NAMI Southern Arizona Board Member
Kate Lawson specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice system reform. For the last 15 years, she has worked with almost every element of the justice system, from law enforcement and the courts system, through to jail, prison and community corrections. Kate is currently the Program Director for the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP) program with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, as well as participating in a number of justice system reform initiatives and specialty court programs that aid individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns. Since 2008, Kate has been a co-facilitator for the award-winning Southern Arizona Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program, which provides law enforcement and other first responders with tools and techniques on interacting with individuals in crisis and/or with a behavioral health concern. She sits on the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, Pay-for-Success, and Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboration (BHTCC) coalitions.
In 2015, Kate received the Citizens Medal from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in recognition for her work training law enforcement in CIT and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and in 2017 was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and David’s Hope (an Arizona mental health advocacy organization) for outstanding community service. She has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and is a native Tucsonan.