Keynote: Start from the Bottom, to build and manage healthcare for the incarcerated

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Kathleen Allison
Agency Secretary, Retired, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Kathleen Allison retired as Secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) after serving from  October 1, 2020-December 28, 2022.

In over 35 years at CDCR, she held several leadership roles, including Undersecretary of Operations from 2019 until retiring in December 2019. Before that, she was Director of the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) from 2016 to 2018, Deputy Director of Facility Support from 2012 to 2016, and Associate Director for the Female Offender Programs and Services from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Allison also served in several positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran from 2002 to 2011, including Warden, Chief Deputy Administrator, Correctional Administrator, and Correctional Health Services Administrator II.  Ms. Allison was a Community Resource Manager at Avenal State Prison from 1997 to 2002.  From 1993 to 1997, she served as a Senior Medical Technician at North Kern and Avenal State Prison.  Ms. Allison began her career as a Medical Technical Assistant at Avenal State Prison in 1987. She is a licensed Registered Nurse. .

Ms. Allison has experienced nearly all aspects of corrections in her tenure at CDCR, from health care and custody operations to fiscal administration, rehabilitative programs, mental health services, and community relationships.  As Undersecretary, Ms. Allison held a critical role in the responsibility for the response of CDCR to the COVID-19 pandemic in some of the state's 35 prisons. 

Additionally, Ms. Allison has overseen the evolution of the Department over the past three decades, including implementing various criminal justice reforms, such as the voter-approved initiatives Proposition 36, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57. She has also successfully led the development of policies and programs that focus on rehabilitation, restorative justice, and successful reentry, which have made prisons safer for staff and incarcerated people, and has strengthened partnerships with both governmental agencies and community organizations to create a system focused on public safety, personal accountability, and positive change. 

Ms. Allison is known to her colleagues as a dedicated, compassionate, and knowledgeable leader. She is married, has four children, and has a Tibetan terrier.

Facing the need for ethical principles and sensitivity for diverse populations

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Honorable Erica R. Yew
Judge of the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara County
Governor Gray Davis appointed Yew, a San Jose native, to the Santa Clara County Superior Court on October 2, 2001.  Yew is the first Asian-American female to serve on this bench.

Yew was unanimously appointed by the California Supreme Court to the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) on May 1, 2019.  She served on the California Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP) from December 2010 to April 2019 and chaired the CJP for two and a half years.  From 2009 to 2012, Yew was a member of the California Judicial Council, which is the policymaking body of the California Courts.  She has returned to the Judicial Council as a member in her role as President of CJA.  Yew was appointed in July 2014 to the Judicial Council's Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness (PAF) and served until September 2021.  She has served on the California Access to Justice Commission (CATJC) since July 2014 and she co-founded and co-chairs the CATJC's Racial Justice and Intersectionality Committee.  Currently, Yew is a member of the board for the National Center for State Courts and chairs the Programs Committee.  She is also the President of the California Judges Association (CJA).  She co-chaired and co-founded the CJA Mindfulness and Wellness Committee and helped to create a website that is open for bench officers nationally to connect them with information to support professional wellness. She is also a co-chair of the California Judicial Mentor Program, a statewide judicial mentoring program jointly established by Governor Newsom, Judicial Appointment Secretary Luis Céspedes and the judiciary..

In addition to the law, community service is important to Yew.  The following representative sample of Yew's awards demonstrates her long-standing commitment to service.  In 1990, the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) named her Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.  The California State Bar gave Yew the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in 1991.  In 1995, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Human Relations Commission conferred the Award of Special Merit upon Yew for her service to the community.  Also in 1995, the Honorable Zoe Lofgren entered Yew's name in the United States Congressional Record in recognition of her volunteer efforts.  In January 2001, Yew won an award from the Avanti Foundation for her volunteerism.  In March 2002, the Asian Law Alliance gave Yew its Distinguished Recognition Award.  In November 2002, Yew received a Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). In September 2003, Yew was recognized by the SCCBA Women Lawyers Committee.  In January 2005, Yew received the SCCBA Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award for her long-term contributions to the legal profession.  On March 14, 2005, Yew was named Woman of the Year for District 24 by California Assembly member Rebecca Cohen.  In March 2006, Yew received the Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County.  In May 2008, AACI gave a Community Star Award to Yew.  In March 2009, the San Jose Business Journal named Yew a 2009 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley.  In July 2009, Yew received an Opening Doors to Justice Award from the Public Interest Clearinghouse, now known as One Justice.  In November 2010, Yew received an Access to Justice Award from the Pro Bono Project for her work in the area of domestic violence.  In November 2011, Yew received the Diversity Award from the SCCBA.  In 2014, Yew received the prestigious John W. Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley (ALF).  The award is conferred upon community leaders who demonstrate ALF's core values of diversity, inclusiveness, civility, engagement and respect.  ALF is a national organization dedicated to training leaders to be better collaborative leaders for the common good.  In 2015, Yew was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.  Also in 2015, Yew was honored by the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus for her contributions and impact in the field of Law.  In 2016, Yew was named Outstanding Jurist of the Year by the Santa Clara County Bar Association and in 2017 Yew received the Legal Impact Award from Asian Law Alliance.  Also in 2017, Yew received the Judicial Council's Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards conferred in the California judicial branch.  Yew is the 2023 recipient of the California Women Lawyers Rose Bird Memorial Award.  

