Emergency Response to a Mental Health Crisis - Earn CEUs

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Wednesday, July 29; 9 am - noon

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Earn 3 CEUs, and learn the steps for best outcomes during a mental health crisis from the perspective of police, mobile crisis and emergency room providers.

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What You'll Learn

What constitutes an emergency
Relationship between mental health workers, police, & the community
Legal procedures behind voluntary & involuntary commitment
Defining a Physician’s Emergency Certificate (PEC)
Client rights
Best outcomes for interfacing with emergency responders when facing a mental health crisis
Current emergency room trends
Navigating community resources

Who Should Attend

Physicians, Providers, Families



Bob Cornell
NAMI Southwest CT

Bob Cornell volunteers as President of NAMI Southwest CT. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots, nonprofit organization aimed at improving quality of life for people living with mental health challenges, and their families. NAMI Southwest CT serves lower Fairfield County through education programs, speaker events and support programs. Bob facilitates a weekly support group and teaches the 12-week NAMI Family to Family Program.

Sgt. Michael Fumiatti
New Haven Police Department

Sergeant Michael Fumiatti currently serves the City of New Haven as the Fair Haven District Manager. Throughout his professional career, Sergeant Fumiatti has spent the past thirteen years working in a variety of environments, including hospitals and residential facilities alongside medical and mental health professionals. In addition to these roles, he is also the NHPD Crisis Intervention Team coordinator (CIT) and Officer in Charge of the NHPD’s elite Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Team (HCNT). HCNT is under the umbrella of the NHPD’s Emergency Services Unit, working in conjunction with the SWAT team to peacefully resolve conflict throughout the city of New Haven.  Sergeant Fumiatti completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Masters in Policing and Public Administration from the University of New Haven.  Sergeant Fumiatti is a certified police instructor in the State of Connecticut and teaches Crisis Intervention and De-escalation statewide.

Wanda Jofré, LCSW
CT Mental Health Center, Mobile Crisis

Dr. Marina Nakic, MD, PhD
VA CT Healthcare System

Dr. Nakic has worked in the medical and behavioral health fields for the past two decades, within the US and internationally. Much of her research and work is focused on forensic neuropsychology, mental disorders, and addiction. She has published a variety of work on the subjects. 

Currently, Dr. Nakic holds several important roles between the local Veterans Administrations Medical Center, Yale School of Medicine, and a couple of State Agencies. She serves as Medical Director of the Recovery Support Program, and is an attending emergency room physician for the Veterans Administration.  She is also chair of the VA’s Behavioral Flag Review Committee, and Joint Site Training Director for the Yale Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the VA Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Nakic is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She is also a consultant for the Office of Forensic Evaluations, State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and she provides consultations to Connecticut Probate Courts.

Dr. Nakic is board certified in forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her PhD in Neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and completed medical school at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia.

Eileen Raleigh, RN
Darien EMS-Post 53

Eileen has been a registered nurse for over 33 years. She has worked in numerous clinical settings throughout her career, including 10 years of working in admissions at a psychiatric hospital in New Canaan where she demonstrated solid knowledge of management of patients and families in crisis. Presently, Eileen is a Nurse Case Manager for Gallagher Bassett, a third party administrator for Workers Compensation. Her territory is the state of CT where she meets with injured workers at their physician visits to assist them with medical treatment and their return to work. 

For 10 years, Eileen has served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Darien EMS-Post 53 service because of her strong desire to serve her community. Darien EMS-Post 53 responds to over 1,600 calls a year, and is recognized locally and nationally as one of the finest emergency ambulance services in the United States for its consistently high quality pre-hospital emergency care.  

In keeping with her love of nursing and business, Eileen is presently pursuing a dual degree Master of Nursing and Masters of Business Administration at Spring Arbor University in MI. 


John Labieniec, LCSW
Continuum of Care/Continuum Recovery Services

John has been working for Continuum of Care's Acute and Forensic Services for more than 15 years. He oversees the growing division which has expanded from New Haven into Bridgeport and Norwalk. The Crisis programs have become a critical necessity in their communities and have grown a reputation of excellence in serving the most vulnerable and at risk populations. John's commitment to recovery, client centered care and collaboration has developed a model of care that has now gained recognition across the state. Under John's leadership, the crisis program model has expanded into working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Commercial Insurance (Continuum Recovery Services). He has also helped to develop and expand the Forensic Division into a multilayered continuum which now services clients state wide.
John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and an Associate's in Criminal Justice. He continues to be an advocate and a voice for those who are often stigmatized and forgotten. In the spirit of no longer being anonymous, he is a living example of long term recovery and change.

Leanne Parent, LCSW
Continuum of Care/Continuum Recovery Services

Leanne is a Masters of Social Work Graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to Continuum of Care, Leanne worked within Homeless Services in the state of Connecticut for eight years. She has experience in providing person centered services within complex systems of care. She strongly believes a harm reduction approach to treatment of mental health and substance abuse, and works to promote overall increased quality of living towards more self-efficacy.    


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