TA Coalition Webinar: Crisis Services and Diversion: How State and Local Partnerships Can Make a Difference

A SAMHSA sponsored two-part series webinar presented by The Bazelon Center, took place Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time (Part One) and Monday, March 28, 2022 from 1:30-2:30pm Eastern Time (Part Two) called “Crisis Services and Diversion: How State and Local Partnerships Can Make a Difference”.  


Description: Most efforts to reduce incarceration of people with psychiatric disabilities have occurred at the county level due to county control over correctional and law enforcement systems. Since Medicaid is the primary payer of community mental health services, however, states have an important role to play in planning for expansions of services necessary to reduce incarceration of people with psychiatric disabilities. Part one of this webinar will explore how states can collaborate with counties to expand availability of community services and housing, including crisis services, needed to reduce incarceration and to comply with the ADA's integration mandate. Part two of the webinar will be a deeper discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities of, these collaborations.

Learning Objectives:

Identify what local governments and community stakeholders are doing to divert people with behavioral health issues from law enforcement and incarceration.

Learn what state behavioral health and Medicaid agencies can do to support local community diversion efforts.

Understand federal resources available to support state and local partnerships for diversion.

Consider how to incorporate equity concerns into behavioral health diversion efforts. 



•Dr. Brian McGregor, Owner, McGregor Research & Consulting, LLC; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Morehouse School of Medicine


•Colleen Clark-Bernhardt, Manager of the Division of Policy and Practice Innovation; Coordinator, Dane County Criminal Justice Council

•Brad Munger, Program and Policy Analyst-Advanced, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

•Jennifer Lav, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program



If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org.


Thank you!


**We do not offer CEU credits however a letter of attendance will be available to download during the evaluation after the webinar is complete.   

***Closed-captioning was available for this webinar.