Conference Schedule

Sixth Annual Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Conference
Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, Virginia
October 16-18, 2018

AGENDA
A detailed agenda can be found here: 2018 VACIT Conference Detailed Agenda
Tuesday, October 16

12:00 – 5:00pm          Pre-Registration
3:00 – 5:00pm            CIT Coordinator’s Meeting
CIT Peer Meeting

Wednesday, October 17

7:00 am – 4:00pm      Registration/Information Desk Open
8:30 – 9:00am             Opening Ceremony

Presentation of Colors – Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance
Leslie Hager-Smith – Mayor, Town of Blacksburg
Dr. Michael Schaefer – Asst. Commissioner of Forensic Services, Department of                                                              Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Shannon Dion – Director, Department of Criminal Justice Services                                            Chief Anthony Wilson – Blacksburg Police Department

9:00 – 10:30am           Keynote Speaker

Pete & Kevin Earley
Description: As chronicled in the book, Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness, The Earley’s will discuss their families journey through the criminal justice and behavioral health systems and their road to recovery. Over the course of  several years, Kevin was arrested several times, psychiatrically hospitalized      even more times, and he eventually made the decision to become an active participant in his treatment. Using his lived experience, he now helps others navigate these same challenges, offering hope, support and dignity.

10:30 – 10:45am         Break

10:45am – 12:00pm   Breakout Sessions

#1     Cops Helping Cops: The Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program                  Description: No one understands cops like other cops. The Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) is committed to serving law enforcement officers and other first responders who have experienced traumatic critical incidents in the line of duty or in their personal lives. VALEAP implements proven methods of peer support and mental health services to provide immediate and ongoing psychological and emotional healing to those who experience traumatic events. This interactive session will go over the range of services VALEAP provides and how interested individuals can get involved.
Presenters: Kit Cummings, Sgt. Chris Scallon

#2    Managing Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue for the CIT Responder
Description: This interactive workshop will provide participants with knowledge about how vicarious trauma can affect the CIT responder and will include information about warning signs of burnout and compassion fatigue. Attendees will be guided through a self-assessment to identify ways vicarious trauma has affected them and will learn about ways to increase resiliency and strengthen their support system.
Presenters: Michelle Albert, Andrea Shea

#3    Predictors of Dangerousness in Correctional Settings
Description: There are numerous misconceptions about individuals with mental illness and aggressive and violent behavior.  The reality is that there are very few serious mentally ill subjects are violent.  There are distinct behaviors and characteristics that practitioners should be aware of to predict dangerousness among criminal justice involved individuals.
Presenter: Maj. Amanda Trent

#4    JP’s Law in the Commonwealth
Description: Informing the audience of “JP’s Law”, specifically what it is, why it was initiated, and the goal to make it national law. In April 2018, 1,169 individuals had a JP’s Law designation on their Virginia issued identification card, learner’s permit, or driver’s license. This presentation gives a different perspective on autism and intellectual disabilities from a parent’s point of view.
Presenter: Pam Mines

#5    Peer Support Specialists and the Opioid Crisis

Description: The impact of the opioid epidemic across the country is well documented. This workshop will explore how the Community Service Boards across the Commonwealth of Virginia are utilizing Peer Support Specialists to respond to hospital emergency departments to respond to individuals who have experienced an opioid overdose.
Presenter: David Rockwell, Shaye Farris

#6    A Tale of Two Cities: A Look at Co-Response Teams in the Shenandoah Valley
Description: Various models for response to mental health emergencies by law enforcement and emergency mental health services. This workshop will explore the co-response model. Rockingham-Harrisonburg CIT and Northwestern CIT will share their respective program goals, challenges and accomplishments utilizing co-response.
Presenters: Kelly Royston, Cheryl Creech, Kim Overstreet, Donna Trillio, Det. Lisa Hyde

12:00 – 1:15pm           Lunch

1:15 – 2:45pm             Plenary Speaker

Sgt. (ret.) Nick Margiotta

Description: CIT has existed for more than 25 years and is built on 10 core elements. Despite the longevity of the program, there is still widespread confusion in many communities concerning what a healthy CIT program really encompasses. This includes communities that have endorsed and implemented CIT training as well as communities that have yet to adopt a CIT program. To clarify, it may be useful to view CIT as a “Five-Legged Stool.” This figurative stool cannot function at all with only one leg (i.e., one element of CIT), and really needs at least three legs to stand. Ideally, though, it needs all five legs to be strong, functional, and enduring. This presentation will explain how CIT programs can be more than just training through this figurative five-legged stool.

2:45 – 3:00pm             Break

3:00 – 4:00pm             Breakout Sessions

#1     The Benefits of Unexpected Partnerships for High Risk Offenders: Alexandria’s Forensic Consultation Team.
Description: The Alexandria Magistrate’s Office, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and CSB Jail Diversion team developed a unique partnership to assist offenders diagnosed with behavioral health difficulties move away from the criminal justice system and toward community treatment options. Interactive exercises will demonstrate how individuals are identified and assessed for diversion. Panel discussion will allow participants to ask questions and prompt discussion for the development of unique and helpful partnerships in their own jurisdictions.
Presenters: Michelle Albert, Molly Sullivan, Adam Willard

#2    Lock and Talk in Virginia: CIT Roles in a Community Initiative
Description: CIT officers have such frequent interaction with suicidal individuals that they are becoming essential partners in spreading suicide prevention education.  Lock and Talk Virginia encourages CIT engagement. We partnered with CIT to distribute over 3,000 locking medication boxes and 10,000 firearm locks since 2015.  CIT partners with us to increase community education and bring national speakers for professional development in the areas of suicide awareness and mental wellness.
Presenter: Rebecca Textor

