M E N T A L _ H E A L T H _ A S S O C I A T I O N _ I N _ T E X A S
JAIL DIVERSION CONFERENCE:
BRIDGING THE GAPS
IN MENTAL HEALTH
Monday, July 26th, 2004 * 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM
Red Lion Hotel * Austin, Texas

Handouts for Jail Diversion Consensus Conference
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Bazelon: Funding Issues Fact Sheet
Bazelon: Overview Description of Jail Diversion Programs Fact Sheet
 
Bazelon: Coninuum Flowchart & Description of Impact Fact Sheet
Consensus Project: Impact of Housing On Incarcerations of Homeless People with MI
Consensus Project: Basic Facts with Fiscal Statistics
GAINS Center: Courage to Change: Community Guidelines for Integrated Services
GAINS Center: Blending Funds
GAINS Center: Developing Supportive Community Coalitions
 
Welcome
Lynn Lasky, President/CEO Mental Health Association in Texas

Keynote Speaker
Jail Diversion: Definitions and an Overview of Evidence-Based Programs
Patricia A. Griffin, Ph.D. is a senior consultant for the Technical Assistance and Policy Analysis Center for Jail Diversion, the National GAINS Center for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System, and consultant for Philadelphia's behavioral health system on forensic issues.

Her areas of expertise include policy and system issues for offenders with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders, diversion of persons with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system, community forensic treatment services, and linkages between institutions and the community.

Her previous positions include the Director of Forensic Services for the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Mental Retardation Services, the State Coordinator for Community Forensic Services for Florida's Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, and the Director of the Community Liaison Unit for the Forensic Service of Florida State Hospital.

In addition to numerous consultations and professional presentations, Dr. Griffin is the author and co-author of articles on diversion alternatives, forensic services, the interaction between treatment and criminal justice systems, and reentry. Dr. Griffin received her doctorate in community psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Session 1
The Scope of Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Involvement in Texas
Dave Wanser, Ph.D. is the Deputy Commissioner for Behavioral and Community Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services, the consolidated department for mental health, substance abuse and public health. Dr. Wanser's responsibilities include administration of contracted services for a wide range of mental health, substance abuse, primary and preventive care and nutrition services and oversight of the state mental health and public health facilities.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, he served as Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) for three years. TCADA purchases evidence-based prevention and treatment services, and is a national leader in the use of web-based data infrastructure for behavioral health services. As TCADA Executive Director he chaired the statewide Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee comprised of 19 state agencies. During his fifteen year tenure at the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR), Dr. Wanser served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services and Director of NorthSTAR Behavioral Health Program, a multi-agency capitated managed care program in north Texas. NorthSTAR was named a semi-finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Innovations in American Government competition sponsored by Harvard University.

In addition, Dr. Wanser has been a consultant to the Center for Mental Health Services Mental Health Performance Partnership Grant Program since 1994. He is first vice-president of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Substance Abuse Directors and was previously the chairperson of the Adult Services Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). He has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma.
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Session 2
The Harris County Network of Jail Diversion Programs: Building Partnerships
Mona Lisa W. Jiles, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, NCC, SWA, has been employed at the Harris County Jail by the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County for the past 8 years. Mrs. Jiles has a total of 11 years of direct service experience working with mentally ill offenders and more than 12 years of management experience. She began her career in the field of mental health working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division in 1985 where she spent 5 years working in a variety of capacities (social worker, psychologist, diagnostician) with the mentally ill offender.

