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Tuesday, December 01, 2020
11:00 am ET

Regional Policy Council (RPC) Winter Meeting 2020


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The Regional Policy Council Virtual Winter Meeting
Injustice and Inequity: The Path Toward Innovation and Inclusion

Mental Health America's Regional Policy Council (RPC) will hold a half-day virtual meeting entitled Injustice and Inequity: The Path Toward Innovation and Inclusion. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am ET (8:00 am PT) starting with an Awards Ceremony recognizing state mental health champions and will continue with program sessions led by national experts and state leaders from the MHA affiliate field. Participants will learn about programs and practices across the country that may inform more equitable and innovative health, justice, and education policymaking, including:

  • Care Not Cuffs Initiative of the Equitas Project that promotes mental health and freedom over punishment and incarceration
  • Denver Star Team and other model programs for assisting persons in crisis
  • Programs to meet the mental health needs of indigenous adults and children

Regional Policy Council Virtual Winter Meeting

Injustice and Inequity: The Path Toward Innovation and Inclusion

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

11:00am - 11:40am

Legislator Awards 
Special Remarks by Rep. Joan Ballweg, 2017 MHA Legislative Champion and Sierra Hatfield, Council of State Governments

11:35am - 11:45am


11:45am - 12:00pm

Welcome and Framing the Meeting 
Debbie Plotnick, Mental Health America, and Moe Keller, Mental Health Colorado

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Administering Crisis Response 
Dr. Jack Rozel, Resolve Crisis

12:40pm - 1:10pm

Community Crisis Response Takes The Whole Community 
Carole Ballard, CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) International Board Member

1:10pm - 1:35pm

The Limitations of “To Serve and Protect”
Mary Van Haute

1:35pm - 1:45pm

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Care Not Cuffs and the Denver Star Crisis Programs
Vincent Atchity, Mental Health Colorado, and Chris Richardson, Denver Star Program

2:30pm - 2:55pm 

Affiliate Panel on Reducing Inequities for Indigenous Communities
Carlotta McCleary, MHA of North Dakota, Dan Aune, Empire Health Foundation, and Michelle Aune, MHA of Montana

2:55pm - 3:00pm 

Wrap-up and Conclusions

Questions may be directed to Caren Howard, MHA's National Advocacy Manager at or Debbie Plotnick, MHA's Vice President of State and Federal Advocacy at