The first Tuesday of each month from 4-6 pm Arizona time, except for holiday weekends, ACMI will have a featured guest to discuss a relevant Behavioral Health topic; after the speaker, we will discuss current issues with the Behavioral Health System attendees. This month, hear about secure residential from Cheryl Roberts, Executive Director of The Greenburger Center for Social & Criminal Justice, which is opening a secure residential in NYC; learn about Hope House, the vision, and the challenges getting to groundbreaking. We hope to learn from their lessons of the past six years.

Hope House on Crotona Park, anticipated to open in early 2025, will be an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) for those with serious mental illness accused of a felony-level crime(s). Admission to Hope House will be dependent upon an eligible defendant knowingly entering into a voluntary plea agreement to reside at Hope House as an Alternative to Incarceration. Thereafter, the plea agreement is mandated by the judge presiding over the felony case.

Cheryl Roberts, Esq., is Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, a nonprofit she founded with Francis Greenburger in 2014 to advocate for the decriminalization of people living with serious mental illness. Roberts is also a part-time City Court Judge in Hudson, New York, the first woman appointed to that role, where she presides over a misdemeanor mental health court. Prior to appointment as Judge, Ms. Roberts had the privilege of serving four Mayors as City Attorney in Hudson, New York, and 8 years as a Town Judge in Columbia County, New York. In addition to being a licensed bond agent for a nonprofit bail fund, earlier in her career, Roberts practiced environmental and land use law and served as a counsel to committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Topic: ACMI Stakeholder’s Meeting

Time: November 7th, 2023, Greenbuurger’s Hope House, a secure treatment facility by ED Cheryl Roberts

December 5th, 2023, Secure Residential Treatment in San Mateo County by Terry Rittgers, Yessa Calderon, and Louise Rogers

January 9th, 2024, Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance by Linda Mimms

February 6th, 2024, Terros Program and Offerings by COO Jennifer Nye and CEO Karen Hoffman Tepper

March 5th, 2024 Home Inc. by Charles Sullivan

Every month on the First Tuesday until December 25th, 2025

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