For Immediate Release | September 22, 2023
Wabash to host Rural Justice and Public Health Summit
Three hundred people are expected in Wabash on Friday, October 13 for a justice and health event at the Honeywell Center. The Rural Justice and Public Health Professionals Summit is open to justice stakeholders and healthcare partners from across the state.
The Summit will address the unique challenges of justice and healthcare professionals in rural communities—including scarce resources, red tape, and isolation. Participants will learn about opportunities for collaboration, resources, and strategies to meet the needs of rural professionals. Session topics include:
- Deinstitutionalization and the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council
- Shared Responsibilities, Understanding the Sequential Intercept Model
- Public Safety and Wellbeing
- Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
- Funding Resources
A resource area will allow representatives from service providers including recovery houses, peer coaches, and family support services to connect with participants through a session titled Breaking Down Silos & Building Bridges Statewide.
Attendees (lawyers, judges, social workers, healthcare providers) may earn certain professional continuing education credits. The Summit is a partnership between the Indiana Supreme Court, the Wabash County Bar Association, the Association of Indiana Counties, the Court of Appeals of Indiana, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI), Indiana University, Indiana Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council, the Indiana Department of Health, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Indiana, and the Office of Governor Holcomb. Funding support provided by DTCI and ITLA and the State Justice Institute, Grant No. SJI-22-T-046.
Justice, healthcare, government officials, and community leaders must register by September 29. Media interested in attending must also register in advance by the same date and contact Kathryn.Dolan@courts.in.gov.
Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer