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Safety summit addresses behavioral health and the justice system

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The second of Winnebago County's public safety summit series discussed the impact behavioral health has had on the criminal justice system.

Patricia A. Griffin, PhD was the keynote speaker at the Thursday event. She studies police and system issues offenders with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders face as well as the diversion of people with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system. Dr. Griffin presented her Sequential Intercept Model during her lecture, which addresses the decriminalization of individuals with severe mental illness.

The summit was hosted by the Winnebago County Board and the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice. It was held at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford.

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