Next Up in Series: Community-based Suicide and Overdose Prevention: Avoiding Unnecessary Hospitalization and Incarceration
April 14, 2022, 10:00-11:30 a.m. PT
The Crisis and Recovery Enhancement Center invites you to our Learning Collaborative series on Building a Stronger Bridge Between Faith Communities and Behavioral Health Crisis Care Agencies. In a crisis, House of Worship and Faith Leaders are often “first responders” for many people. Join Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard as she walks us through engaging presentations and discussion activities about how to build on this asset as well as bridge communication and resources for community empowerment.
This series will build progressive implementation knowledge and action, bringing together faith communities and behavioral health county departments in response to behavioral health crisis care needs (e.g., suicide, overdose, domestic violence, psychiatric crisis). Success is measured by equitable, cost-saving, and life-saving outcomes.
Complete Series Topics
- COVID-19 and Natural Disaster Impacts on Mental Health Crisis Care Needs and Assets
October 15, 2021, 10:00 -11:30am PT
- Resource Sharing and Integrated Supports for Crisis Care Among Faith Leaders, Lay Ministers, and County Behavioral Health Departments
January 13, 2022, 10:00 -11:30am PT
- Community-based Suicide and Overdose Prevention: Avoiding Unnecessary Hospitalization and Incarceration
April 14, 2022, 10:00 -11:30am PT
- Faith Communities and Behavioral Health Departments: Collaboration in Program Development and Funding Opportunities
June 16, 2022, 10:00 -11:30am PT
California county behavioral health directors, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Coordinators and other managers of crisis care or justice diversion services, faith leaders, and lay ministers.
Meet the Presenter
Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard is Founding Pastor of Word of Encouragement Church and Program Director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC. She is a frequent speaker and panelist for conferences related to civic engagement, the black church, the impact of community gun violence, women’s empowerment, and sexual violence awareness. In addition to ministry and civic engagement work, Dr. Najuma is a certified coach; her program Wake Up and Win, focuses on Self-Awareness and Personal Mastery. She is a lover of social media, music, dancing, movies, fitness, and travel. She is mother to Dorian, Zuri, and Daniel (her Angel child). The best advice Rev Najuma ever received came from her mother who told her “You can do anything you set your mind to!” IG: @revjuju
Continuing Education Credits
1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits are available per session for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, ASW, PPS, MFC and/or LEPs as required by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Credit also available for RNs, CADC-CAS, CADC I’s, CADC II’s, CCS, CA CCS, CCJP, CCDP, CRPM, LAADAC, and CCPS. CARS is an approved provider for: CCAPP #4N-08-923-0718, CA Board of Registered Nurses #16303, and CAMFT #131736.