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National Co-Responder Conference

National Co-Responder conference logo with #CoRCon






Caring for communities through collaboration

Johnson County Mental Health Center invites law enforcement and mental health agencies, along with stakeholders, schools and partner organizations to attend the first annual National Co-Responder Conference. This event is for any agency that has or would like to have a program that includes a mental health professional embedded within another agency.

Registration for this conference closed on Friday, February 21. 

Conference information

#CoRCon will take place Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Embassy Suites Kansas City/Olathe, 10401 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kansas.

Registration is $350 and includes two and a half days of keynote speakers and breakout sessions related to launching or improving a Co-Responder program. You'll hear from experts from across the country on various models, financial partnerships, data sharing and more. Light refreshments each day and lunch Monday and Tuesday are included with your registration. Early bird registration ended on Friday, January 3.

Conference registration is transferrable, but non-refundable. 

Pictures of Emily Robertson and Nick Kittle, keynote speakers for the conference

Emily Richardson is the manager of co-responder services at the Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. Since 2004, she has worked with a variety of justice-involved populations, all with behavioral health disorders. Within a community mental health center setting, she spent over five years as a liaison for local law enforcement, a collaborative partner and course director for a regional crisis intervention team (CIT) program and helped develop, implement and supervise co-responder programs in three different law enforcement agencies. She has been with OBH since 2018 and is responsible for contractual oversight of OBH-funded co-responder programs in Colorado.

Nick Kittle is the author of the best-selling government innovation book "Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time." He spent 15 years in government, most recently as a chief information officer. During his government career, Nick directed 17 different divisions and developed over 65 unique or first-of-their-kind pilot projects while directly generating $7.8M in savings and pioneering the concept of Innovation Value. He has won three national innovation awards and founded one of the first five government innovation offices in the country.

Conference agenda

Breakout session presenters are from coast-to-coast and are subject matter experts on starting new programs, data, interventions, best practices, building stakeholder relationships and more from across the country. Check out our full list of presenters.

Monday, March 9
Time Activity
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote with Emily Richardson
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Breakout session 1
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Breakout session 2
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch with guided table talk
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout session 3
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Breakout session 4
Tuesday, March 10
Time Activity
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 - 10:45 a.m. Keynote with Nick Kittle
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout session 1
12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch with guided table talk
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Breakout session 2
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Breakout session 3
Wednesday, March 11
Time Activity
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary session panel
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Breakout session 1

Conference sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors.

Aetna logoKansas Law Enforcement - CIT logoGenoa Healthcare logoIntegrated Psychiatric Consultants logoJulato logoKansas Department for Aging and Disability Services logoNetsmart logoOpen Lattice Logo

Hotel information

A select number of rooms will be available at the Embassy Suites at $149 per night. Rooms at the government rate of $125 per night are also available. You can book a room by calling 913-353-9280 or at the hotel website. For the non-government block, use the code JCM. For the government block, use the code JGC. Hotel rooms are available at this discounted price through Thursday, February 13.

Contact us

Questions about the conference can be sent to corcon@jocogov.org. If you want updates about the conference, including speaker announcements and registration deadlines, sign-up for the mailing list.