SAMHSA Assistant Secretary to be a Featured Speaker at Progress Made Possible Conference

 As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. McCance-Katz advises HHS Secretary Tom Price on improving Behavioral Health Care in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in HHS. Adding Dr. McCance-Katz to the already impressive line-up of presenters, including Judge Steven Leifman, provides another dimension to our efforts to stimulate dialogue, build allies and showcase best practices for helping individuals and strengthening communities.

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National leader on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Reform to Keynote Progress Made Possible Conference

Hon. Steven Leifman
Miami-Dade County Judge
Judge Leifman has earned widespread recognition for his tireless efforts to improve Florida’s treatment of individuals struggling with mental illness inside and outside the criminal justice system.
Judge Leifman will also lead presentations showcasing the progress made possible in Miami-Dade by better integrating Behavioral Health services and the justice system, pursuing diversion programs and making strides in restoring competency to help people in need and make better use of tax dollars.


Better Outcomes:
  • HEAR from leaders whose efforts are creating national models.
  • LEARN how to strengthen relationships between public safety and community allies.
  • Gain from PRACTICAL PRESENTATIONS demonstrating proven, first-hand experience integrating behavioral health and criminal justice in their communities
  • Program will offer OPPORTUNITY to tour Miami-Dade County facilities and ride along with law enforcement Crisis Intervention Teams
Other featured speakers include Chief Donald De Lucca of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Lt. Sam Cochran (Ret.), University of Memphis Crisis Intervention Team Training Center; Nastassia Walsh, Program Director for County Solutions & Innovation of the National Association of Counties; Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney; and others.
See more of the Conference's speaker line up by viewing the full agenda here 
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The Conference will offer a continuation of the dynamic dialogue we began at the event last January 2017 in San Antonio. That event showcased the remarkable progress San Antonio and others have made in jail and emergency room diversion services, and integrating key concepts and programs in providing better outcomes for individuals with mental health and substance abuse conditions. Our Miami program will continue to emphasize the progress being made in many locations in improving behavioral health and criminal justice integration.


Please REGISTER NOW for join us in December. Travel and hotel accommodations must be booked separately, and a discounted room rate at the Miami Marriott and be found HERE.

If you are interested in supporting the event further, we have sponsorship opportunities available, contact Ashley at for more information and to sign up.