Scientific Meeting » The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: America’s Hidden Mental Health Crisis – Alisa Roth and Phil Andrews


Location: Neuroscience Center, Conference Room C, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD and WebEx

Speakers: Alisa Roth and Phil Andrews
Neuroscience Center, Conference Rooms C
6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD

For the thirteenth year the National Institute of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to attend the fifth of a series of lectures dedicated to innovation, invention, and scientific discovery. One of the most horrific—and least acknowledged—effects of mass incarceration is the epidemic of mental illness in our jails and prisons.

Alisa Roth, journalist and author of “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness”, an investigation into the crisis of mental illness in the US criminal justice system, will explain how this happened—and how we can fix it. A former staff reporter at Marketplace, Roth’s work has also appeared on NPR, and in The New York Times and New York Review of Books. She is currently correspondent for a new national mental health reporting initiative at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media.

Phil Andrews is the Director of Crime Prevention Initiatives for the State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County, Maryland. From 1998-2014, Andrews served for four terms on the Montgomery County Council. In December 2014, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy hired Andrews to develop and implement crime prevention initiatives, beginning with the establishment of mental health courts, and to strengthen community outreach. In January 2016, a Task Force chaired by Andrews released a report unanimously recommending the establishment of mental health courts at the Circuit and District levels to divert people who commit low-level crimes as a product of mental illness into treatment and services and away from prosecution and incarceration. Andrews has helped lead efforts to establish a more pro-active strategy to reduce gang-related violence and recruitment in Montgomery County. He has led efforts to enhance and strengthen the State’s Attorney’s Truancy Prevention Program and has led efforts that have expanded the Office’s educational programs to students and parents on internet safety and cyberbullying to prevent crime and victimization.

This event is open without prior registration to all NIH staff and the public. Parking is available at a nominal fee. A government-issued photo-identification card (e.g., NIH ID or driver’s license) is required to gain entrance to the building. This event will be audio WebEx.

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Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact Dawn Smith 301-451-3957 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Meeting number: 626 484 025
Audio: 1-650-479-3208
Video address: Dial

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