CLE | Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: Working with Defendants with Mental Health Issues

Friday, January 12, 2018 | 8:30 to 11 a.m. | CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | CREDIT: 2.5 MCLE (1.5 Ethics, 1.0 Skills)  COST: $50 Member, $75 Non-Member, $25 Paralegal, FREE to the following: Agency/Lifetime/Student | Financial waiver information is available here | Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for Experienced and Newly Admitted Attorneys

This CLE will help judges and attorneys recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness in defendants so that appropriate responses can be initiated, both within the criminal justice system (e.g., 730 exams) and to outside community service agencies.


Following a presentation by Donald Kamin, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration, on recognizing and responding to mental illness in the courtroom, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a  panel discussion with Onondaga County practitioners who will speak to their experience with this issue and the helpful local resources you will be pointed toward. This seminar will be moderated by Sarah Reckess, Esq. of the Center for Court Innovation.


Donald Kamin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, mental health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families through system reform and training intiatives. As the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health, and Community Collaboration, he is working closely with the NYS Office of Mental Health to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across New York. Dr. Kamin is also the Senior Advisor on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health. In addition, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College.


Sarah Reckess, Esq., is the director of the Syracuse office of the Center for Court Innovation and a senior associate of the Tribal Justice Exchange. Sarah provides planning and technical assistance to problem-solving courts and justice initiatives in Upstate New York, as well as planning and technical assistance to tribal communities around the U.S. Sarah has taken the lead on writing a number of tribal publications for the Center. Her areas of interest include drug courts/ healing to wellness courts, reentry courts, and juvenile justice. Before joining the Center, Sarah provided legal assistance to Legal Services of Central New York, the Onondaga Nation, and the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership. She also worked as the interim director of the Syracuse University Family Law and Social Policy Center. Currently she provides pro bono legal assistance to the 5th Judicial District Pro Bono-University Hospital Clinic. Sarah holds a B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a J.D. with a concentration in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law.

Panel discussion participants include:

Mathew R Roosa, LCSW-R, Director of Planning and Quality Improvement, Onondaga County Dept. of Adult & Long Term Care Services

Donald VanStry, Esq., Senior Counsel at Tully Rinckey PLLC

Joseph T. Coolican, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office


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