AMSA Conference 2022

Here is the 2022 Law & Mental Health Conference – on Alternatives to Police.



Click here to watch segmented sessions of the 2022 conference.

Jason Renaud, US Senator Ron Wyden, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, US Representative Tony Cárdenas

Ebony Morgan is a registered nurse and the Program Coordinator of CAHOOTS Mobile Street Response for the White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon.

Thirty-one years ago the City of Eugene, Oregon developed an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. White Bird Clinic launched CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) as a community policing initiative in 1989.


Ann Kitchen – Austin City Council
Dominique Jones MA, LMFT – Minnesota Department of Human Services
Jenna Cooper & Dave Thompson – C3 Collective
Kenneth “Khensu” Carter, MD, LAc – National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
Panel Discussion
Taleed El-Sabawi, JD PhD – Elon University
Laurel Lisovskis, LCSW and Sara Stroo – CAHOOTS
Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD – APA Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow at U.S. House of Representatives
Oregon Advocacy Award – Angela Kimball of Inseparable

Moki Macias has served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta-based Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) since its launch in 2017. PAD reduces arrest and incarceration for activities related to mental health, substance use and extreme poverty through two strategies: immediate alternative to arrest for individuals detained by police, and alternate harm reduction response to community referrals through the City of Atlanta 311 line.

Moki received her Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has spent over 15 years engaged in community organizing, program design and advocacy related to criminal justice reform and community development.

Paul Pazen ~ Denver Chief of Police
Carleigh Sailon, LCSW, LAC ~ Denver’s STAR Program
Mariela Ruiz-Angel, MSW ~ Albuquerque Community Safety
Panel Discussion
Amy Watson, PhD ~ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ashley Krider, MS ~ Policy Research Associates
Jackson Beck & Jason Tan de Bibiana ~ Vera Institute of Justice
David Harris ~ CEO of Oakland’s Urban Strategies Council
Jason Renaud ~ Alternative Mobile Services Association

Welcome messages from Day One repeat on Day Two. You can advance the recording of DAY TWO to 24:45 to begin with the keynote by Moki Macias.

The Law & Mental Health Conference is a program of the Mental Health Association of Portland.