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.