CIT Conference Agenda

8:00 am    Lobby: Registration
Room 1: Coffee and Pastries

8:45 am    Room 1: Welcome Address
Jack Register, Executive Director, NAMI North Carolina and Robert A. Kurtz, Ph.D., Program Manager, Division of MH/DD/SAS, Justice Systems, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

9:00 am   Room 1: Keynote: The Criminalization of Mental Illness
Speaker: Risdon Slate, Ph.D., Criminology Professor and lead author, Criminalization of Mental Illness:                                                                                Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System

10:00 am  Room 1: Networking Break

10:30 am     Workshops

Room 4: How Psychiatric Advance Directives Can Help in a Crisis
Speakers: Betty Rowland, NAMI NC Consultant and Monica Slubicki, MD, Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke

Room 6: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) A Pre-Arrest Diversion Option
Speakers: Melissa Larson, LEAD Program Coordinator, NC Harm Reduction and Donnie Varnell, Investigator, Dare County Sheriff’s Office

11:45 am  Room 2: NC CIT Awards Luncheon

12:45 pm Room 2: Afternoon Plenary: Overcoming the Darkness
Speaker: Eric Weaver, Executive Director, Overcoming the Darkness LLC and Retired Sergeant, Rochester, New York Police Department

2:15 pm  Workshops

Room 4: Crisis Intervention Team & Brain Injury
Speakers: Lauren Costello, Central Resource & Training Coordinator Brain Injury Association of NC and Karen Keating, Western Resource & Training Coordinator Brain Injury Association of NC

Room 6: The Art of “Being With”: Non-Medical Strategies for Supporting Individuals in Crisis
Speakers: Emily Lupsor, MSW, LCSWA, Mecklenburg County Homeless Support Services/Moore Place

3:30 pm  Room 1: PM Refreshment and Networking Break

3:45 pm  Workshops

Room 4: The Community Resiliency Model for First Responders
Speakers: Ann DuPre Rogers, LCSW, VAYA Health, Community Outreach Director and Michelle Tyler, LPC, VAYA Health, Community Education Specialist Lead

Room 6: Building Powerful Recovery Communities: Stigma Reduction Through Advocacy & Education
Speakers: Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS, Director of Advocacy and Education, Recovery Communities of North Carolina