NAMI Vicksburg Town Hall Meeting on Mental Health: Press Release, Flyer and Agenda
MENTAL HEALTH TOWN HALL MEETING
Circuit Court Room – Warren Co. Courthouse
April 24, 2018
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vicksburg Affiliate in association with NAMI Mississippi will host a Town Hall Meeting on Community Mental Health on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Circuit Court Room (second floor), Warren County Courthouse located at 1009 Cherry Street, Vicksburg. The Town Hall meeting is open to the public. Admission is free and reservations are not required, but seating capacity is limited.
A panel of local officials along with state and regional experts will discuss community mental health: challenges, shortfalls along with successes, services and facilities, and impact of current political and economic factors on mental health services.
The primary intent is to present and share information about the current status of mental health care in our community. A focus of this meeting will be the role that law enforcement has and to discern if additional training is needed to assist law enforcement in dealing with persons with extreme mental illness. The interactions between our law enforcement, state and regional subject matter experts, and concerned residents should help provide important information and insights as well as creative ideas about how we better move forward together. Mental illness is a difficult subject. It carries related stigma and other challenges and is a public health arena facing shortfalls and changes in services and facilities. NAMI Vicksburg/MS is especially grateful to host this meeting. We welcome the perspectives that attendees and panelists will provide.
Mr. Randall Williams, a member of the local hosting agency NAMI Vicksburg Affiliate and board member of the co-host NAMI Mississippi, will serve as moderator for this town hall meeting. Panelists and their abbreviated presentation topics are: Ms. Tameka Tobias-Smith, Executive Director of NAMI MS, Top Three Mental Health Issues in Mississippi; Mr. Bobby Barton, Executive Director, Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health, Community Services and Facilities; Ms. Stacey Waites, LCSW, Director Warren County Holding Facility, The Function and Merits of Warren County’s Holding Facility; Sheriff Martin Pace, Warren County, MS, Mental Health and Law Enforcement in Warren County: Chief Milton Moore, Vicksburg Police Department, Mental Health and Law Enforcement in Vicksburg and Mr. Brent Hurley, MS Department of Mental Health, Crisis Intervention Team. For more information: Contact Mr. Williams at 601.630.7724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Town Hall Meeting
Vicksburg, Mississippi – 24 April 2018
Hosts: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vicksburg & NAMI MS
I. Welcome and Introductions: Mr. Randall Williams, Moderator (6:00 PM)
II. The Three Top Mental Health Issues in Mississippi: Ms. Tameka Tobias-Smith, Executive Director, NAMI MS (6:05-6:15)
III. Overview of Major Mental Health Issues Regionally: Mr. Bobby Barton, Executive Director, Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health (6:15-6:25)
IV. Insights Concerning Community Mental Health Successes: Ms. Stacey Waites, LCSW, Director Warren County Holding Facility (6:25-6:35)
V. Overview of Community Mental Health, Perspectives Law Enforcement: Sheriff Martin Pace, Warren County, MS (6:35:-6:45)
VI. Overview Mental Health Issues for City of Vicksburg Law Enforcement: Chief Milton Moore, Vicksburg Police Department (6:45-6:55)
BREAK: 5 Minutes
VII. Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement: Mr. Brent Hurley, MS Department of Mental Health (7:00-7:20)
VIII. Audience’s Questions* – Panelist Perspectives and Peer Interactions (7:20-7:40)
IX. Summary and Conclusions: Moderator’s and Panelists’ Summary with agreed next steps.
X. Adjournment: 8:00 PM
*All questions for tonight’s panelists must be submitted in written form. Voiced questions will not be allowed from the floor. All questions must be submitted prior to 7:20 PM.