Growing Stronger Together Virtual Event 2020

NAMI Wisconsin Virtual Event

NAMI Wisconsin is thrilled to announce our first ever virtual event which will take place this September 29th, 2020 from 10 AM – 3 PM. We will have a variety of experts who will present on diversity, crisis response, care-giving, and more! The cost of this virtual event is $10 for members or $15 for non-members. If you have limited financial resources, please reach out to to receive a scholarship.

We are looking forward to connecting with you in September! Thank you!


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Webinar Descriptions & Presenter Biographies

Keynote Speaker 
Dr. Judith A. Cook
Dr. Cook is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants focused on intervention science and psychiatric epidemiology. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She works with federal, state and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing strategies. Her recent work focuses on randomized controlled trials of evidence-based practice treatments for serious mental illness, and outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and chronic medical conditions. She consults with federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Government Accountability Office, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Veteran’s Administration. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the first national study of the prevalence of psychiatric and substance use disorders among women living with HIV/AIDS. She was a member of the NIMH Study Section on Mental Health Services in Specialty Settings from 2006-2009.

Racial Equity is a Verb
Lissa Jones-Lofgren, Principal and Consultant
As we seek to better outcomes for the families we serve, we must deepen our awareness and understanding of the complexities presented by the construct of race and its impacts on mental wellness and family well-being.

About the presenter: Lissa embraces opportunists to bring a more robust, complex, and thoughtful examination of Black life and culture into public discourse. Lissa is a lover of history, literature, learning, teaching and the power of voice! Equity in Culture Coach. Radio Producer. Podcast Host. Grandmother of Twins.

Behind the Scenes: Milwaukee County BHD’s CART Team (Crisis Assessment and Response Team)
Lauren Hubbard, RN, BSN, Director of Community Crisis Services
Staff and leadership will discuss the objectives behind development of Milwaukee County BHD’s CART Team (Crisis Assessment and Response Team) and provide a “day in the life” presentation from current CART staff. BHD CART is a partnership between the Milwaukee Police Department, West Allis Police Department, and BHD Crisis Services. As a co-responder program, the Crisis Mobile Team clinicians are well-prepared to handle behavioral health crisis components of the situation with an officer present to handle any safety and/or Emergency Detention needs.

About the presenter: Ms. Hubbard is an alumni of Prairie View A&M University (Houston, Tx) where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. Ms. Hubbard has spent her career providing emergency behavioral health care services to the residents of Milwaukee County as a psychiatric RN. Lauren is currently serving as the Director of Community Crisis Services at Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division. She oversees various mobile crisis teams, community-based crisis intervention programs, and is leading the community based redesign of BHD’s Crisis Service.

Supporting and Enhancing the Role of Family in Mental Illness Recovery: What Providers, Consumers, and Family Members Need to Know
Dr. Heather Schmidtknecht
Serious mental illness, defined as a mental disorder that causes significant impairment and significantly interferes with one or more major life activities, affects more than four percent of Americans every year. Mental illness recovery is a concept that offers hope to all persons living with mental illness; however, it is especially important for those that are unlikely to be completely free of symptoms and/or the need for mental health treatment. Mental illness recovery is not a concrete outcome; rather, it is a journey that is multi-dimensional and subject to positive and negative influences of the world around the person living with mental illness. One important influence, is the family; thus it is essential that providers, consumers, and family members understand how to support and enhance the role of family in mental illness recovery.

About the presenter: Dr. Heather Schmidtknecht has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. She earned an advanced practice nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2011, and her early experiences as  a nurse practitioner fueled her passion to care for, and advocate for, people with mental health needs. In May 2018, she earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and her translational research project was addressing mental illness stigma.  She is currently an Associate Professor at Winona State University in Winona, MN where she teaches undergraduate nursing students in the classroom and in the clinical setting about caring for patients with mental health needs.  She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI La Crosse County.