Yew has taught on a number of topics that include judicial ethics, working with self represented litigants, elimination of bias, language access, and collaborative courts.  She has instructed through the California Judicial Education and Research program (CJER), Children and Family Futures, the Rutter Group, California Judges Association, the National Center for State Courts/Center for Judicial Ethics, the National Judicial College, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals among other entities.  She has served on CJER's Curriculum Working Group for QE6, 7, and 8.  Her scripts were adopted and presented in QE7 and QE8 programs.

She is a Past President of the California Asian-American Judges Association (CAPAJA) and Past President of the NAPABA Judicial Council, which is the national association of Asian-American judicial officers.   Yew has also served on the national board for ReSurge (formerly known as Interplast) which provides reconstructive cleft palette and burn surgeries globally, the Santa Clara County (SCC) Law Library Board, and the SCC Child Abuse Council.  In 2008 and 2009, Yew chaired the Good Samaritan Hospital Board and served on the hospital's Bioethics Committee.  She is an American Leadership Forum (ALF) senior fellow, Class XV.  Currently, she co-facilitates ALF's AAPI Caucus.  In 2008, 2009 and 2011, Yew chaired her court's Community Outreach Committee, instituting both Girl Scouts Day at Court and Pre-Law Diversity Day; the latter is a program for which the California State Bar Association has prepared a tool kit to enable other courts to offer similar events. In 2006, Yew served on the California State Bar and Santa Clara County Bar Association Pipeline Task Forces on Diversity, helping to plan the state's first judicial conference on the issue of diversity on the bench.  She has also served on the Advisory Committee for the State Bar's Leadership Academy, a project of the bar's Office of Legal Services, Access and Fairness.  Also in 2006, Yew established Santa Clara County's first county-wide collaborative workshop program serving families dealing with domestic violence.  This collaborative, known as Domestic Violence Information and Resources (DVIR), provided resource fairs and education for victims, perpetrators, and their children throughout the county in multiple languages and in multiple locations including homeless shelters, the jail, schools, and community centers for ten years.

As an attorney, Yew served as a District Three Representative on the California State Bar Board of Governors, now known as the California State Bar Board of Trustees.  Yew is past President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley.  She has also served on the boards of the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley, the Asian Law Alliance, the Legal Aid Society, the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, and the SCCBA Board of Trustees.  For that bar association, she co-chaired the Judiciary Committee and chaired the Minority Access Committee.  In addition, Yew served on then Attorney General Lockyer's Blue Ribbon Commission on SWAT Policies and Practices.  She has also been on the board of Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and served on the county Advisory Commission for the Children's Shelter.  She was a Child Advocate for ten years and volunteered through the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office to represent children in the dependency system.  One of Yew's advocate children is now a judge in Monroe County, New York, and is the first African American female jurist to serve on her court having been elected in November 2018.  In 1994, Yew founded a monthly program for toddlers at the Agnews Family Living Center, a homeless shelter.  As a volunteer and while practicing law, Yew coordinated this program for four years.

Yew received her undergraduate degree with honors from University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and her law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1985.

WOMEN AND Health Equity

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Annette Lambert
, Deputy Director, Quality Management, California Correctional Health Care Services
Annette Lambert has worked in correctional health care for twenty years.  She has served as a senior leader within the CCHCS Quality Management Program from its inception in 2010 and as Deputy Director of Quality Management and Informatics Services at California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) for the past seven years. 

She oversees all of the components of the quality management patient safety systems for the California prison system, which includes the health care performance evaluation system and health care incident reporting process, quality committees, the root cause analysis and Lean Six Sigma programs, and coordination of large-scale improvement projects. She is responsible for providing program direction and professional practice support to more than 280 quality management professionals at different organizational levels statewide.Insert your text here
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Quality Management and Patient Safety, California Correctional Healthcare Services
Navinderjit Singh is board certified in Internal Medicine. She was Chief of Hospital Medicine for VA Northern California Healthcare System and clinical faculty at UC Davis Healthcare System, before joining CCHCS's Quality Management team. She is a current Master Black Belt candidate in Lean Six Sigma and has a passion for harnessing data to improve healthcare and health outcomes in underserved communities.
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Isaac  P. Loera
Chief Quality Officer, California Correctional Health Care Services, California Institution for Women
Isaac Loera is the Chief Quality Officer for Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Southern California.

Isaac began his career in health care in 2007 where he has moved through various analytical and leadership roles in CCHCS until he was appointed as Chief Quality Officer in 2017.  In 2020, the CEO appointed Isaac as Patient Safety Chairman, and in 2023 Isaac was appointed to Chief Equity Officer at CIW where he has Championed various initiatives including cancer screenings for high-risk incarcerated females.  Isaac firmly believes in that if you desire great change, you need to run great projects.

