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May 19, 2017

Education, Preparation, Resiliency and Empowerment 

Police encounter people coping with various forms of mental illness on a daily basis – it’s easy to do when it’s estimated one out of every four adults in the U.S. has a mental disorder.

To aid in understanding and to help those involved become a part of the solution, Anne Arundel Community College presents the third annual daylong conference on Crime, Violence and Mental Illness Thursday, June 8, on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway.

“It’s more important now more than ever for people to understand mental illness,” said Tyrone Powers, Ph.D.,  director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at AACC, the sponsor of the conference titled “Education, Preparation, Resiliency and Empowerment.” “With understanding comes the tools to effectively help people, to protect people and to serve people.  This is our mission.”

Criminal justice and homeland security professionals, along with mental health practitioners, are invited to the event, which includes workshops on:

  • Trauma-Informed Policing: A 21st Century Approach.
  • Mental Illness and the Active Shooter: People and Public Places.
  • Police Encounters and Mental Health: Anatomy of the Korryn Gaines Case. 

Jilene Chan, M.D., MPH, and chief of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, will give the keynote address. Later in the day, a panel discussion of “Prioritizing Resources: Guns, Violence and Mental Health Services” will include:

  • Jayne Miller, WBAL TV journalist.
  • John Firman, vice president of International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Brenda Shell, retired deputy superintendent of Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities.
  • Michael Blow, retired deputy commander of Prince George’s County Police Department.
  • Frederick Delp, executive director of the Anne Arundel County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The $95 cost includes the keynote speech, all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception. Visit here for information.