned reentry and the preservation of public safety.

Vision
A true shift in the paradigm between criminal justice and mental health will embody an effective jail diversion system that fosters a successful and ongoing exchange of information among courts, criminal justice agencies, mental health professions, government and non- government organizations, to achieve a substantial positive change in the way individuals with mental illness are treated within our communities.

Words to Deeds Leadership Group

Kirsten Barlow – Executive Director, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
Bill Brown Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner
Hallie Fader-Towe - Senior Policy Advisor, Council on State Governments Justice Center
Morgan Grabau Dosskey
- Program Manager, Forensic Mental Health Association of California
Brenda Grealish
- Assistant Deputy Director, California Department of Health Care Services, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Services
Carmen Green Executive Director, California State Sheriffs’ Association
Kathryn Jett - Senior Policy Consultant, CalForward
Darby Kernan Legislative Representative, California State Association of Counties
Linnea Koopmans - Senior Policy Analyst, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
Kathleen Lacey Program Director, UCSF/Citywide Case Management
Robin Lipetzky - Public Defender, Contra Costa County
Sheree Lowe - Vice President, Behavioral Health, California Hospital Association
Elaine Linn Words to Deeds Event Coordinator, Elaine Linn Creative Strategies
Rosie McCool Deputy Director, Chief Probation Officers of California
David Meyer Clinical Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Ashley Mills - Senior Researcher, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Karen Moen Senior Court Services Analyst (Ret.), Judicial Council of California
Jasmine Murrey - Member Services Coordinator, California State Sheriffs’ Association & Foundation
Kimberly Pearson - Deputy Agency Director, Orange County Correctional Health Services
Patricia Ryan Consultant; Executive Director (Ret.), County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
Kevin Smith Therapist, Division Manager (Ret.), Orange County Behavioral Health Services
Linda Tomasello – Senior Governmental Program Analyst, California Highway Patrol
Jolena Voorhis Executive Director, Urban Counties of California
Kit Wall – Words to Deeds Project Director, Kit Wall Productions
Stephanie Welch - Executive Officer, Council on Mentally Ill Offenders
Tracey Whitney - Deputy District Attorney, Mental Health Liaison, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Molly Willenbring Executive Director, Forensic Mental Health Association of California
Carrie Zoller - Supervising Attorney, Judicial Council of California


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