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2022 Minnesota Mental Health Court Conference

May 24 - May 26

Mental health professionals, treatment providers, law enforcement, case managers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, client advocates and others who serve mental health court participants are invited to attend this comprehensive training.

Chanson D. Noether, MA, Norma D. Jaeger, Ph.D. (ABD), Beth Elstad and Julie Vena
Day 1 | Tuesday, May 24th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm CST

Building in the Magic of Peer Support
Peers add several invaluable assets to the operation of mental health courts. It is not too strong to claim that peers may be a “game changer” in enhancing outcomes. This presentation will discuss the research and best practices on the use of peer support specialists in treatment courts, with a focus on mental health courts. Examples of successful treatment court peer support programs nationally will be provided. The common dilemmas facing the efort to expand the use of peers in mental health courts combined with strategies to address such challenges and dilemmas will be discussed. Some of the unique challenges facing the peer workforce in rural communities will be considered. Recovery Alliance Duluth, which serves both urban and rural communities, will be spotlighted.


Ashley Bridwell, LMSW
Day 2 | Wednesday, May 25th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm CST

An Unidentifed Epidemic of Crisis Proportions: TBI in Vulnerable Populations
This session will address the causes, types, functional impact, and resources regarding individuals with brain injury in vulnerable populations such as domestic violence survivors, the homeless, and incarcerated individuals. Functional impact on physical ability, cognitive function, and psychosocial functioning will be discussed in detail. It will address statistics regarding vulnerable populations and brain injury, as well as psychiatric comorbidities in these populations. It will present ideas regarding the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse and brain injury, brain injury and social failure, how prevalent cognitive impairment is in, specifcally, homeless and domestic violence populations, and how diferences in cognitive functioning manifest themselves. Implications of cognitive impairment in navigating out of
homelessness and into housing and employment will be addressed. Lastly, practical recommendations for direct practice will be discussed.


Norma D. Jaeger, Ph.D. (ABD)
Day 3 | Thursday, May 26th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm CST

Risk, Need, Responsivity: Unleash the Power of Responsivity
This presentation will examine the RNR theory and its application to mental health courts with an emphasis on how the engagement of responsivity can be more effectively accomplished. If Risk tells us who to enroll and Need tells us what to focus on, Responsivity tells us how to reach them. Several approaches to addressing responsivity will be explored.



May 24
May 26
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