Civil Rights Panel to Examine Treatment of Mentally Ill in West Virginia

Aug 10, 2015, 15:52 ET from U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The West Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a public meeting to examine the treatment by the West Virginia criminal justice system of persons with mental disabilities, including persons who are intellectually and developmentally disabled.  The Committee will examine the type of training provided to state and local law enforcement and corrections personnel in dealing with the mentally ill and programs to address mentally disabled persons in the criminal justice system.

What: Public meeting of the West Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

Address: House Government Organization Committee Room E-215
Building 1, West Virginia State Capitol Complex, 
1900 Kanawha Blvd.
East Charleston, WV 25305

Panel One (9:15 to 10:30)

  • Jason Nicholas
    Assistant Public Defender, Division Supervisor for the Juvenile and Mental Hygiene Divisions
    Kanawha County
    Charleston, WV
  • Quewanncoii (Que) C. Stephens, Sr.
    Aftercare Supervisor, Division of Juveniles Services
    WV Division of Military Affairs & Public Safety
    Charleston, WV
  • Merideth Smith, Ph.D.
    Charleston, WV
  • Andrea Cosans
    Community Engagement Specialist and Crises Worker
    East Ridge Health Systems
    Martinsburg, WV

Panel Two (10:30 to 11:45)

  • James R. Lee
    Chief Probation Officer (Retired)
    First Circuit Court
    Wellsburg, WV
  • Linda Richmond Artimez
    Director of Mental Hygiene Services & Mental
    Health/Veterans Treatment Courts
    West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
    Charleston, WV
  • Sarah Wittig Galgano, Senior Associate
    Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative — The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Washington, DC
  • Robert Bernstein, PhD.
    President & CEO
    Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    Washington, DC

Panel Three (1:00 to 2:15)

  • Stephen M. Haas, Ph.D., Director
    Office of Research and Strategic Planning
    WV Division of Criminal Justice Services
    Charleston, WV
  • Randall Thysse 
    Federal Bureau of Investigations—Operational Programs Branch
    Criminal Justice Information Services Division
    Clarksburg, WV
  • Steve Canterbury
    Board Member
    Council of State Governments Justice Center
    Charleston, WV

Panel Four (2:15 to 3:30)

  • Captain David Lee
    Director of Training
    WV State Police 
  • Joseph Ciccarelli, Chief
    Huntington Police Department
    Huntington , WV
  • Randy Perdue
    Director of Training
    WV Corrections Academy
    Glenville, WV\
  • David A. Clayman, Ph.D.
    Clayman Associates
    Clinical and Forensic Psychology
    Charleston, WV

Open Session (3:30 to 5:00)

For Information Contact:
Tara N. Martinez, Vice Chair       

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