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Bringing High Quality Healthcare to the Incarcerated Lessons from a Nurse Educator

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Lori Roscoe, DNP, PhD, APRN, CCHP-RN
Correctional Health Care Consultant, Correctional.Nurse.Net LLC
 Lori Roscoe, DNP, Ph.D., APRN, CCHP-RN, is a certified Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (nurse practitioner) and a Certified Correctional Health

Professional - Registered Nurse with over 30 years of nursing experience and 28 years of correctional healthcare experience. She is well-versed in both the operational and clinical aspects of healthcare provision inside the walls of correctional facilities. Dr. Roscoe has worked in both jails and prisons. She is a frequent presenter at the NCCHC conferences and presents a monthly Open Forum for American Correctional Nurses Association members. She is also the Treasurer of that organization. Dr. Roscoe is honored to have worked on the American Nurses Association's expert workgroup that edited the second and third editions of Correctional Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Her volunteer efforts include being the Accredited Provider Program Director for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. She recently achieved continued accreditation as a provider of continuing education by the ANCC for NCCHC. She is an NCCHC Multi-Disciplinary Education Committee member and Co-Chairperson of the Nurse Advisory Council. Dr. Roscoe has volunteered her time clinically at the Community Health Center's Free Clinic for individuals without health insurance, where she was a preceptor to medical students, physician assistant students, and nurse practitioner students. She was recently awarded the Margaret Collatt Service Award for 2023 by the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals..

Dr. Roscoe provides accredited continuing education classes that are specialized for the correctional nurse at The Correctional Nurse Educator, and she maintains CorrectionalNurse.net, an award-winning blog exploring clinical and professional practice issues specific to correctional nursing. She also maintains Nursing Behind the Wall, a website offering free clinical scenarios for correctional nurses and nurse practitioners to practice clinical judgment. Dr. Roscoe is a subject matter expert in Correctional Nursing and the provision of Correctional Health Care and has worked on numerous legal cases involving correctional nursing, correctional providers, and correctional healthcare.Insert your text here

Meeting Standards for Juvenile and Adult Correctional Health Services

Wendy Habert, MBA, BS, CCHP, PHR
Director of Accreditation, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
Wendy Habert is the Director of Accreditation for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). She has been working in law enforcement and corrections for over 27 years, having served in many capacities, including as a sworn Deputy Sheriff, Health Services Administrator, (command staff) Director of Compliance, and Regional Director of Operations prior to starting her career with NCCHC in 2021. She achieved her certified correctional health care professional (CCHP) designation in 2014 and became an NCCHC surveyor in 2015, now overseeing the NCCHC surveyor cadre in her current role as staff with NCCHC. She has a bachelor's degree in Criminology with minors in Psychology and Accounting from the University of MN, Duluth, and a master's degree in Business Administration with a focus in management, from the University of CO, Colorado Springs. Wendy's diverse background provides her with unique experiences and a well-rounded perspective, of which she is passionate in helping correctional facilities and people in various roles within custody and health care staff understand the NCCHC accreditation standards and how to achieve optimum success with their health care delivery systems. Residing in Colorado Springs, CO, Wendy enjoys watching her two teenage kids play soccer (one in high school and one playing at the collegiate level in northern Minnesota), riding her Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle through the beautiful roads of Colorado, and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time.

All Bodies Are Good Bodies: Advancing Health Equity through Weight Inclusive Care

Shelley Aggarwal, MD, MS
Medical Director, Santa Clara County Juvenile Facilities Medical Clinics
Shelley Aggarwal, is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Sub-Specialist. She is passionate about health-promoting and culturally-aligned medical care, with a focus on bridging care gaps for underserved and marginalized communities, specifically youth populations. Dr. Aggarwal is teaching faculty with Stanford University.

She has published articles, books, and chapters on the healthcare needs of adolescents and young adults. Currently, she is the Medical Director for Juvenile Custody Health Services in Santa Clara County.

I'M Possible: Wellness from the Inside-Out

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Barbara Barney Knox M.B.A., M.A., B.S.N., R.N.
Deputy Director Nursing, Statewide Chief Nurse Executive for California Correctional Health Care Services
Barbara Barney-Knox is proudly serving as the current President WACHSA Board. Barbara is responsible for the oversight and clinical practice of over 7000 nursing personnel working in the 34 prisons in California. Barbara has been with CCHCS for 8 years and has been instrumental in developing and implementing Shared Governance, a nursing professional practice model that empowers nurses to have a voice in decisions that impact nursing and for building the first LVN to RN Apprenticeship program in the state.

In her career Barbara has been selected to present at several professional conferences including the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, and most notably a presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Barbara has also testified at a Congressional Hearing on the value of Apprenticeship to underserved communities. In her spare time Barbara is a motorcycle enthusiast and has rode across country on her Harley Davidson on four occasions. Prior to working for CCHCS Barbara spent 8 years as a leader at Kaiser Permanente and 17 years at University of California Davis Health System.

