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Justice, Mental Health Conference Set for May

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2009  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

The Department for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services (MHDDAS) and the Northern Kentucky Criminal Justice/Behavioral Health Advisory Committee are hosting the “Recovery, Responsibility, Resiliency for Justice Involved Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders Conference” in May to bring together various agencies and professionals serving people with mental health needs.

The event will be May 4 and 5 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington and will feature national speakers on a variety of topics pertaining to behavioral health. Professionals such as  law enforcement, jailers, prosecutors, public defenders, the judiciary, corrections, probation and parole, academics, human services and paraprofessionals, as well as students, families, consumers and youth are encouraged to attend.

“We hope the connections made at this conference will carry over and extend to your work once you get back to your home communities and districts,” said Rita Ruggles, program administrator for MHDDAS. “In these times of lean budgets, it’s vital that we work together pooling our resources and knowledge to better serve those with mental health needs. We will focus on diversion and re-integration programs and services to achieve the ultimate goal of a more fully integrated system that promotes success through collaborative partnerships, knowledge and understanding.”

No registration fee is required. Lunches and break refreshments will be provided. The topics are designed to help participants better understand and deliver services to people with challenging behaviors and their families, while also assuring public safety.

The conference is being made available through a grant awarded by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. A full conference brochure is located on the department’s Web site at

For more information or questions about the conference, contact Ruggles at (502) 564-4456 or e-mail her at





Last Updated 3/24/2009