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SPCC Monthly Meeting: How First Responders Handle Mental Health and Suicide Calls

  • 09 Mar 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network (155 Inverness Drive West, Denver, CO)

On the Scene: How First Responders Handle Mental Health and Suicide Calls

 SPCC Education Session, Wednesday March 9, 2016

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (4300 Cherry Creek Drive, Denver, CO, Carson Room)
: 9:30 -10:30 (followed by regularly scheduled SPCC Board Meeting)
:  SPCC Education Committee Chair, Sue Klebold
Call in information:          712-775-7031, meeting # 335026

What happens when first responders are called to assist with a mental health crisis, an attempted suicide or a death by suicide?  Phyllis Harvey will facilitate a panel presentation and discussion with law enforcement, victim assistance and staff from a local coroner's office to help explain what happens and why.  Please join this informative session to learn more about what responders do before or after a death has occurred.  Presenters will also discuss:

  1. CIT (Crisis Intervention) training and how it prepares law enforcement for these types of responses.
  2. What is the role of victim assistance, and how they can help.
  3. What is the role of the coroner's office and how can they be helpful to families.

There will be a question and answer period at the end.


Phyllis Harvey, Facilitator:  Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) Youth Education & Safety in Schools Program Coordinator and Suicide Prevention/Intervention trainer. She has 26 years with DCSO and is very passionate about preventing suicide and helping teach intervention skills to help those at risk for suicide.

Linda Banovich, Panelist: Victim Assistance, DCSO.  Linda came to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division as a Victim Advocate in 2009, bringing nearly a decade of experience in legal investigation and paralegal services. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice with emphasis in the study of human behavior.  Because Linda believes that connecting people to the appropriate assistance is essential in seeking resolve to difficult circumstances, she began a journey in victim services! She says by having the ability to access and offer resources designed to empower victims, it becomes possible for people affected by crime to recover from the trauma they have experienced. Linda’s special insight for the role of Victim Advocate represents a chance for victims to heal and she graciously accepts being a part of that process.

Sgt. Jeff Santelli, Panelist:  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) CIT Coordinator - currently serves on the board of directors of the Crisis Intervention Teams Association of Colorado, and is the chairman of the Arapahoe/Douglas CIT Steering Committee.   He has been with DCSO since 1999.  Sergeant Santelli has taught many law enforcement academy courses, and regularly instructs CIT and mediation classes. He helped present the pilot for a new CIT for Youth curriculum, which became a nationwide initiative. He also serves as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, scenario coach, trainer and consultant, and the agency’s CIT coordinator. Sergeant Santelli is a trainer with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and travels throughout the United States training and presenting at conferences on CIT-related topics. He is also a trainer for the County Sheriffs of Colorado and a private company which specializes in providing realistic and experiential training to detentions and law enforcement personnel for topics including: Assessing and Responding to Emotionally Disturbed Inmates; Mediation; and, Communication Strategies. Sergeant Santelli is an adjunct professor with Colorado Technical University where he teaches criminal justice classes. 

Candace Bretsch, Panelist:  Arapahoe County Coroner's Office - Candace started her career as a Forensic Pathology Assistant in June 2012, just 6 weeks before the Aurora Movie Theater shooting.  Since then, Candace has assisted in over 1,000 autopsies, nearly a quarter of which were on people who had died by suicide. With each of those cases, Candace has dealt with grieving and bereaved families which served as, and continues to serve as, the catalyst for her passion in suicide prevention.   She is the current Chair and past secretary of the Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance.


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