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New Webinar: Ask The Expert: Help not Handcuffs

Register now for NAMI's Ask the Expert: Help Not Handcuffs, a four-part webinar series focused on addressing mental health crises with comprehensive community responses.


NAMI welcomes experts from across the country to present, discuss and explore strategies for diverting people with mental illness away from the justice system and toward the care that they need. This multi-part series will address the history of mental health and the justice system, past and present legislative efforts, several existing jail diversion models, and what we can expect and strive for through programs like these in the future.

As part of NAMI’s mission to engage in advocacy, education, support and public awareness in pursuit of better outcomes for those affected by mental illness, this series aims to provide a comprehensive overview from past to present and beyond of how we’ve arrived at this current moment in mental health and justice.

The series, moderated by NAMI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth, will include perspectives and insights from clinicians, peers, law enforcement professionals and more.

Below is a complete schedule of topics and dates for this series.


Part 2: Legislation & Community Models

March 25, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

In part two of our webinar series, experts will provide an overview of 988 legislation and an additional model of community crisis response, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) The 988 initiative aims to implement a three-digit national call number for mental health crises to divert people in crisis from unnecessary interaction with law enforcement.

Following presentations from CAHOOTS Program Coordinator, Ebony Morgan, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will lead a guided discussion and Q&A with our panel of experts.

Panel of Experts:

  • Angela Kimball, National Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, NAMI

  • Hannah Wesolowski, Director of Field Advocacy, NAMI

  • Ebony Morgan, Program Coordinator, CAHOOTS

Click here to register!


Future webinars in this series:

Part 3: Introduction to Additional Community Models- Thursday, April 22, 2021

Part 4: Implementing a New System- Thursday, May 20, 2021

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