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  • Agenda
  • Obtain POST credit
What is the extent of the problem?
– An overview of the issue facing Minnesota enforcement agencies – MCPA Staff
How did we get here?
– A history of the Mental Health system – National Alliance on Mental Illness – Sue Abderholden, Executive Director
What is it like to get through it?
– A personal perspective on living with mental illness from Ken Barlow of KSTP 5 Eyewitness News

What are we doing today? - Law Enforcement Models
  • Embedded social workers – Chief Mike Tusken, Duluth Police Department
  • Minneapolis Police Co-Responder Project – Inspector Kathy Waite
  • Dispatch Triage – Brian Theine, Crisis Program Manager, Adult Mental Health Ramsey County
  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – Chief Jeff Tate, Shakopee Police Department

Where do we go from here: A panel discussion centered on solutions
  • Legislative – Rep. Nick Zerwas (R) Elk River
  • Pre-Service Education – Mary Vukelich, Century College
  • Training options – Nathan Gove, Minnesota POST Board
  • Mental Health Advocacy – Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI
  • Practitioners – Dr. Michelle K. Murray, Chief Clinical Officer, Nexus
Takeaways and final thoughts