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Sixth Annual Salem as a Safer Child Community Symposium


Mental Health Symposium
Sixth Annual Salem as a Safer Child Community

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:30 am-5 pm 

Marsh Hall, Petrowski Room and Berry Library Salem State University
This event is free and open to the public—registration recommended!


8:30-9 am Registration 
Marsh Hall // Petrowski Room

9 am Welcome

9:15-10:30 am—The campaign to change direction
Keynote Address: New Hampshire Judge John Broderick will talk about his national Change Direction campaign  

10:30-11:30 am—A Conversation on Legislative Actions and Hurdles
Senator Joan Lovely, Senator Cindy Friedman, Mayor Kim Driscoll, and Dylan O’Sullivan, Assistant to US Representative Seth Moulton 

11:30 am-12:30 pm—Criminal Justice Conversations About Mental Health
Representative Paul Tucker, June Binney
, Criminal Justice Diversion Project Director for the Massachusetts National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), Lt. Dennis King, Salem Police Department

12:30-1:30 pm—A Conversation About Mental Health Screening and Education
Margarita Ruiz, Salem school Superintendent, Michele Solloway, PhD, from the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Project at Johns Hopkins University), Norm Gormin, President and Chief Executive Officer Screening for Mental Health, and Candice Porter, LICSW, Vice President for Outreach and Partnerships at Screening for Mental Health

1:30-2:30 pm—A Conversation About Interventions and Best Practices
Margaret Marotta, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, Michelle West, PhD, Cedar Clinic and commonwealth Research Center, Elisa Castillio, PhD, Salem State University, and Lisa Desai, PsyD, Co-Founder of Better Business Globally, LLC

2:30-3 pm—A Review of our Conversations and Next Steps
Debra Becker, WBUR

3-5 pm—99 Faces Art Show and Reception, Berry Library
Presentation by Lynda Cutrell, fine artist and NAMI leader

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, contact Yvonne Vissing.

Sponsored by Salem State University's Healthcare Studies department.


For accommodations and access information, visit or email


When 5:00pm
Marsh Hall, Central Campus
71B Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Petrowski Room
Yvonne Vissing

For access and accommodation information, visit or email

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