Saturday, February 7, 2015


I encourage anybody who is interested in this to attend.  I plan on being there.  You must register first.  See below.  

Diverting persons with mental illness from the jails and into treatment that works
Dialogue with Judge Steve Leifman
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim
1710 South Highland Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148
Joseph M. Jason, Past President NAMI BA 
CURE Illinois Board Member and Treasurer
Chairman Criminal Justice Action Committee
Member of ACLU of Illinois

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Sent: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:39 PM
Subject: excellent opportunity for the TF 

Hello fellow Taskers -
United Power is sponsoring a presentation by Judge Steven Leifman - the Miami Dade County judge who started the MH courts there.  The presentation is Tuesday, Feb 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland in Lombard.  A flyer is attached. 
Admission is $30, but it's free to people who are members of groups that are part of United Power, which the Task Force is, so when you register do let 'em know you're part of the Task Force.
Here's a bit from the flyer.   
Judge Leifman is associate administrative judge for the Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division and chairman of the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court. He helped start the Criminal Mental Health Project in Miami-Dade County, a program that began in 2000 when the recidivism rate for low-level misdemeanor offenders with mental illness was 72%. The Miami-Dade plan, which included training thousands of police officers on how to deal with people who have mental illness, cut the local jail population nearly in half and allowed the county to close one of its facilities. In 2011, 3,500 trained officers responded to 16,000 mental health-related crisis calls. The result: more than 3,500 pre-booking diversions and a mere 45 arrests.
To register contact Adrienne McCauley, Organizer, 512-560-8838 -
Hope some of you can make it.  Should be a most interesting presentation. 
Talk to you later,

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