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Individual Presentations/Panels/Workshops

The National Mental Health Court Summit is putting out a call for papers. The Summit is scheduled for July 13-15, 2016, in Park City, Utah, and is dedicated to education and training in the creation, organization, operation, and function of mental health court programs. As the Summit is designed to be a collaboration of mental health, legal, and criminal justice professionals from across the country, presentations will reflect a broad diversity of topics including establishing a court, pre-enrollment considerations, in-court decision-making, and specialty court sustainability. Tracks specific to treatment providers, law enforcement, legal actors, and researchers will be available.

The call for papers will remain open through Friday, June 17.

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION/PANEL/WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS We invite proposals for workshops, panels, and individual presentations that will significantly contribute to the National Mental Health Court Summit (MCHS) aim of facilitating education and training in the creation, organization, operation, and function of mental health court programs. Examples of proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Establishing a Court

  • Funding Mental Health Court Programs
  • Mental Health Court Grant Writing and Acquisition
  • Organizing and Developing Effective Mental Health Court Teams
  • Creating Collaborative Partnerships with Community Stakeholders and Treatment Providers
  • Establishing and Maintaining Medicaid Eligibility for Mentally Ill Offenders
  • Strategies for Unfunded Mental Health Court Participants
  • Growing/Expanding your Mental Health Court
  • Defining Mental Health Court Eligibility Criteria
  • Criminogenic Risk Assessment


  • Therapeutic Approaches with Mental Health Court Participants
  • The Impact of the Mental Health Court on the Therapeutic Alliance
  • Dual Diagnoses: Challenges and Treatments at the Interface of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Housing, Employment, and Other Community-Support Service Issues for Mental Health Court Participants
  • Culturally Competent Practice with Mentally Ill Offenders
  • The Application of Motivational Interviewing in Mental Health Court Programs
  • Addressing Criminogenic Risk through Mental Health Treatment
  • Evidenced-based Interventions and Mental Health Court Programs
  • Using Peer Mentors in Mental Health Court Programs


  • Creating Effective Working Alliances with Law Enforcement
  • Implementing Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for Local Law Enforcement
  • Developing and Implementing a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team
  • Mental Health Courts and the Development and Execution of Sequential Interception Systems
  • Effective Roles of Probation Officers in Mental Health Courts


  • Structure and Function of Mental Health Court Status Hearings
  • Utilizing and Diversifying Sanctions and Incentives in Mental Health Court Programs
  • Tools and Interviewing Strategies for Mental Health Court Judges
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Courts
  • Concerns Specific to Federal and/or State Courts
  • Establishing Working Relationships between Prosecution and Defense Counsel


  • Mental Health Court Evaluation Design and Methodology
  • Program Evaluation: Process and/or Outcome Assessment
  • Translational Research: Delivering on Practice-informed Research and Research-based Practice
  • Analytic Frameworks for Understanding Court-based Mental Health Interventions
  • Current Status of National Research on Court-based Mental Health Interventions

Applied Workgroups

This year the MHCS is featuring applied workgroup sessions that will allow interested individuals from across the region and country to share ideas and formulate goals for their respective mental health courts. Applied workgroups will be organized by roles in the mental health court (e.g., judges, counsel, clinical team members, and probation/parole/law enforcement).

Please see the National Mental Health Court Summit website for more information:

By submitting a paper, potential speakers imply agreement to the following:

  • Workshops and panels will be 1.25 hours in length.
  • If selected as a presenter, you are expected to register for the conference and pay for your own travel expenses. Presenters attending the conference receive a discounted conference registration fee.
  • Prior to the start of the conference, presenters agree to provide MHCS with an electronic copy of any presentation and handout materials for inclusion in the conference proceedings and/or to make available to workshop participants via the MHCS website.
  • MHCS may publish all or part of the proceedings of this conference. Presenting at the conference represents an implied agreement that MHCS has the right to include your presentation in future publications or on its website should it decide to do so. Presenters are not precluded from publishing their materials elsewhere, nor is MHCS obligated to include any presentation material in any book, monograph, publication, or other communication that may arise from this conference. Please note that all sessions may be audio taped.

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