Conference Agenda

Agenda and speaker information will be updated as information becomes available.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Welcome, Review Agenda and Packets, Housekeeping Announcements and Overview of Stepping Up Ohio Initiative & Goals

  • Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General
  • Justice Evelyn Stratton, Retired, Stepping Up Ohio Project Director
  • Rick Kellar, President, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
9:20 AM - 10:40 AM

Making Jail the Last Resort – Keynote Presentation

  • Cindy Schwartz, Project Director, 11th District Judicial Circuit of Florida, Criminal Mental Health Project – Jail Diversion Program MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, an Advanced WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator, Instructor of How Being Trauma Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses, Consultant and Trainer for the SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and Consultant and Trainer for the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (SOAR TA) Center.
  • Justin Volpe, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Certified Recovery Peer Specialist CRPS, WRAP Facilitator
10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Break

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM

Six Steps – Council of State Government Report of National Progress

  • Richard Cho, Director, Behavioral Health Division, The Council of State Governments Justice Center BA from the University of Chicago, an MA in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in public administration at New York University.
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Housing Panel
  • Moderator: Richard Cho, Council of State Governments, Director, Behavioral Health See above
  • Betsy Krieger, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Director of Program Compliance BA in Criminology and Political Science, MA in Public Policy and Management, and SCHM, AHM and S.T.A.R (Spectrum Training Award Recipient) designations.
  • Katie Kitchin, Ohio Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing MPA from the University of Southern California. Her BA was earned at the University of Virginia.
  • Mike Hochron, Franklin County, Policy Director to Commissioner Marilyn Brown MPA from The Ohio State University, BA in Sociology from Skidmore College
  • Terry Russell, NAMI Ohio, Executive Director. TBA
  • Maureen Richey, Policy Analyst, Corrections and Re-entry BA in history from the University of Chicago and an MA in public policy from Duke University.
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Success at the Local Level: County Panel

  • Moderator: Justice Evelyn Stratton, Retired, Stepping Up Ohio Project Director JD, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, University of Akron, B.A., University of Florida, A.A.
  • Delaware County: Kassie Neff, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office – Jail Division, Delaware County Stepping Up Project Coordinator Community Collaboration as the Solution BA Degree in Psychology from Ohio University
  • Franklin County: Michael Daniels, Justice Policy Coordinator Stepping Up: Access Across the Continuum in Franklin County MA in Chemistry from Washington University, BA in Chemistry and Spanish from Franklin College
  • Summit County: Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Stephanie Wintermute
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Managed Care Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Justice Evelyn Stratton, Retired, Stepping Up Ohio Project Director See above
  • Kieran Hurley, Esq., CareSource, Director, Criminal Justice Services JD, University of Cincinnati Law School, Fellow of Law and Psychiatry, Social Work
  • Amy Riegel, Director, JobConnect at CareSource BA from Wright State University. She has her Housing Development Finance Professional certification from The National Development Council.
  • Deidre Palmer, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Healthcare Services Manager 'B.S. in Social Work from Capital University and Masters of Science in Education from University of Dayton
  • Montgomery: TBA
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Consumer Panel

  • Moderator: Justin Volpe, Peer Recovery Specialist
  • Chris Derr
  • Lisa Griffin
  • Cory Dobblelaere
  • Patricia Manning
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Challenge to Counties