Past, Present and Future: Day One


Keynote: Joining the Safety Net, Overcoming Barriers to Connected Care

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Dan Mistak, JD
Director of Healthcare Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services
Dan Mistak, MA, MS, JD, is the Acting President and Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. At COCHS, he has led efforts at the federal, state, and local level to improve connections between the health and justice systems. He is a leader in the field in creatively leveraging opportunities to use the strengths of the health system to help people avoid incarceration. His previous experience has focused on legal issues for under-represented populations including representation of clients in asylum hearings, legal research surrounding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and campaign finance.

He previously worked at Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i where he provided support to map Hawai'i County's behavioral health safety net and its interface with the criminal justice system. While there, he was a trial attorney and worked with justice-involved individuals regarding the collateral consequences of their justice involvement. He holds Master's degrees in Genetics/Cell Biology and Philosophy from Washington State University and Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Prior to joining COCHS, Mr. Mistak was a Senior Editor of the California Law Review at UC Berkeley, School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in California and Hawai'i.

Advances in Correctional Dental Care

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Amardeep Bains, DMD
Regional Dental Director CCHCS
Dr. Amardeep Bains is approaching 5 years as the Regional Dental Director for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bains has worked both as a rank and file Dentist at California State Prison- Corcoran and as a CDCR Regional Support Dentist prior to his current position. Dr. Bains graduated as a dentist in 2009 from King's College London, United Kingdom, and achieved his membership with the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011. He attained his DMD credentials from Tufts University, Boston, and completed his General Practice Residency at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. He has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital, community, special needs, healthcare consultancy and corrections. Dr. Bains taught at UCLA's residency program and continues to play an active role with the California Dental Association, sitting on the prestigious Board of Managers.

He is currently attaining his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and will soon be certified by the International Coaching Federation as a professional life coach. Dr. Bains continues to hold active dental licenses in California, Oregon, United Kingdom and Australia.

The Safe Landing Project: Supporting the Re-Entry Population, Panel discussion

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Noha Aboelata, MD
Founding CEO, Roots Community Health  Center
Noha Aboelata, MD, Founder/CEO, Roots Community Health Center has devoted her career to eliminating health disparities and improving the health of marginalized communities. Dr. Noha, recipient of the 2022 James Irvine Leadership Award, is the founding CEO of Roots Community Health Center, where she has pioneered the provision of a community-based, community-driven and community- empowering model for improving wellness that Roots calls "Whole Health."

As part of this model, she designed culturally responsive, wrap-around medical, social, employment, nutritional and educational services, and community-led public policy engagement. By delivering Whole Health, Dr. Noha empowers Roots members to address and to change the conditions that impact the well-being of individuals, families, and the communities in which they live and work.
Juan Taizan, Director
Forensic Diversion and Re-Entry Services, Alameda County
Juan Taizan is the Director of the Forensic, Diversion, and Re-entry System of Care for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH). Juan has over 15 years of experience in health care service design and health care management. Prior to becoming the Director of the Forensic System of Care, he served as the Juvenile Justice Health Services Director for ACBH In that role, Juan had oversight of health services at the Juvenile Justice Center including the Guidance Clinic, which provides mental health services to detained youth and young adults. Juan also worked collaboratively with other county partners, including Social Services and Probation, to ensure system involved youth have access to community mental health services. Juan is a third-generation Oaklander, is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco's Clinic Leadership Institute, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University East Bay.

CalAIM: A California Game-Changer for the Justice Involved Panel Discussion

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David Panush
President California Health Policy Strategies

David is President of California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting group. Previously, he served as the External Affairs Director for Covered California, and was part of the core senior leadership team responsible for standing up and launching the California Health Benefit Exchange. Before joining Covered California, David served in the California State Legislature for over thirty years.  He helped advise five State Senate Presidents Pro Tempore - David Roberti, Bill Lockyer, John Burton, Don Perata and Darrell Steinberg. In his role as Health Policy Advisor, David served as the lead staff for the State Senate on California's effort to enact comprehensive health reform (2007 and 2008) and played a leadership role to California's landmark Affordable Care Act implementation legislation, which established the "Bridge to Reform" Medi-Cal Waiver and the California Health Benefit Exchange.

David served as policy advisor on budget and fiscal issues, particularly in the areas of state and local criminal justice policy, juvenile justice, and health and human services issues.  David graduated from UC Berkeley. In his spare time, David plays and sings classic rock tunes - along with some originals - with the Sacramento Remedy7 band. Contact Information:  d.panush@calhps.com | (916) 842-0715 | www.calhps.com

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Autumn Boylan, MPH
Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Department of Health Care Services
Autumn Boylan M.P.H. (she/her/hers/they) is a recognized public health and Medicaid expert and Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Putting equity and access at the center of her leadership, Ms. Boylan leads the development of two of the nation's largest initiatives supporting systemic improvements in behavioral health: the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI), a $4.7B effort to re-imagine behavioral health access and outcomes for children and youth; and the CalAIM Justice-Involved (JI) Initiative, which seeks to improve coverage and continuity of health services to justice-involved individuals..

Together, these initiatives represent an historic investment 1 in the well-being of the state's most vulnerable populations. With 16+ years of expertise in state health program delivery, Ms. Boylan is recognized for her ability to drive novel innovation and coordinate highly complex statewide partnerships at the intersections of Medicaid, public health, equity, education, justice, and more. In her role, Ms. Boylan is a key driver of both policy and operational activities required to achieve the joint missions of the Department of Health Care Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS). Ms. Boylan earned a Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, reading a good novel, and bowling with friends. She lives in Sacramento, California with her partner and two children, who remind her daily that youth voice is essential to redesigning our behavioral health system.
Wendy Still, MAS
Project Director, Reimagining Adult Justice (RAJ)
Former Chief Adult Probation Officer-Retired at City and County of San Francisco - Government
 Former Chief Probation Officer-Retired at Alameda County Probation Department

 Wendy Still, Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County (CA) Probation Department, has worked in state government for four decades in Adult, and Community Corrections in California. Chief Still's experiences include developing gender-responsive, trauma-informed offender prison and community rehabilitation programs and strategic master plans to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for California's offenders and parolees. Chief Still has served as Director of Activation Management and Rehabilitation Programs with the California Federal Prison Health Care Services. Governor appointed Associate Director Female Offender Programs & Services and Southern Regional Prison Administrator for ten prisons..

 She earned her Master of Advanced Studies Criminal, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Chief Still is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the American Society of Criminology and has held numerous civic positions in California.

LUNCH: Use of Force, Trauma and Gender

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Karina Wong, Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist, Santa Clara County Jails
Karina Wong is a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area with experience working in various community mental health and forensic settings.  For the past several years, her primary focus has been in working with individuals involved with the criminal justice system, including providing specialized treatment and assessments, conducting forensic evaluations as well as conducting SARATSO certified risk assessment trainings. 

She is currently the Chief of Psychology for Custody Health Service in Santa Clara County.  She is dedicated to improving the overall care of underserved populations.
Sgt. Erica Bravo
Santa Clara County Custody Bureau

Infectious Diseases; Future Considerations

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Heidi Bauer, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Deputy Medical Executive for Public Health, California Correctional Health Care Services
 Dr. Bauer started in this position in 2019 after 20 years with the California Department of Public Health in the Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bauer received her MS and MPH from UC Berkeley and her MD from UCSF. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Bauer develops public health and clinical guidance to mitigate communicable disease outbreaks and minimize morbidity among persons experiencing incarceration in California prisons. Her interests include equity, evidence-based public health practice and policy, upstream determinants of health, and harm reduction.

Cognitive Executive Functioning Across the Life Span - Panel Discussion

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Karina Wong, Psy. D., Chief Psychologist, Santa Clara County Jails

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Amelia Lipscomb
Program Manager, Santa Clara County
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Medical Director, Special Populations & Transitions Of Care At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
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Bruce Copley
Director, Access And Unplanned Services, County Of Santa Clara Health System, Behavioral Health Services Department
Bruce Copley has been involved in "system" design for behavioral health services for more than 39 years. Before coming to Santa Clara County, he was the Executive Director of the largest behavioral health non-profit organization in Oregon. For the past 34 years he has provided executive leadership in the departments of mental health and substance use. His focus has been on developing integrated patient-centered evidence based behavioral health practice models. Bruce has been actively involved in the development of client information systems that allows for quality improvements in client care through data-driven outcome measurement.

His passion is to develop delivery systems that are based on continuous quality improvement for the residents of Santa Clara County and in striving to develop integrated care models that address the growing number of individuals with co-occurring health issues. He is the Director for the Access and Unplanned Services Division. This includes the Suicide and Substance Use Prevention Division which has been instrumental in the FASD work within Santa Clara County. He holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch College.
Michelle dela Calle RN, BSN, MFS
Director, Office of System Integration and Transformation, Santa Clara Valley Health System
Michelle supports transformational work across the Health System in collaboration with operational leaders. A nurse by background, her passion is rooted patient advocacy and in caring for the whole person while advocating for system transformation to support efficient and quality care delivery for vulnerable populations. The majority of her career as a registered nurse was in the emergency department and hospital operations in the County of Santa Clara level one trauma center, Valley Medical Center.

Through progressive leadership and in several areas of work across the continuum of care, Michelle has experience with palliative care, inpatient, outpatient, and primary care medical home models. Although she misses patient interactions in her day-to-day work, she enjoys helping find solutions to complex problems in support quality care delivery for vulnerable populations in all settings.

Past, Present and Future: Day Two


Standards for Healthcare Services in Jails compared to Prisons

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Bruce Barnett, MD, JD
Bruce Barnett received his M.D. degree in 1975 from Harvard Medical School and completed his family practice residency at USC. He obtained his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1988 and graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1994. In early 2007, Dr. Barnett began work as a Physician & Surgeon for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He subsequently was promoted to supervisory positions and provided consultant services for the department of legal affairs.

Dr. Barnett is a court-appointed monitor for healthcare provided at California jails. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Correctional Health Care.
 Steven Gustaveson, MD
Correctional Health Physician


Steven Gustaveson, MD, graduated from Tulane University Medical School in 1990. He did his post graduate internal medicine residency training in New Orleans and San Diego. Dr. Gustavson has practiced medicine in the free world and in correctional facilities for over 30 years.

During the past 20 years Dr. Gustaveson has been called upon to be the medical director at multiple jails in California and other states


John Daly, MD,
Medical Director, Traditions Behavioral Health


Dr. John Daly completed his general psychiatric residency training at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California (LAC+USC) in 2015 before finishing a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor/UCLA in 2017.  Since completing training, he has primarily worked in acute inpatient psychiatric settings, working on an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit from 2017-2020.  He began working on the acute psychiatric unit of the Santa Clara County Main Jail in 2018, where he started working full time in March 2020. 

In  Fall 2021 he was promoted to the Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH) Medical Director role for Santa Clara County Jails overseeing TBH psychiatrists that work in the booking area of the jail seeing newly incarcerated persons as well as psychiatrists working on the acute psychiatric unit of the jail.
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Danit Bar Ziv, MD
Chief Psychiatrist, Santa Clara County Jails
Dr. Bar Ziv has a strong track record of providing psychiatric care in diverse and challenging settings. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consult-liaison psychiatry, and has held leadership positions in several organizations.

In Israel, she served as Chief of the PTSD intensive outpatient day program at Tel-Aviv Community Mental Health Center and as the Chief for the first break psychosis outpatient program in Chaim Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer.

In the United States, she served as Chief Resident of Emergency Psychiatric Services for the LAC+USC training program and worked for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for 2 years. She also began providing weekend coverage at the Santa Clara County Main Jail acute psychiatric unit..

Since 2018, Dr. Bar Ziv has been a full-time psychiatrist in Custody Health, primarily providing services at Elmwood Correctional Facility. She has participated in several process improvement initiatives and has been serving as the Chief of custody psychiatry for Santa Clara county's adult correctional facilities since February 2021.

Dr. Bar Ziv has been committed to improving mental health services in the jail. Since Dr. Bar Ziv started serving as the Chief of custody psychiatry she led the implementation of PC 2603 and PC 1370 involuntary medication orders among other projects.

Effects of a 12-Session Symptom Self-Management Course on Forensic Psychiatric Inpatients' Auditory Hallucinations and Anxiety

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Robin K. Buccheri, Ph.D, RN, NP, FAAN
Professor Emerita, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco
Robin Buccheri, PhD., RN, NP, FAAN, is Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco.  Robin devoted her 30-year research career to developing, testing, and disseminating a course to help patients with auditory hallucinations (AH) and anxiety learn how to self-manage their symptoms.     

Robin and her research team (Drs. Louise Trygstad & Marti Buffum) have mentored mental health and forensic staff to teach the 12-session course and measure and publish course outcomes.  In their most recent publication (Buccheri et al., 2023), seventy percent of forensic participants reported reduced AH and anxiety; 100% reported helpfulness of being with others with similar symptoms; 90% would recommend the course to others. Course facilitators reported improved communication, comfort, and effectiveness working with people with AH, plan to teach the course again, and recommend it to colleagues; published 14 articles on the treatment of auditory hallucinations in peer-reviewed journals; presented their findings at The First World Congress on Hearing Voices, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and National Alliance of the Mentally Ill conferences at the national, state, and local chapter level as well as many other professional conferences; received APNA's Best Treatment of Schizophrenia in a Behavioral Health Care Program Award and Robin received the University of San Francisco Distinguished Research Award for their work on commands to harm; facilitated a monthly Managing Voices and Negative Thoughts Support Group for over 20 years in Marin County. 
Martha D. Buffum, Ph.D, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Marti Buffum was the Associate Chief Nurse for Research at VA San Francisco Health Care System from 1993-2011.  As the director of the nursing research program, Marti guided clinical nurses in developing, conducting, applying, and disseminating nursing research; conducted her research; maintained her specialty in psychiatric nursing practice; supervised staff; provided nursing education, including topics about psychiatric issues, nursing research, and applying evidence to practice.           

One of Marti's responsibilities as Associate Chief Nurse for Research was to collaborate with researchers to improve the care of Veterans.  This led Marti to almost three decades of collaboration with Drs. Robin Buccheri and Louise Trygstad who developed and tested the first course for the behavioral symptom self-management of distressing auditory hallucinations.

The Buccheri, Trygstad, and Buffum research team has continued partnerships to expand, improve, and evaluate the course. During the team's collaboration, they have taught nurses and other mental health professionals in clinical settings to train their staff to conduct the 12-session Course. Course adaptations to forensic settings are in progress. This supportive and educational course has offered hope for symptom relief in all settings.