Mrs. Jiles' professional licenses in the State of Texas includes: Professional Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, she has her state certification as a Social Worker Associate and holds her National Certification as a Counselor. Mrs. Jiles received her bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and her Master of Education in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
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Ethel Perry, M.A., C.A.R.T., is the Director of MHMRA of Harris County New START Forensic Services & Court Resource Program. Mrs. Perry has a Master of Arts in Counseling, and is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. Mrs. Perry has over 22 years of mental health experience and is a strong advocate for the mentally impaired offenders. Her vision statement is: "Together Everyone Achieves Much" and "Hope Against Hope." Mrs. Perry is active in the community and the Victorious Living Church in Kingwood, Texas. Her husband Craig Perry is the Pastor of the Victorious Living Church. The Perrys' have one son and one daughter.
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Officer Frank Webb, M.Ed., is a 23-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. Officer Webb currently serves as coordinator of Houston's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, the largest CIT program in the nation. As coordinator, Officer Webb compiles program statistics, writes reports, publishes a CIT newsletter, develops department policy regarding the program, develops program-related training, and is the liaison between the police department and the mental health community. Officer Webb has worked very closely with the mental health community and has received several awards, including the TEXAMI Support Advocacy Award and the NAMI Texas Professional of the Year Award.
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Session 3
Successful Outcomes in Jail Diversion Programs: A Life-Span Perspective.
Tayton Finley, Texas Youth Commision Ex-Detainee and Texas Christian University.

Session 4
Bexar County Jail Diversion Programs:
Funding Streams
Leon Evans is the Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio. He began his career in the health care arena while still in college over thirty-five years ago. Currently, he has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Services for the last four years.

Prior to coming to the Center, Mr. Evans served as the Director of Community Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation, where he was responsible for setting operational policies and ensuring that performance criteria were being met. He has also held various levels of positions at other community MHMR centers throughout the State of Texas.

Professionally, Mr. Evans is a member of numerous National and State level organizations and task forces, to include the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors, Wye River Group on Healthcare, Interactive Forum Advisory Board, Executive Directors consortium of Texas, and the Mental Health Workgroup of the Texas State Strategic Health Partnership.
Gilbert Gonzales, is the Director of Jail Diversion Initiatives at the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio. Prior to his current position, Mr. Gonzales served as the Director of Forensic Services, Director of Outpatient and Residential Services, and Director of Safety Net Services. Before coming to the Center for Health Care Services, he headed various programs at the MHMRA of Harris County. He has worked as a consultant to schools, police departments, and others, conducted therapy in private practice, and served in the Army. Mr. Gonzales is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He holds a Master of Public Service from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Trinity University.
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Session 5
Consumer Perspectives on the Need of
Jail Diversion in Texas

Cindy Hopkins, Director of Consumer Affairs, TDMHMR

Martha Ortegon, Member of TAPA Consumer Council and Prosumer International.

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Session 6
Concho Valley Jail Diversion Program:
A Rural Model
D. Lynn Rutland is the Executive Director of MHMR Services for the Concho Valley. He has worked at the Concho Valley MHMR center since 1998. Before that, he worked for 20 years at the San Angelo State School.Mr. Rutland has provided progressive leadership in a new direction for MHMR Services for the Concho Valley. Improvements have been most notably seen in the areas of financial stewardship, new facilities, reduced administrative cost, community awareness and support, employee morale and turnover, and consumer outcomes.

Mr. Rutland has participated and led multiple statewide initiative to advance and strengthen community services in Texas, including chairing the Pharmaceutical Purchasing Initiative (with a goal of saving taxpayers $30 million dollars annually), participating in the award-winning MH Deputy Program, and active participation on the Legislative Committee. He holds an undergraduate degree (with honors) from Howard Payne University and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Rutland is married to Tami (Phillips) Rutland, and their blended family consists of five children and two grandchildren).
Mike Campbell, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at MHMR Services for the Concho Valley. Before coming to Concho Valley MHMR in 1997, Mr. Campbell worked as a consultant to community MHMR centers and served as the Director of Community Support Programs for Central Texas MHMR Center in Brownwood, Texas. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Behavioral Health Consortium for Children and Adults, and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley. Mr. Campbell holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Services Administration from the University of North Texas. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Control Tower Operator.
Honorable Eddie Howard, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, Tom Green County.
Honorable Fred Buck, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Tom Green County.
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Session 7
Break Out Groups
Session 8
Teams Report Back, Patty Griffin, Moderator
Closing Remarks, Lynn Lasky
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