This Equitas Project virtual summit series is focused on rural and frontier diversion efforts and the unique roles and challenges of rural and frontier leaders in disentangling mental health and criminal justice. Presenters will share brief overviews of their diversion work, with time for questions and discussion involving all participants. We’ll hear from law enforcement, judicial, behavioral health, and partners about innovative work being done to promote better health and safety outcomes and reduce incarceration and criminalization in communities with smaller populations, sometimes limited resources, and sometimes vast geographical territories.

*The Equitas Project is Mental Health Colorado’s national initiative to disentangle mental health and criminal justice. 


◊ Friday | May 20 | 4:00pm – 5:30pmET ◊

Sara Howell
County Health Department Behavioral Health Program
Worcester County, Maryland 

Carey Deacon
Center for Restorative Programs
San Luis Valley, Colorado 

◊ Friday | May 27 | 4:00pm – 5:30pmET ◊

Josh Cabral
Outpatient Program Director
New Frontier Behavioral Health
Churchill County, Nevada 

Veronica Dietz
Director of Crisis Services
Carroll County Health Department
Carroll County,

◊ Friday | June 3 | 4:00pm – 5:30pmET ◊

Bill Thompson & Lana Schuerman
Latah County, Idaho 

Judge Jonathan Shamis


Zoom link will be sent to registrants.


With much appreciation for generous support from: