Mental Health Summit:

A Strategic Discussion for Solving Alabama’s Mental Health Crisis

January 19, 2017


Commission Jim Perdue
Pete Earley
Sam Cochran / Sr. Corp. Herbert Cotner
Dr. Peter Lane / Judge Steve Leifman

(Don’t forget there is a $25 per person registration fee)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Welcome/Recognition of Sponsors and Special Guests
8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Commissioner Jim Perdue/AL Dept of Mental Health
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Proposed Legislation/Jimmy Walsh 
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)/Sam Cochran, Founder
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Judge Steve Liefman, Associate Administrative Judge
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Substance Abuse / Dr. Peter Lane, UAB
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crisis Intervention Team Training / Herb Cotner, Dallas PD
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mental Health Panel Discussion
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Finding a Better Way to Help Those with Mental Illness / Pete Earley
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Legislative Bills / Adjourn


Hyatt Regency Birmingham / The Winfrey Hotel
1000 Riverchase Galleria
Birmingham, AL 35244

Hosted by: NAMI Alabama, Alabama Council for Behavioral Healthcare, and Alabama Disability Advocacy Program

NAMI AL Email Action alert (4-2-15)Did you know that state legislators count each email as representing the views of as many as 10 of their constituents?? Every email that we send packs a punch, so each person who contacts their legislator can make a huge difference!
Below is an action alert from NAMI Alabama which ALSO has a good example of an email draft that people can use and personalize. It really only takes about 10 minutes to write two legislators—one Alabama House representative, and one Alabama senator. Just make sure to change the “Dear Senator Whomever,” to “Dear Representative Whomever.” Please find a list of your Senators HERE.




Most of you have heard about the closings of the psychiatric offices and hospitals in the area. For those Alabama residents who have been affected and are wondering where to go for Mental Health Care please check this website out.