Effective suicide prevention involves being culturally sensitive to the individuals who are at risk. Clinical psychologist and researcher Joyce Chu of Palo Alto University discusses how traditional suicide risk assessments often miss the mark with diverse populations. She and her colleagues at the Santa Clara Department of Behavioral Health have launched an innovative new “culturally responsive” training program called “Be Sensitive, Be Brave,” to help individuals serve as the eyes and ears in their neighborhoods in preventing suicide among diverse populations.
This webinar will describe some of the unique benefits of and challenges to developing these specialized diversion programs. Participants will also discuss best practices in program implementation, such as developing eligibility standards, establishing candidate screening protocols, and setting treatment conditions. Prosecutors from the Second Judicial District in Arkansas—a current Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantee—and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office will share their own experiences with behavioral health diversion, including its importance for prosecutors and lessons learned.
Learn about the research that informs how to successfully implement mental health diversion as a strategy for prosecutors. This session will cover background on the issue of the over-representation of people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system, as well as use hypothetical defendants to discuss who makes an appropriate candidate for diversion and developing case plans targeted to individual risks and needs.
CalHOPE delivers crisis support for communities impacted by a national disaster. This is a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and run by the California Department of Health Care Services.
Participants of this webcast will learn about promising practices in disaster behavioral health planning, and speakers will share successful examples that have been implemented in the field. The Introduction to Promising Practices in Disaster Behavioral Health Planning (Date Recorded: July 10, 2013) (55 minutes) full webcast and abbreviated updated video defines promising practices in DBH planning and provides examples of successful implementation of promising practices in the field.