Keynote Speaker:
 Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff, 
Middlesex County, MA

A career public servant, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has overseen the one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agencies - the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office - as it has become a premier public safety institution known for innovation and professional excellence.

During his eight years in office, Sheriff Koutoujian has initiated several landmark programs at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office that have garnered national attention. These include a medication assisted treatment program recognized as a Center of Excellence by the  National Institute of Corrections (NIC); the Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV) that has been touted by the Washington Examiner and Vice News Tonight; and a unique unit for young adult offenders that has been called “one of the most important criminal justice reform experiments in the country” by the Boston Globe.

Under Sheriff Koutoujian’s leadership, Middlesex County was chosen as one of three Data Driven Justice (DDJ) Project pilot sites by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. DDJ is a national initiative focused on linking police, jail, hospital and service provider data to identify individuals with behavioral health needs within in these systems with a goal of producing better outcomes that enhance public safety.

In February of 2019, Sheriff Koutoujian was elected by his peers to serve as Vice President of Major County Sheriffs of America, representing sheriffs from the most populous counties in the nation The Sheriff also sits on the Advisory Board for the Council on State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization whose findings and technical assistance are utilized by state officials across the U.S. Sheriff Koutoujian currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, and is a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, a group of over 150 police chiefs, attorneys general, sheriffs and agency leaders committed to reducing rates of incarceration. He has also been recognized as a “Champion of Justice Reform” by the Coalition for Public Safety - a national bipartisan collective advancing criminal justice reform.

 Danna Mauch, Ph.D, President and CEO MA Association for Mental Health

Dr. Mauch brings extensive organizational leadership, operations management, evaluation research and strategic thinking practices gained from her experience in the public and private sectors.Her advocacy work is focused on practical problem-solving.

Leon Evans, Behavioral Health Care Consultant; former President/CEO of The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio, TX

Evans helped conceive and implement the Crisis Care Center, a 24/7 psychiatric center at the heart of San Antonio’s model of jail  diversion and integration with a wide range of human services to help individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues receive the help they need.

Hon. Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County (FL) Court Judge and Behavioral Health Advocate

Judge Leifman has served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida since 2007. For 20 years he has supervised the 11th Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, aimed at diverting individuals with behavioral health issues who might end up in the criminal justice system into treatment programs.