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PPN: Schedule

Monday, April 17

ASU California Center
1111 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

5:00 – 7:30 pm PT 

Networking Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 18

8:00 am – 6:00 pm PT

ASU California Center

1111 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

8:00 – 8:45 am PT 

Coffee and Networking

Networking and coffee before official programming.

8:45 – 9:00 am PT 

Opening Remarks

Brette Steele, McCain Institute


9:00 – 9:15 am PT 

PPN Committee Updates and Housekeeping


9:15 – 9:30 am PT 

Welcome Remarks

Karren Lane, Deputy Mayor of Community Safety


9:30 – 10:45 am PT 

Establishing Trust, Early Prevention, and Reporting in Schools

Perpetrators of targeted violence often discuss, or “leak,” their plans and violent intentions in advance of an attack. Intimate bystanders, or those closest to these individuals, are best poised to pick up on the warning signs and say something. Why don’t they? How do we change our culture into speaking up and seeing early interventions as a tool to help someone who might need support? 

Dr. David Eisenman, UCLA

Susan Payne, Safe and Sound Schools

Susan Chaides, LA County Office of Education

10:45  – 11:00 am PT

Coffee Break


11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT

Addressing Systemic Gaps in Helping Those in Crisis

With nearly 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S., each community’s relationship with law enforcement and mental health practitioners looks different. Some have a fraught history in their relationship with minority communities and those most affected by targeted violence. How do we change a punitive carceral system into one that works for its community members? Who are the stakeholders that need to be involved, and in what capacity? Which models work best and how?

Brette Steele, McCain Institute

Jim McDonnell, Safe Communities Institute, USC

Dr. Russell Palarea, Operational Psychology Services

Stuart Haskin, Founder and CEO, Get Safe USA

12:30 – 1:30 pm PT 

Keynote and Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm PT 

Tabletop Exercise

Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Nielsen, McCain Institute

3:00  – 3:15 pm PT

Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:30 pm PT 

Refining the Referral Channel Process

When someone is identified as displaying behaviors on the pathway to violence, they are typically referred to a mental health provider. These referrals can look very different. Some referrals come through school counselors and resource officers while others come through local law enforcement. Some referrals are extremely urgent while others less so. What successful practices are professionals seeing in the referral process? What information is shared – and not shared? How do we improve this process?

Richard Aborn, NYC Citizens Crime Commission

Dr. Maria Martinez, Department of Mental Health, LA County

Chief Emada Tingirides, Community Safety Partnerships, LAPD

Kelly Fischer, Office of Violence Prevention, LA County

4:30 – 5:45 pm PT 

Voluntariness, Incentives, and Compulsion

Not everyone who needs support, services, or treatment willingly volunteer for that support. Those on the pathway to violent behavior – and their loved ones – may not want help or may not understand how these interventions will help. Even if they do, some have reservations about their private information being shared with multidisciplinary teams, such as law enforcement. What tools are available for practitioners to compel clients to seek care? When are those tools appropriate and when are they not? When and to whom should mental and behavioral health practitioners share information about a client who doesn’t continue therapy?

Dr. Heidi Ellis, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Amy Barnhorst, UC, Davis

Mark Gale, NAMI

5:45 – 6:00 pm PT 

Concluding Remarks