College Collaborative System Panel Discussion

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Sheriff Robert Jonsen
Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff (SCCOS)
Sheriff Bob Jonsen has been in law enforcement since 1986. Before being elected as the 29th Sheriff of Santa Clara County, he was the Chief of Police for the Palo Alto Police Department (20182022). He was also the Chief of Police for the Menlo Park Police Department for five years, leading the organization to receive the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award. Most of Sheriff Jonsen's career was with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he worked for 27 years. His last command was as the Lancaster Sheriff's Station Captain serving the City of Lancaster.

Prior to being promoted to Captain, he was the coordinator of the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative (AVCFI), where he developed crime reduction strategies for a 1370-square- mile region. Significant crime reductions and greater community collaboration led to the AVCFI receiving the James Q. Wilson Award for Community Policing in 2010. Sheriff Jonsen also received the JQW Award a second time while Chief of the Menlo Park Police Department, as well as the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety.

Sheriff Jonsen was instrumental in bringing mindfulness and resiliency training to law enforcement. He has facilitated mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Training to public safety personnel throughout California and witnessed the profound impact it has had for participants both professionally and personally. He has co-developed resiliency programs for public service, with "Courageous Heart The Human Behind the Badge" now being offered to law enforcement agencies across the state.
Dr. Patrick Marshall
Inmate Rehabilitation Manager, SCC0S
Dr. Patrick Marshall, Inmate Rehabilitation Manager for Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, has over 15 years of providing rehabilitative services to justice-involved individuals. He is responsible for developing and implementing rehabilitative, educational, transitional programs and services for individuals in the Santa Clara County Jail System. Dr. Marshall designed and developed the Rehabilitative Hybrid System, and the College Collaborative System. Both systems provide rehabilitation and stabilization to reintegrate justice-involved individuals back to the community.

Dr. Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Public Safety with specialization in Criminal Justice, Master of Business

Administration, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition, he is in his final semester of law school. Dr. Marshall believes, "The College Collaborative System gives incarcerated students transformative influence over their future. We are proud and encouraged by their success in pursuing and achieving their education goals."
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Lieutenant Gurpreet Gill, MBA
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Programs Unit, Support Services Division
Lieutenant Gurpreet Gill has been a member of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for the past 20+ years. He has shared responsibility for the welfare of approximately 2,800 men and 250 women. Lt. Gill has devoted his career to planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating division operations, programs, and services.

He has led trauma informed services emphasizing vocational, educational, and rehabilitative opportunities including the development and implementation of the College Collaborative System (CCS). The system provides access to post-secondary education to the Santa Clara County Justice Involved population.
Rowena M. Tomaneng, EdD
President San Jose City College
Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng has been a multicultural educator in the California Community Colleges for over 27 years. She is currently the President of San José City College (SJCC) in the San José-Evergreen Community College District, which is both an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). rom 2016-2020, she served as the President of Berkeley City College where she launched The Berkeley Promise--a partnership between the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley City College (BCC), and Berkeley Community Fund to close the racial opportunity gap for low-income African American, Asian American, and Latinx students. Dr. Tomaneng also served in multiple roles at De Anza College in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, including serving as faculty in English, Intercultural Studies, and Womens' Studies and Associate Vice President of Instruction.

Dr. Tomaneng's teaching, research and publications explore human rights, social movements, transnational feminism, and racial equity in education for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications including the Journal of Multicultural Perspectives and Transformative Practices for Minority Student Success: Accomplishments of Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Dr. Tomaneng also teaches leadership studies and gender & globalization in the School of Education, University of San Francisco and leadership studies at San Jose State University's Connie L. Lurie College of Education.
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Kellie Nadler
Regional Coordinator of the Rising Scholars Educational Services and Support at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Kellie is a Regional Coordinator for the Rising Scholars Network through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. They partner with college practitioners, formerly incarcerated students, correctional staff, and community organizations throughout the Bay Area, Northern California, and Bakersfield to design and implement supports and programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.

Their areas of specialty include implementing trauma-responsive supports, building resilient statewide networks, expanding college in jail and college in youth detention facility programs, and using human-centered design to place the voices of those most impacted at the center of statewide decision-making processes. Previously, Kellie was the Deputy Director of Corrections to College, a statewide systems-change initiative, and a non-traditional educator at Eastern Michigan University.

LUNCH: Innovations in Corrections:  Bringing the Norway Model of Rehabilitation to California; Peer Support Specialists in Prison

Annette Lambert
Deputy Director, Quality Management, California Correctional Health Care Services, CCHCS


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Lisa Heintz
Director, Legislation and Special Projects, CCHCS
Director Heintz serves as the Director of Legislation and Special Projects for the Federal Court Receiver and is the Project Executive for the CA Model and the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Heintz served as an Associate Director for the Division of Adult Parole Operations, and as the Chief Clinical Program Administrator for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), overseeing the CDCR's Mental Health Continuum, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act for all CDCR releasing inmates.

