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Unlocking Democracy Webinars: Alternative First Responder Models Can Support Youth in Crisis

On September 7th, Unlocking Democracy and CSG Justice Center will host a webinar on alternative first responder models in policing.

Youth with behavioral health needs are a primary concern for juvenile justice systems across the country, as they often bounce between detention, hospitals, and the community without continuity of care. Developing alternative first responder models and diversion policies can help address this by meeting youth’s health needs in the community instead of through the justice system. These new approaches directly respond to youth’s needs as health concerns rather than as public safety issues. Join us for a virtual discussion to learn how states and counties have implemented alternative approaches and diversion policies that meet youth’s needs more effectively.


  • Dr. Jeana Bracey, Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute 
  • Cory Pedersen, Director of Children and Family Services Section, North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • Sarah Troy, Executive Director, The Juvenile Assessment Center 
  • Stephanie Ueberall, Deputy Program Director, CSG Justice Center

To register, click here.


Unlocking Democracy, a partnership between the CSG Justice Center and Center for Policing Equity (CPE), focuses on community-centered alternatives to traditional first response models. The CSG Justice Center’s site is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about the criminal justice system. Their research provides insights into a wealth of topics including alternative mental health response in policing; race and mental health outcomes; and recidivism and how to combat prison re-entry.

Follow these links to learn more about Unlocking Democracy Learning Communities and Elected Leaders Council.

To learn more about mental health best practices, check out ELEFA’s Mental Health Community Guide.

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