Do I Need Some Help?


Monday, August 19, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Working with individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues can be a challenge without the proper knowledge. Research shows that one in five people either has, will deal with, or has someone in their lives who has mental-health-related issues. That translates to about 20 to 25 persons on average for an officer with a caseload of 100+. It is important for all officers to become as knowledgeable as possible on how to identify these individuals and how mental health or substance abuse affects an officer's ability to effectively supervise them. There is a payoff for being willing to obtain more education about mental health and substance abuse disorders and understanding how they relate to supervision. Useful training courses have been developed, and this workshop will attempt to introduce the attendees to some of the available courses they may consider getting the help and skills needed to supervise those in this complex population.


Christiane Williams
Correctional Consultant/Trainer, MS Department of Corrections

Christiane Thomas Williams has been in Law Enforcement/Corrections for over 20 years. She has extensive training in all aspects of law enforcement/corrections. She is a certified Law Enforcement with an Educational background in Criminal Justice. She is active in the Behavioral Health Community (Law Enforcement/Corrections), a Certified Mental Health First Aid Public Safety Instructor for Adult and Youth, a certified State Instructor with the MS Board of Standards and Training for Law Enforcement, a Certified Crisis Intervention Officer and also currently serves as Priority 7 Committee Member of the Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC). In the last 8 years she has been very active in the Mental Health Community assisting persons who have a Mental Illness get the help needed when they become a part of the Criminal Justice System. She is currently a member of the Mississippi Statewide Mental Health Task Force where she chairs Subcommittee 6 Education and Training. She is involved in varies Community Organization involving Adults and Youth, serving as President and or a Board Member for many organizations such as NAMI-MS (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Christiane currently works as an Agent with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She resides in Jackson MS and has one son.