TA Coalition Webinar: Peer Specialists and Police as Partners Preventing Behavioral Health Crisis

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar developed under contract by the Mental Health America, will take place Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11:30am Eastern Time called “Peer Specialists and Police as Partners Preventing Behavioral Health Crisis.” 



Law enforcement officers are often first responders to mental health calls of service.  In most cases these situations end with incarceration or hospitalization—neither of which are ideal outcomes.  Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE), in partnership with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) are increasing the presence of peer specialists and providing law enforcement officers and individuals experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative solution. Through MHA-NE’s peer outreach program, R.E.A.L., the LPD and Peer specialists are successfully reducing rates of incarceration and re-admission, while providing services and resources to individuals with severe mental health conditions. 


Learning Objectives:

•Review traditional law enforcement practices for handling behavioral health crises

•Understand the challenges faced by law enforcement in responding to mental health calls of service

•Learn about how the R.E.A.L. peer support program is increasing peer outreach and recovery  

•Review analysis of the R.E.A.L. Program’s impact


Speakers: Kasey Moyer, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE) and Luke Bonkiewicz, Police Officer for the Lincoln Police Department 


If you have any questions please contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or at 703-682-5187.


Thank you!


**We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request.  

***Closed-captioning is available for this webinar.