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Step Up Arizona 2017 David's Hope Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit

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Embassy Suites

4400 S. Rural Rd.

Tempe, AZ 85282

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Thank you to Arizona Psychiatric Society, Arizona Association of Counties and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arizona for their endorsement of STEP UP Arizona 2017.

Join with criminal justice and mental health stakeholders from across Arizona as we come together to share our successes and challenges in reducing the number of people with mental illness and addiction who are incarcerated. We invite criminal justice / mental health professionals, public officials, peers, family members and all concerned community members to converge for a time the learning, sharing and development of the priniciples and practices being used to promote and implement the national Stepping Up Initiative.

Our keynote speaker will be Nastassia Walsh, Program Manager for County Solutions and Innovations at the National Association of Counties. In this role, Nastassia is primarily responsible for managing Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. Prior to joining NACo, Nastassia was a senior policy analyst at the Council of State Governments Justice Center where she provided training and technical assistance to state and local criminal and juvenile justice agencies to develop programs for people returning to their communities from jails and prisons. She also spent 6 years at the non-profit Justice Policy Institute researching local, state, and federal criminal and juvenile justice policies.

We are honored to have Senator Nancy Barto sharing with us, on her efforts to improve our state's mental health system.

Two day summit registration includes morning beverages as well as lunch and afternoon snacks both days. Awards Dinner on Thursday and breakfast on Friday are also included. Early bird prices available through July 9.

On Thursday August 24 - 4:30pm we will be hosting our Law Enforcement - Mental Health Criminal Justice Collaboration Awards Dinner and Ceremony. Your summit registration also includes the awards dinner. However, if you are unable to attend the two day summit, yet would like to participate in honoring our 2017 David's Hope award winners, Awards Dinner tickets may also be purchased separately.

Awards will be given in the following three categories;

Mental Health Crisis Response by Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Mental Health Collaboration by Judicial Officers

Criminal Justice Mental Health Advocacy

Award winners from across Arizona will be honored for exceptional service in law enforcement, the judiciary and mental health criminal justice advocacy. David's Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition is committed to recognizing the work of our community members who are playing a critical role in the decriminalization of mental illness. Nominations must be received no later than July 1, 2017.

Awards dinner Thursday Aug 24, 4:30-6:30 pm. Sign in opens 3:45 pm.

Email raehopf@cox.net for information on submitting a nomination.

Special rate available through July 10 for awards dinner, when sponsoring a table of eight for your organization.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Registration closes August 15.

Early Bird Summit price $150.00 After July 9 - $175.00

Early Bird Awards dinner price $60. After July 9 - $75.00.

CLE's for attorneys

August 24

9 am Registration and Exhibitor tables open

Our distinquished speakers, panelists and moderators will include: Senator Sylvia Allen, AZ District 6, Senator Nancy Barto AZ District 15, Margie Balfour, MD - Connections AZ, Elizabeth Finn - Presiding Judge Glendale City Court, Ed Gilligan - Cochise County Administrator, Kate Lawson - Pima County Attorney's Office, Sheriff Scott Mascher - Yavapai County Sheriff, Bill Montgomery J.D. - Maricopa County Attorney, Judge John Napper - Yavapai County Superior Court, Dawn Noggle Ph.D. - Maricopa County Correctional Health Services, Chief Deputy David Rhodes - Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Michal Rudnick - AHCCCS, Cory Runge - Flagstaff Police Department, Mark Suagee J.D. - Cochise County Public Defender, Nicole Taylor J.D., Ph.D. - Arizona Department of Corrections, Jason Winsky - Tucson Police Department

10 am Welcome and event overview, Mary Lou Brncik, Director, David's Hope

10:20 am Sheriff Scott Mascher - President, Western States Sheriffs Association / Yavapai County Sheriff

10:50 am Nastassia Walsh, National Association of Counties

12:20 -1:15 pm Buffet Style Lunch

1:15 - 3:15 pm Law Enforcement - Crisis Response Panel - Sequental Intercept Model, Intercept 1

3:15 - 3:30 pm Wrap Up

3:45 - 4:30 pm Awards Dinner Sign In

4:30 - 6:30 pm David's Hope Awards Dinner

August 25

9 am Welcome

9:10 - 9:30 am Jen Marson, Executive Director, Arizona Association of Counties

9:30 - 10:30 am Senator Nancy Barto

10:30 - 10:45 am Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Initial Detention, Competency Restoration, Sequential Intercept Model - Intercept 2, Panel

12:15 - 1:15 pm Buffet Style Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 pm Jails / Courts, Sequential Intercept Model - Intercept 3, Panel

2:45 -3 pm Wrap Up

Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibitor tables available. Call Rae at 602 - 774- 4382 for more info.

Hotel - Embassy Suites Tempe

For $89 per night special group rate, need to book by August 1st.

Call Embassy - 480-897-7444 and mention code MHC

or register online at the link below and enter group rate code MHC


At Embassy you will enjoy the following


  • Spacious Two Room Suites including a microwave and refrigerator
  • Sofa Bed in Parlor Area
  • Two 37” Flat Screen Tv’s
  • Newly renovated hotel with new lobby, restaurant and meeting space
  • Daily Complimentary Full Cooked to Order Breakfast
  • Daily Complimentary Two Hour Evening Reception (5:30pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Urban Craft Restaurant and Lounge featuring innovative American Favorites
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Honors Points and Miles Program
  • Outdoor Resort Style Pool
  • Fitness Center Featuring Leading-Edge Cardio and Resistance Training Equipment from Precor
  • 24-hour Business Center with Complimentary internet


  • Complimentary Internet in Guestrooms
  • Complimentary Parking

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