Ms. Heintz has over 25 years of applied program experience specializing in county, state and federal program design, implementation, and focused on obtaining successful outcomes to support recovery. Ms. Heintz' administrative experience is focused on addiction policies, barriers to treatment, correctional operations, adult parole operations, mental health program administration, court administration, project management and community-based program development.    
Affie Tamuno-Koko, MSQA, CCHCS


Honoring The Journey from Behind the Wire - A panel discussion with Formerly Incarcerated Persons

Anthony Pedro
Future Fire Academy
Tony Pedro is the Founder and CEO of Future Fire Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to helping youth, veterans, justice involved and underserved communities gain access to a career in the fire service. Anthony is a career Firefighter/EMT with ten years in the fire service including positions with state, local government, and tribal fire departments.
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Joseph Horiuchi, CDCR
Success Story & Speaker
Joseph Horiuchi was involved in a car accident in 2016 tragically killing the other driver. He was charged and sentenced to six years.

During his rehabilitation with CDCR, Joseph was introduced to the Inmate Firefighter Program. After his training and receiving numerous certifications, he was granted an early release which allowed his employment with CalFire and has four fire seasons under his belt.

He now runs a fitness training center where he trains firefighters for the academy as well as for upcoming fire seasons. This venture opened doors in the fitness print industry as well as commercials and acting.

Joseph never forgot the tragedy he has caused. He practices and applies everything he has learned from his rehabilitation with CDCR daily. He is very thankful and grateful for his time with CDCR as it has changed the trajectory of his life.

Today, he continues to share his story with hopes of educating people from drinking and driving. He continues to sponsor others within the 12-step program to help others with their sobriety as well as supporting them in their transition.
Selvan Griggs
Selvan Griggs, a former gang member, perpetrated a grave act of violence at the age of 19 in 1989 by brutally taking the life of a rival gang member in a barrage of gunfire. He was subsequently apprehended, convicted, and handed a sentence of 31 years to life in prison. In the wake of adopting an extremist ideology tied to his involvement in gang and criminal activities, his rehabilitation was far from swift. It took over two decades for Selvan to earnestly acknowledge and accept responsibility for the destructive choices he had made in his life. However, once he confronted his actions, he began to comprehend the havoc he had wrought upon his own existence, the lives of others, and his community and city as a whole. Guided by rehabilitative initiatives like anger management, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, criminal and addictive thinking, and victims' awareness programs and others, Selvan initiated a rigorous self-examination. He commenced the arduous task of reshaping his thought processes, beliefs, and understanding of his past actions. Through this transformative journey, he experienced a genuine renewal of his mindset and perspective. Selvan Griggs, through his committed rehabilitation efforts, gained recognition from the board of prison hearings, eventually being deemed suitable for reintegration into society. Since his release from prison, he has passionately pursued his aspiration to contribute positively to his community and the entire city. As a credible mentor, neighborhood change advocate, and violence interrupter, he stands as a testament to transformation. Selvan, along with other former gang members and community advocates, dedicates his efforts to reduce retaliation and heal neighborhoods in Sacramento. He actively serves within Movement 4 Life (M4L) and Gang Tragedy Awareness Xperts (GTA Xperts), demonstrating his dedication to creating safer communities. Additionally, he is an essential member of a budding organization known as The 916 Come Unity Alliance, further cementing his commitment to fostering unity and tackling violence at its core.

Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Corrections

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Traci Kessler J.D.
Field Representative for Board of State and Community Corrections
Traci Kessler is a nationally certified ADA Coordinator. She has assisted Sheriff's Offices through the State of California with developing and implementing policies and procedures ensuring compliance with the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act for Title II entities. Ms. Kessler has also developed and managed the Compliance Unit for the County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office, navigating issues such as ADA, PREA and RLUIPA. With passion and dedication towards the field of corrections, Ms. Kessler has instructed numerous courses including ADA in Jails and Legal Updates in Corrections for the American Jail Association.

In her current role as a Field Representative for the Board of State and Community Corrections, Ms. Kessler assists local detention facilities in providing technical assistance and oversight ensuring compliance with minimum state standards.

Ms. Kessler holds a Juris Doctorate degree with an emphasis in Constitutional Law as well as a National Certification for ADA Coordinators through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Disability Studies and Policy Center.


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Mira Parwiz-Shamel, MPA, LCSW,
Behavioral Health Division Director
Mira Parwiz-Shamel is the Director Addiction Medicine and Therapy for the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Substance Use Treatment Services. Ms. Parwiz-Shamel is also the Lead for the Santa Clara County Opioid overdose prevention Coalition "Scoope". Ms. Parwiz-Shamel has extended experience in managing Substance Use-Medication Assisted Treatment Programs. She oversees the Narcotic Treatment Clinics and Medication ion Assisted Programs in the county since 2005. Ms. Parwiz-Shamel has extended experience in program development and managing large county operated programs.

She is the champion behind Medication Assisted Treatment in the County as she has opened treatment programs at the Emergency rooms, Inpatient units, Custody health Services primary care sites and community partnership clinics. Ms. Parwiz-Shamel holds a BS degree and Master's in public administration.
Mollie Olson, LCSW
Medical Social Worker, Santa Clara Juvenile Facilities