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2012 Annual Conference
Draws Over 450 Attendees

Attendees at the 2012 Annual Conference and Justice Institute hailing from the Panhandle to Key West from judges to law enforcement officers, learned from leading national and state experts, shared ideas and opportunities and headed home with renewed energy for their community-based programs. The conference was convened in partnership with the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals and our wonderful sponsors, the Florida Department of Children and Families; Bridges of America; Jackson Mental Health Hospital and Lilly USA. Many thanks to our exhibitors for their support: Botvin LifeSkills Training, Cenpatico, Channing Bete Company, FL Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, FL Juvenile Justice Association, La Amistad Behavioral Health Services, Magellan Behavioral Health of Florida, NAMI Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Quiet Elegance Jewelry, Springfield College, Twelve Oaks Recovery Center and UF & Shands - Florida Recovery Center.

In addition to the presentations provided below, check our website in the coming weeks for the photo gallery, video clips and online availability of some education sessions.  Please join us in 2013!

2012 Annual Conference and Justice Institute Program
Read about our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and more!

Access to Benefits as a Key Component to Discharge Planning for Inmates
Dazara Ware, MPC, Policy Research Associates

Aging and Dementia in Community Corrections
Timothy Ludwig, Ph.D., Broward County Sheriff's Office Department of Detention

Challenges and Solutions to Hiring Persons with Disabilities
Harold Thornton and Eladio Amores, FL Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Clinical Research Challenges & Community Collaboration in Addressing Jail Recidivism
Nazim Hamid, Ph.D., Stedman Clinical Trials and Rolando Veloso, Pharm.D. Janssen

Confidentiality and Ethics: Challenges & Opportunities in Problem-Solving Courts
Helen Harberts, MA, J.D.

Court-Based Interventions and Co-Occurring Disorders
Fred Osher, M.D., Council of State Governments Justice Center and Roger Peters, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grants: Data Collection and Review 
Diane Haynes, MA, MPA, University of Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute

Dementia and Competency in the Aging Inmate Population
Francisco Fernandez, M.D., Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of South Florida

Designer Drugs
Helen Harberts, MA, J.D.

Developing Agency Based Peer Mentoring Programs
Tina Gelpi, James D. Ervin, & Thomas Tamer, FGCU & SWFAS TLC - Fort Myers, FL

Dodging Bullets and Bad Guys
Rick Wagner, MSW, MURP, UF & Shands Hospital, Recovery Center

Drug Testing Challenges
Helen Harberts, MA, J.D.

Effective Application of Sanctions and Incentives
Douglas Marlowe, Ph.D., J.D., Chief of Science, Policy & Law for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Evidence-Based Drug Court Treatment: Applying Research to Practice
Roger Peters, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Growing CIT in a Dynamic Community
Sgt. Cynthia Lynch-Kolka, Sgt. Juanita Thornton and Detective Benjamin Kenney, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Immigration & Customs Enforcement Seeking Collaboration
Cindy Schwartz, MS, MBA, and Lourdes Mata, MBA, 11th Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, Margaret Iglesias USCIS, John Stevenson and Felipe Sosa, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care National & State Development
Mark Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW, University of South Florida

Law Enforcement Response to Autism
Lt. Bart Barta, Coral Gables Police Department, Teresa Becerra, Miami-Dade Autism Society, Robert Becerra, Student Advocate

Misdemeanor Drug Court Division Administrative Order
Judge Gisele Pollack, 17th Judicial Circuit

Misdemeanor Drug Court Division Probation Agreement
Judge Gisele Pollack, 17th Judicial Circuit

Misdemeanor Drug Court Program Diversion Agreement
Judge Gisele Pollack, 17th Judicial Circuit 

Misdemeanor Drug Courts
Guy Wheeler, Ph.D., Justice for Life and Judge Gisele Pollack, 17th Judicial Circuit

NAMI Telling Your Story
Joe Mendoza, NAMI Advocate, Dana Foglesong, CRPS, and Karen Levy, DOM

Recognition & Treatment of Depression: Reducing Suicide and Misery in Difficult Times
Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine University of Miami

SOAR Overview
Dazara Ware, MPC, Policy Research Associates

SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery Applicant
Dazara Ware, MPC, Policy Research Associates

SSA Benefits and Justice-Involved Persons
Dazara Ware, MPC, Policy Research Associates

Strategies for Serving the Chronic Homeless
Manny Sarria, Carmen Gomez-Abreu, LCSW, and Thomas Jardon, J.D., Citrus Health Network

Supportive Housing SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practices Implementation
Mark Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW, University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute

Supportive Housing, Boley Centers
Kevin Marrone, Director of Community & Homeless Services, Boley Centers, Inc

Targeting the Right People for the Right Intervention
Fred Osher, M.D., Director, Health Systems & Health Services Policy, Council of State Governments Justice Center

The Verdict on Drug Courts and Other Problem-Solving Courts
Douglas Marlowe, Ph.D., J.D., is the Chief of Science, Policy & Law for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Use of the Sequential Intercept Model to Maximize Jail Diversion Programs
Leah Vail, MA, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and Jim Santangelo, CAP, Alachua County Court Services

Utilizing Evidence Based & Peer Programs as Jail Diversion in Problem Solving Courts
Judi Evans, Executive Director NAMI Florida; Karen Levy, Mental Health Advocate

Who You Should Be Targeting
Douglas Marlowe, Ph.D., J.D., Chief of Science, Policy & Law, National Association of Drug Court Professionals