  • Justice Evelyn Stratton, Retired, Stepping Up Ohio Project Director

Speakers

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired

Of Counsel, Vorys
Eve is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office. Prior to joining Vorys, she served for 16 years as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio and for seven years as a trial judge in the Court of Common Pleas. She counsels clients on variety of practice areas, including appellate issues, litigation and health care. Eve is also a dedicated public servant. She is the Project Director for the Ohio chapter of the Stepping Up Initiative, a national movement aimed at keeping those with mental illness from cycling through the jail system. She founded this initiative in Ohio and remains a driving force behind its continuing expansion throughout the state. While serving on the Ohio Supreme Court, she formed and chaired the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Mental Illness & the Courts, which since its formation in 2001 has helped establish 38 mental health courts, recommended changes to Medicaid and advocated for a new Juvenile Competency Statute. Currently, she serves with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine as co-chair of the Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness. Eve has also advocated for the development of veterans’ courts, which assist returning veterans with post traumatic stress and other issues that may lead them to criminal activity. In addition, she currently serves as president of the Ohio Military and Veterans Legal Assistance Program a non-profit which connects veterans and military families to a statewide system of referrals to pro bono lawyers, bar associations, legal aid and law school clinics. Eve is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations. She is also member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Foundations and Women Lawyers of Franklin County. Eve received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. She earned her B.A. and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Akron. Eve also has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Capital University Law School and an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University.
CIndy A. Schwartz

Cindy A. Schwartz

Project Director, Jail Diversion Program
Cindy A. Schwartz currently serves as the Project Director of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Criminal Mental Health Project- Jail Diversion Program. Her career goals have been focused on promoting system transformation, community integration and recovery. Cindy has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, an Advanced WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator, Instructor of How Being Trauma Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses, Consultant and Trainer for the SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and Consultant and Trainer for the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (SOAR TA) Center. Cindy is also actively involved in her community and serves on a variety of professional organizations, boards and committees.
Richard Cho

Richard Cho

Director, Behavioral Health
Richard Cho is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of homelessness and criminal justice system involvement, and on the intersection of health care and housing. Before joining the Justice Center, he served as deputy director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the agency that leads the federal government’s response to homelessness. Prior to his time at USICH, Mr. Cho served as the director of Innovations and Research at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. He advised the City and State of New York in the design and implementation of the $1 billion New York/New York III Supportive Housing Initiative. He also helped guide the implementation of New York City’s Housing First program for people with active substance use disorders. Mr. Cho has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in public administration at New York University.
Maureen Richey

Maureen Richey

Policy Analyst, Corrections and Re-Entry
Maureen Richey’s work focuses on reentry projects and includes researching the relationship between housing stability and recidivism and providing technical assistance to community-based organizations that serve formerly incarcerated individuals. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Maureen was an analyst with the Joint Public Policy Office of the Alliance for Children and Families and the United Neighborhood Centers of America in Washington, DC, where she focused on neighborhood revitalization and place-based policy. Maureen has diverse experience in housing policy, including homeless services and housing instability. She has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and completed two years of AmeriCorps VISTA service in southwest Oregon. Maureen has a BA in history from the University of Chicago and an MA in public policy from Duke University.
Terry L. Russell

Terry L. Russell, MPA

Executive Director, NAMI Ohio
Terry Russell is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Ohio (NAMI Ohio). This year, Mr. Russell entered his 43rd year as a mental health professional. Mr. Russell assumed this position July 1, 1998 after serving 22 years as the President/CEO of the Eastern Miami Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, the largest multi-county community mental health system in the state of Ohio. In June of 1998, Mr. Russell retired from the public system. He assumed the Executive Director’s position with NAMI Ohio because of his deep commitment to those suffering with major brain disorders. During his tenure, NAMI Ohio became the largest state affiliate in the country. Through his leadership, NAMI Ohio did become “the State’s Voice on Mental Illness”. In 2002, Mr. Russell received recognition as The National Mental Health Advocate of the Year at the Reintegration Ceremonies held in New York City. Most recently, Mr. Russell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Ohio’s largest foundation working to enhance the care of those suffering from mental illness. As a family member with a sibling afflicted with schizophrenia, Mr. Russell views his role as more of a mission than an avocation.

Amy M. Riegel

Director, JobConnect OH at Caresource
Prior to joining CareSource, Amy was with the City of Dayton for ten years serving as the Manager of Community Development and Grant Administration. Amy provided policy leadership to the City in the areas of housing development, asset based community development, education, and homelessness reduction. During her tenure she oversaw the administration of over $200 million dollars in HUD funding and used forward thinking strategies to provide a 3:1 leverage with private, local and state dollars. She works @relessly for the underserved within the community. She has served on numerous Boards within Ohio that are focused on poverty elimination, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization. Amy is a graduate of Wright State University. She has her Housing Development Finance Professional certification from The National Development Council. She is proud to live in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and three young daughters.

