All forums are free of charge and will begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm and will be located in the DuVal Auditorium at Banner University Medical Center (1501 N Campbell Avenue). The DuVal Auditorium is located on the hospital's main level, just right of the main lobby. Enter through the main doors and go immediately to the right.
Parking is available at the lot south of the main entrance to the hospital for $1.50 per hour. There is free parking after 5pm a little farther south on Helen Street.
For questions or more information call (520) 306-1933.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 MENTAL ILLNESS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
Kate Lawson DTAP Program Director Pima County Attorney's Office Kate Lawson specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice, with experience in both the legal and behavioral health field. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Business with an emphasis in criminal justice. Kate got her start conducting behavioral health research on maximum security inmates in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Kate has also worked with Pima County Government as a Criminal Justice Policy Analyst in the Integrated Health System. In 2007, Kate helped Pima County launch it first jail-based Restoration to Competency Program. As the Program Manager, Kate worked with the program’s staff to provide excellent services while saving county taxpayers over $1 million in the first year alone. In her position as the Criminal Justice Manager for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Southern Arizona, CPSA, she worked closely with the community behavioral health providers, law enforcement, courts, jail, and community organizations to improve outcomes for the mentally ill and increase public safety. Since 2009, Kate has been the co-facilitator for the Southern Arizona Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, a 40-hour in-service for law enforcement on behavioral health, crisis, and de-escalation skills, that provides approximately 200 hours of law enforcement training throughout the year. As of 2015, Kate has trained over 1,000 Southern Arizona peace officers in CIT. Kate is currently the Program Director of the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP) program with the Pima County Attorney’s Offices under the direction of the County Attorney, Barbara LaWall. Only the second program of its kind in the country, the DTAP program takes high-risk, high-need substance addicted individuals with prison-mandatory felony charges and instead sends them to residential treatment, provides wraparound services like housing and job support, and intensive supervision. The program has had a consistent success rate of 70% throughout its five years in operation.
Sgt. Jill Isley Pima County Sheriff's Department Mental Health Support Team Sgt. Jill Isely has been with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years. Prior to promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2009, she served in various assignments including Patrol, and Criminal Investigations. During her tenure as a detective, she was assigned to various units including Community Problems, Auto Theft, Robbery, Officer Involved Shooting Team and served nearly ten years as a detective in the Homicide Unit. After promoting to Sergeant, she has served as a first line supervisor in Patrol, Special Operations, and the Criminal Investigations Divisions. She is currently the Sergeant over the Mental Health Support Unit. Other duties and responsibilities include Lead Sergeant of the Pima Regional SWAT Crisis Negotiations Team, Co-Sergeant for the PCSD Peer Support Team and Co-Sergeant of the PCSD Child Abduction Response Team.
Sgt. Jason Winskey Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team Sergeant Jason Winsky is the supervisor of the Tucson Police Department Mental Health Investigative Support Team. The team is dedicated to interacting with the persons in crisis throughout Tucson, Arizona, and Pima County at large. On a yearly basis, this team interacts with hundreds of separate individuals, directing (or re-directing) them back to treatment. In addition, Sergeant Winsky is the co-facilitator of the Pima County Regional Crisis Intervention Team Training. He is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 MENTAL ILLNESS AND INCARCERATION
Vicki S. Knight, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist Pima County Adult Detention Center Dr. Knight currently is Chief Psychiatrist at the Pima County Adult Detention Center in Tucson, where she oversees the care of detainees who are Seriously Mentally Ill, as well as others with mental health symptoms or disorders. She was born and raised in Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Ethics from the University of Chicago. She then worked as a paralegal, with a focus on litigation related to healthcare issues; as a Survey Report Analyst for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals; and as a medical ethicist for the American Medical Association, where she served as the staff author of numerous position papers and policy statements involving ethical issues in the practice of medicine. She later graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, then completed a residency program in Psychiatry at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, TX, where she served as Chief Resident. Since coming to Arizona, she has worked at community mental health clinics, in emergency psychiatric crisis centers, at Phoenix Indian Medical Center, and at multiple prison facilities. She has served as the Medical Director of Psychiatry at Marana Behavioral Health, as the Director of the Mood Program at Sierra Tucson, as the Medical Director of Psychiatry for the University of Arizona Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric units, and now as Chief Psychiatrist at the Pima County jail. She has testified at countless mental health hearings, and she constantly strives to improve the services that are available to individuals with mental health disorders throughout our community.
Danelle B. Liwski Pima County Superior Court Judge Hon. Danelle Liwski was appointed to Division 6 of the Pima County Superior Court bench on April 8, 2011. She served on the family law bench from 2011 to 2014 when she joined the criminal bench. Beginning July of 2015 she added all Pima County criminal competency, criminal mental health court, guilty except insane and sexually violent predator cases to her criminal calendar. As of July, 2017 she will also serve as the Presiding Criminal Judge in Pima County. Prior to the serving on the Pima County Superior Court bench Ms. Liwski served as a hearing officer presiding over juvenile matters, including presiding over juvenile drug court. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Pima County Attorney. Ms. Liwski received her Bachelor’s Degree in business from New Mexico State in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona in 1990. She has been active in the bench and bar with the highlight being the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program.
Sam Nagy, RSS and BHT Sam Nagy is certified as a RSS and BHT. I work for COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CARE COORDINATION (CPCC) on an ACT (ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT) Team as a Peer Support Specialist. Been working in field for over 9 years and receiving services for over 18 years.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 MENTAL ILLNESS AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (THE ROLE OF MEDICATIONS)
Martha Fankhauser MS PHARM, BCPP Martha P. Fankhauser, B.A. Biology, B.S. Pharmacy, M.S. Pharmacy, FASHP, FAzPA, and Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP) specializes in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy Practice. She completed a neuropsychiatric pharmacy residency program and was a clinical professor from 1982 to 2010 in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, Arizona. She has served as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist for Arizona Smokers’ Helpline at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She is actively involved in promoting psychiatric pharmacy practice through the Arizona Pharmacy Association and helped develop a psychiatric certificate program and a pain management certificate program for pharmacists. Since 2010, she has a private consulting practice and provides guidance and recommendations for individuals who want an assessment of their medications, over-the-counter products, and complementary medicine treatments (www. Martiefankauser.com). Ms. Fankhauser is currently a Medication Management Specialist at SinfoniaRX and works at the Assurance Health and Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Her interests are in preventative health/wellness interventions, polypharmacy and drug interactions, substance use disorders, tobacco cessation, pain management, and nutritional deficiencies.