Criminal Justice Mental Health Summit

  • When

    October 27th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    October 28th, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Where

    Nicollet Island Pavilion
    40 Power Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55401




    $259 Government & Non-Profit, $359 Private Employers

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The 2022 Criminal Justice Mental Health Summit brings together law enforcement, medical providers, prosecutors, social workers, and other criminal justice professionals to collaborate and learn in an innovative environment. The goal within any of these professions is to engage, protect, and inform. We can only address the mental health needs within our community if all professionals foster cooperation and innovation.

Kevin Briggs, retired California Highway Patrol sergeant who spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge, who through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and innate ability of “listening to understand” encouraged more than 200 individual over his career not to end their life, but to begin a new chapter. Kevin will provide the keynote address on Suicide Prevention and Crisis Communication.

Sessions at a Glance

  • Mental Health 101
  • Intersections Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Interactions with Law Enforcement & Group Homes
  • Crisis Calls: Use of Force Considerations
  • Travis’ Law Changes to 911 Dispatch
  • Collaborative Case Studies
  • Lessons Learned and Concerns with Mental Health Collaborations
  • A Minnesota Showcase: Regional Collaborations
  • Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Traumatic Stress
  • Mindfulness: Taking Care of YOU!
  • Collaborating in a Multi-Disciplinary Setting

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Briggs

Keynote Speaker: Sergeant, "Guardian of the Golden Gate"

As an international Suicide Prevention and Mental Health advocate, Sergeant Kevin Briggs’ story and lived experiences have been featured at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design 2014 Conference as a TED Talk, Ciudad de Las Ideas (Mexico), NBC’s Access Live, Yahoo News, The New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, NPR’s Bob Edwards Radio Show, People Magazine, USA Today, as well as other magazines, newspapers, radio, and podcasts across the world.

Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant, spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge. While on patrol, he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life by a thread – individuals who had lost hope and could see no way out of their current situation - ready to jump off the bridge to what they assumed was a sudden death and ending of their pain and hopelessness.

Briggs, through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate ability of “listening to understand” encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to not end their life, but to begin a new chapter. These challenging but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate.” After spending 3 years in the United States Army, 3 years with the California Department of Corrections and 23 years with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his lifeto promote mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded.

Today, Briggs is mapping a movement as he speaks and trains others in suicide prevention, de-escalation, and negotiations. He shares his “Listening to Understand” skills followed up with key active listening points and discusses in depth his own personal mental health struggles. Briggs spends the majority of his time speaking/teaching at conferences, community events and seminars worldwide. His first book, Guardian ofthe Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, was released in July 2015. A series of Wellness workbooks are currently in production and will debut in 2022.


Adam Sack

Detective, Woodbury Minnesota Public Safety Department

Detective Adam Sack has been employed by the Woodbury Public Safety Department as a licensed peace officer since 2012. Adam attended Rasmussen College and Metropolitan State University for Law Enforcement. Since 2012, Adam has been assigned as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Response to Resistance and Reality Based Training Instructor, and Street Crimes Unit Detective. Adam is also an Assistant Team Leader with the Washington County SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coach. Adam has been recognized for his work with crisis situations as the recipient of Washington County SWAT Negotiator of the Year award in 2019 and Police Officer of the Year award in 2020 by VFW Post 9024 and American Legion Post 501. In 2019 Adam was assigned to work full time to develop the Woodbury Police Department’s Community Support Team – an initiative to provide focused efforts towards situations involving mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness through post crisis follow up and in-progress call response which has now expanded to include an embedded licensed mental health professional and a therapy dog.

Hector Matascastillo


Hector R. Matascastillo, MSW, LICSW, was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. When he was 17, he joined the Army and served in multiple countries for various operations over a span of 18 years. After his last deployment to Iraq in 2007 as a First Sergeant of an infantry company, Hector left the military and completed the Master of Social Work degree program at Augsburg College in 2010. He is formally trained in, EMDR, DBT, and Healing of Memories protocol and principle-based interventions with an Adlerian theoretical orientation. As a multilingual/multicultural therapist, Hector has worked with the first responder, Latino, Veteran, and SPMI populations from micro to macro level. He works with men and women, focusing primarily on trauma and shame. Hector has a strong background in training and public speaking. He is currently a Director at Life Development Resources, P.A. as well as in his own practice consulting to law enforcement, local governments and serves on multiple community endeavors. Hector also serves as the mental health consultant and crisis negotiator to the South Metro SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team. Hector is currently towards the end of completing his PhD in clinical psychology with a specialty in forensic psychology. He currently resides in St. Paul with his wife children.

Imran Ali

Attorney, Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services

Imran Ali is an attorney and the Director of Law Enforcement Education and Training for Eckberg Lammers. After serving over seventeen years as a felony-level prosecutor in the state of Minnesota, his extensive experience is recognized both in the courtroom and community. Imran has prosecuted some of the most complex cases in Minnesota. Working with victims of crime has provided Imran with the passion needed to succeed in the courtroom. He has developed law enforcement training programs that employ participates to serve their communities with honor and integrity while being equipped with the appropriate tools in decision-making. Imran has presented at prosecution and law enforcement conferences nationwide.

Hosts / Sponsors


Law Enforcement, Medical Providers, Prosecutors, Social Workers, and Other Criminal Justice Professionals

Session Type & Duration

2-Day In-person Conference: Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Provided

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Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund available up until 14 days prior to date.
  • 50% refund available up until 7 days prior to date.
  • No refunds will be made within 7 days of the date.


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