Kassie Neff

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office- Jail Division, Delaware County Stepping Up Project Coordinator
Kassie Neff, is the Jail Program Coordinator for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office where she utilizes a cross systems approach to providing effective criminal and behavioral health treatment interventions for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders with the dual goals of reducing recidivism and promoting recovery. Kassie also serves as Project Coordinator of the Delaware County Stepping Up Initiative, which seeks to safety reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail. She considers herself as a “boundary spanner”, working hard to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive community engagement policies, tactics, and programs that build effective relationships with county and state leaders and stakeholders. She is a graduate of Ohio University with B.A. in Psychology.

Mike Hochron

Policy Director to Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown
Mike Hochron serves as Policy Director to Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown. In this role, he oversees countywide policy initiatives with a focus on equity and opportunity for all county residents. He works with a particular emphasis on the connectedness between homelessness, eviction, and justice-system involvement. In 2016, Mike served as lead staff on the Franklin County Task Force to Prevent Family Homelessness, chaired by Commissioner Brown. Mike also provides strategic expertise to community organizations that deliver direct human services programming to vulnerable residents. Prior to entering public service, Mike developed expertise managing programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, and community safety issues. Mike currently serves as an advisory member on the Columbus Women’s Commission subcommittee on Housing and Eviction and the Accountability Committee at the United Way of Central Ohio. He has served on advisory boards for third sector organizations in Ohio, New Mexico, and New York. Mike holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and a BA in Sociology from Skidmore College.

Michael Daniels

Justice Policy Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Programs
Michael Daniels comes to his current career in public service and policy management with an extensive background in science, business, and social justice. He joined the staff of Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown in March of 2012, and in June of 2017 became the County’s Justice Policy Coordinator. He is also vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Africentric Professional Development Shop. He has served on several non-profit boards and has been named a Franklin County Children Services Foster Parent of the Year. He has presented at TEDx Marion Correctional, and was a recipient of the inaugural Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Impact Award in 2013. He was selected to attend the Policy Research Associates’ 2016 Behavioral Health & Justice Leadership Academy. He is the point person for Franklin County’s Council of State Governments Justice Center “Stepping Up” initiative and for Franklin County’s commitment to the White House’s “Data-Driven Justice” initiative. Prior to joining Franklin County, Michael was co-owner and co-publisher of Outlook Media, Ohio’s progressive and GLBT media company, and a frequent commentator in print, and on radio and television. He has worked in television media software as a project manager in California, and in the pharmaceutical industry with postings in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. He holds a master’s degree in chemistry from Washington University in St Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Spanish from Franklin College of Indiana.

Katie Kitchen

Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Katie Kitchin is the Director of CSH’s Ohio office where she is responsible for managing partnerships with state agencies and local communities that serve to improve capacity throughout the state to house and support vulnerable populations. CSH’s Ohio program manages supportive housing programs, and offers technical assistance and training for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Department of Corrections, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Youth Services, and CareSource. Prior to joining CSH in 2014, Katie served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, the lead agency for the Continuum of Care and City and County Mayors’ Action Plan to End Homelessness in Memphis, Tennessee. Under Katie’s leadership, homelessness in Memphis fell more than 20% in three years, and chronic homelessness was reduced by nearly 40%. She was appointed to the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Leadership Council in 2013. Katie previously was the Director of the Office to End Homelessness for the City of Norfolk Virginia where she developed and implemented a ten-year plan that led to a 25% reduction in homelessness in the City after three years. Ms. Kitchin has over 20 years of experience in local, state, and federal government including as a professional staff member of the US House Ways and Means Committee and as the federal legislative director for Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Betsy Krieger

Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Director of Program Compliance
Betsy Krieger joined OHFA in September 2005 and is currently the Director of Program Compliance. Prior to joining OHFA, she was the Enforcement Manager for the Department of Commerce, responsible for directing investigations of Ohio’s real estate agents and brokerages. Krieger has more than 29 years of experience in regulatory compliance and previously held positions with CoreComm, a local telecommunications company, where she directed the company’s compliance to state and federal utility regulations, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and the Ohio Attorney General’s O ice, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Krieger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University, and SCHM, AHM and S.T.A.R (Spectrum Training Award Recipient) designations. She serves on the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association (MAHMA) Board of Trustees and a Columbus suburban zoning and planning committee after serving five years as a Clintonville Area Commissioner.