#3    Peer Support Services
Description: Peer support services facilitate recovery from both serious mental health conditions and substance use disorders. This presentation will provide an overview of peer support services and the compliment they bring to treatment teams across the Commonwealth. The presentation will demonstrate the value of peer collaboration with community partners and discuss the need to make the initial contact with patients while seeking treatment.
Presenter: Allison Brady

#4    REACH Crisis Services for the Developmentally Disabled
Description: REACH is a statewide crisis prevention and response system for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. This workshop will provide details on accessing services from any of the 5 regional providers of REACH services, provide an overview of available services from REACH, as well as provide basic identification of symptoms of Developmental Disabilities and intervention skills. Additionally, this workshop will provide information on including a REACH module in local CIT trainings.
Presenters: Heather Norton, Brandon Rodgers, Sheila Reaves, Denise Hall.

#5    25 Brand New Ways to Improve your CIT Program
Description: Without proper care, attention and feeding, all things will languish. CIT programs are no different. This interactive presentation will provide concrete ways to improve your CIT program related to training, assessment sites and community partnerships.
Presenter: Tom von Hemert

#6    Everyday Law Enforcement Officer Wellness and Critical Incident Response
Description: Critical incidents are dynamic, challenging and have the potential to deteriorate rapidly.  A famous quote states; “90% of the game is mental.”  This training will adapt the latest evidence based training in personal resiliency and neuroscience research to low frequency/high threat critical incidents.   This training will provide practical demonstrations of tactics, strategies and proven everyday mental performance skills, which enhance and sustain emergency incident operations, throughout a law enforcement officer’s career.
Presenter: Barry Jacobs

4:00 – 5:00pm             Team Photos

6:30 – 8:30pm             Awards Dinner

8:30 – 11:00pm           Networking Event

Thursday, October 18

7:00am – 2:00pm      Registration/Information Desk Open

8:30 – 10:00am          Keynote Speaker

Sgt. Chris Scallon

Description: Sgt. Scallon is the current Vicarious Trauma Fellow with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Northeastern University working on a national grant from the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Victims of Crimes, creating an evidence-based vicarious trauma toolkit for first responders. Having been involved in multiple shootings, he is intimately familiar with trauma and the consequences of exposure. Chris will discuss officer wellness, vicarious trauma and how these issues are salient to the work of crisis intervention teams.

10:00 – 10:15am        Break

10:15 – 11:30am        Breakout Sessions

#1    Change is a Coming: System Transformation Excellence and Performance in Virginia (STEP-VA)
Description: Virginia’s overall behavioral health system remains underfunded and patched together in well-meaning responses to crises with services that are not always sustainable or consistently funded. To reform the system, DBHDS designed STEP-VA, an innovative initiative for individuals with behavioral health disorders featuring a uniform set of required services, consistent quality measures, and improved oversight in all Virginia communities.
Presenter: Daniel Herr

#2    CIT & Community Engagement: A Look at Three CIT Programs
Description: CIT is more than training! This presentation will explore the ways that three CIT Programs (Blue Ridge, Richmond and Virginia Beach) engage and educate their respective communities to promote the power and promise of CIT. These outreach efforts can be duplicated in any community looking to educate and engage its citizens.
Presenters: Capt. Kelly Walker, Capt. Becky Meeks, Kelly Furgurson, MPO Andrea Bryk

#3    Starting a Successful Police Peer Support Program
Description: Police officers are so worried about helping other people that they sometimes forget to take care of themselves.  This workshop will explain why peer support is important, as well as provide law enforcement agencies with the information needed to start a successful peer support program.  Confidentiality issues related to critical incident stress management/peer support will also be discussed during the presentation.
Presenters: Lt. Jeff Easton, Julie Seyfarth

#4    Predictors of Dangerousness in Correctional Settings
Description: There are numerous misconceptions about individuals with mental illness and aggressive and violent behavior.  The reality is that there are very few serious mentally ill subjects are violent.  There are distinct behaviors and characteristics that practitioners should be aware of to predict dangerousness among criminal justice involved individuals.
Presenter: Maj. Amanda Trent

#5    A Tale of Two Cities: A Look at Co-Response Teams in the Shenandoah Valley
Description: Various models for response to mental health emergencies by law enforcement and emergency mental health services. This workshop will explore the co-response model. Rockingham-Harrisonburg CIT and Northwestern CIT will share their respective program goals, challenges and accomplishments utilizing co-response.
Presenters: Kelly Royston, Cheryl Creech, Kim Overstreet, Donna Trillio, Det. Lisa Hyde

#6    Everyday Law Enforcement Officer Wellness and Critical Incident Response
Description: Critical incidents are dynamic, challenging and have the potential to deteriorate rapidly.  A famous quote states; “90% of the game is mental.”  This training will adapt the latest evidence based training in personal resiliency and neuroscience research to low frequency/high threat critical incidents.   This training will provide practical demonstrations of tactics, strategies and proven everyday mental performance skills, which enhance and sustain emergency incident operations, throughout a law enforcement officer’s career.
Presenter: Barry Jacobs

11:30 – 11:45am        Break

11:45am – 1:30pm    Keynote Luncheon

1:30 -1:45pm             Closing 

 

 

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