Taking the Call: A National Conference Exploring Innovative Community Responder Models (10/20-21)


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Join the CSG Justice Center, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the University of Cincinnati for Taking The Call, a two-day national conference exploring innovative community responder models. Communities across the U.S. are launching new responses to emergency calls that help reduce law enforcement contact and connect people in need to appropriate health services. These responses are redefining who answers calls for service involving mental health or substance use crises, homelessness, “quality-of-life” issues, and other low-level situations.


Taking the Call will bring people together from across the U.S. to explore how jurisdictions are serving as laboratories for innovation to ensure that emergency calls receive the appropriate response. The conference will highlight the opportunities and challenges of these community responder models and discuss how the approach may improve community health, lessen the burden on law enforcement, and reduce unnecessary justice system contact.


The virtual conference is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. The event livestream will also be accessible at https://csgjusticecenter.org/taking-the-call/ and on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Viewers can join the conversation by following #JusticeBriefingLive.


In May, the Taking the Call launch event featured a panel of community responder experts and is available here. Taking the Call: A National Conference Exploring Innovative Community Responder Models

Dates: Wednesday, October 20–Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET

Location: https://csgjusticecenter.org/taking-the-call/