Kieran D. Hurley, Esq.

Director, Criminal Justice Services for CareSource
Kieran Hurley is the Director of Criminal Justice Services for CareSource, a leading non-profit public sector managed-care company. Previously, he was the Director of Treatment Services at the Court Clinic Division of Central Clinic in Cincinnati, OH. In that role he ran mental health courts, Veteran’s treatment courts, and oversaw diversion based programs for justice-involved clients in the county court system. He worked as a Legal Aid attorney in Greater Cincinnati after graduating from the University of Cincinnati Law School as a Weaver Fellow of Law and Psychiatry in 2006. Prior to attending law school, a career as a social worker in the community mental health system provided the opportunity to work in emergency homeless shelters, state hospitals and with the first Forensic ACT team in Ohio.
Deidre Palmer

Deidre Palmer

Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Healthcare Services Manager
Deidre L. Palmer is licensed as a Social Worker and Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor'​s ​Degree ​in Social Work from Capital University and Masters of Science in Education from University of Dayton. Ms. Palmer has over 10 years’ experience providing Case Management and Clinical Services to individuals including the Homeless and Severely Mentally Disabled populations. Deidre currently provides supervisory oversight of Care Management and Re-Entry Staff at Molina Healthcare. In addition to having great interest in the various aspects of helping to improve the lives of others, Deidre has a passion for improving the lives of the Justice Involved population, particularly those living with Behavioral Health needs. She has demonstrated this by working collaboratively with others who are also passionate about the needs of individuals reintegrating into the community around the State of Ohio. In 2015, Deidre was selected to participate in a webinar, sponsored by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), as one of the presenters focusing on the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Coordination for Medicaid Consumers involved in Correctional Programs. She is honored to engage in today’s panel discussion and looks forward to continuing in the collaboration efforts towards the mission of the Stepping Up Initiative.
Elinore Marsh Stormer

Elinore Marsh Stormer

Judge, Probate Court
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer has been a judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas since November 2004.  As a judge, she has led the effort to provide specialized treatment for offenders. She was the first judge of a Mental Health Court and a municipal Drug Court in Ohio. In the Court of Common Pleas, she began a model Reentry court to help offenders returning from prison become productive citizens. In January, 2016, Judge Stormer began the New Day Court, the first of its kind in Ohio, to help those under civil commitment avoid return to the hospital by providing a path to recovery for the severely mentally ill. Judge Stormer currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the effective treatment of severe mental illness.

Justin Volpe

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Justin Volpe is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. He is a member of the Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health- Jail Diversion Program Team, working with clientele who are high-need, high-risk and have high-recidivism rates, linking adults with severe mental illness to supportive services. He is also a consultant through the SAMHSA National Center of Trauma-Informed Care, training mental health facilities and other organizations on trauma-informed practices. He uses his own life experience to justify adequate treatment of clients and the people he serves.
Stephanie Wintermute

Stephanie Wintermute

TBA
Stephanie Wintermute attended The University of Akron and graduated from the National Institute of Technology with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Stephanie worked as a Certified Medical Assistant and in the medical research field before joining the Summit County Probate Court in 2013. 2015, Stephanie was appointed by Judge Stormer to assist in starting the New Day Court, the first of its kind in Ohio. She met with community providers, including the ADM Board, Community Support Services, NAMI and PES to assist Judge Stormer in developing the process by which these agencies could identify clients eligible for New Day Court services, make referrals to this program and monitor compliance with treatment goals. As New Day Court Coordinator, Stephanie continues to serve as the liaison for community providers and the Court to assist in providing the severely mentally ill on outpatient commitment with tools to take an active role in their recovery.