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Criminal Justice Mental Health Summit 2023

The 2023 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.

Sessions at a Glance

  • Post Traumatic Purpose
  • Harnessing Culture for Success with H.E.A.T.
  • What You Do Matters
  • Direct Hire Social Worker Model
  • Rule 20: What is it and How Does it Work?
  • After Arrest: People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness in Jail

Keynote Presenter

Travis Howze, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, former Police Officer, retired Firefighter, Speaker, and Author

Travis Howze is an international touring speaker, author and motivational wellness educator. He spent 14 years in the military and emergency services as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and Firefighter. His talk, Post Traumatic Purpose, focuses on mental health and provides an honest look at the mental health epidemic affecting first responders and their families. He also covers various resources, the culture, and why many never seek help, offering a holistic approach to helping people cope with trauma.


Plymouth Community Center
14800 34th Ave N
Plymouth, MN 55447

Who Should Attend?

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

Session Type:

In-person conference.



Hotel Reservations:

Crown Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441

Rate: $129/night

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  • Full refund available, 60+ days prior to the event.
  • 50% refund available 59-30 days prior to the event.
  • No refunds will be made 29 days prior to the event.

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Date & Time

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023 - Thursday, Sep 21, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Plymouth Community Center
14800 34th Ave N
Plymouth, MN 55447


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Imran Ali

Attorney, Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services
Imran is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and the Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services for the Law Enforcement Training Academy & Consulting (LETAC) team. As a career long trial lawyer, his practice is also focused on Complex Litigation, Personal Injury, and Municipal Prosecution. 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.

Dr. Shawn Moore

Distinguished LETAC Faculty
Dr. Shawn Moore is a former Police Officer for Brooklyn Center Police Department. He has 20 years of professional experience in the field of Cultural Competency, Conflict Resolution, and Community Engagement. This has included, working as a community liaison in the Moundsview School District, a community and cultural coordinator for North St. Paul School District, Coordinating the Scholars Program at Century College, and Director of community engagement and service learning at Bethel University, and Metro State University. He has taught in this field as an adjunct professor, senior Mall of America training officer, and community-training liaison. Shawn is currently a Volunteer State Mediator for Hennepin County. Throughout all of his work experience he has been tasked with the responsibility to teach and conduct cross-cultural, conflict resolution, and community engagement workshops and trainings. He also gained experience from his time living abroad which included living in Guam for 4 years. Also, Shawn spent significant time in Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Australia, and South Africa.

Todd Larson

Todd Larson is the Director of the What You Do Matters (WYDM) Institute focused on training criminal justice personnel across the United States. Prior to this role, he was the Associate Vice President of Workplace and Public Safety for a large Arizona Hospital System and was responsible for Security, Emergency Management, Central Communications, Access Control, Military Partnership, Simulations Training Center, Trauma Outreach, Injury Prevention, and the Forensic Nursing Program across six hospitals and over 100 other locations. Prior to working in Healthcare, Todd retired from the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department after 22 years of service. He spent the majority of his career investigating felony crimes within the Special Investigations Section, Violent Crimes Unit, Federal DEA Phoenix Task Force and served over ten years on the Scottsdale Police Department SWAT Team as an operator, sniper, and team leader. Todd has authored numerous court orders and warrants as well as serving as an instructor for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The Scottsdale Police Department, and The Arizona Narcotics Officers Association (ANOA) Annual Conferences. Todd is a graduate of The Advisory Board’s High Performing Leadership Fellowship, The Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and is a Certified Force Science Specialist. Todd has authored several published articles involving police training, tourniquet research, TBI research, and healthcare technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in Leadership with Emphasis on Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Todd’s complete Curriculum Vitae is attached.

Joseph Gerhard

Captain Blaine Police Department
Joe Gerhard started as a police officer in 2003. He is currently the Administrative Services Captain for the Blaine Police Department. His division oversees the mental health coordinator, community outreach, department training, field training officers, policy management, records, evidence, and school resource officers. Joe is also the president of the Anoka County Public Safety Peer Support group and a developer of the Police Officer Wellness by Enhancing Resiliency (P.O.W.E.R) Program.

Elizabeth Beltaos

Attorney, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Child Support and Adult Services
Elizabeth is currently a Principal Attorney in the HCAO supervising the Child Support Division and the Adult Services Division, which handles commitments of all types- mentally ill, chemically dependent, developmental disability, mentally ill and dangerous and sexually dangerous persons and sexual psychopathic personality petitions. Elizabeth has also worked as a prosecutor in both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. She has experience as a prosecutor and now as a civil practitioner in navigating the intersection of each system when a motion regarding competence to stand trial is made.

Morganne Napoleoni-Montez

Inmate Resource Coordinator Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Detention Services
Morganne Napoleoni-Montez joined the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office in May 2022 as the Inmate Resource Coordinator. Morganne’s role is new to the jail and is designed to bring a more human centered and social service lens to Dakota County Jail. Morganne works one on one and in small groups with incarcerated people putting plans in place to return to the community, plans events such as the resource fair and motivational conference, provides training to staff and expands resources to inmates. Previous to joining the Sheriff’s Office Morganne worked in HIV services in both the community and clinic setting. Morganne has a Bachelor of Social Work from Winona State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology through Southern New Hampshire University. Outside of work Morganne likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, gardening, traveling, hiking and tending to her pack of animals that includes two big dogs, two medium cats and a handful of backyard chickens.

Jacob Schak

Programs Sergeant, Dakota County Sheriff's Office, Detention Services
Correctional Sergeant Jake Schak has been a member of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office since December 17, 2012. He is currently assigned as the Jail Programs Supervisor, Commander of the Jail’s Special Response Team, Response to Resistance Instructor, Minnesota Sheriffs Association jail training committee, Community Engagement Team, and Champions team. Additionally, he has held positions as a Field Training Officer, Inmates Motivated to Change Deputy and Shift Supervisor. He served six years in the Army National Guard as Military Police; he graduated from Inver Hills Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts Education, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Cappella University and a master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in behavioral forensic health. He enjoys hiking with his amazing wife (Angela) in state parks, camping, fishing, playing paintball, and volunteering at his church.

Santo Cruz

Senior Vice President, CentraCare
Santo Cruz grew up in rural Stearns County before embarking on his legal career. He currently serves CentraCare as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer after previously being Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Community and Government Relations. Prior to joining CentraCare, he was a prosecutor for Hennepin County, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Attorney for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He serves on a number of non-profit and government Boards and Committees, including the Minnesota Hospital Association Legal Board. Santo and his family currently reside in rural Minnesota.

Judy Seeberger

Judy Seeberger is an American politician representing District 41 in the Minnesota Senate since 2023. Seeberger is a public school teacher and lawyer. She was a paramedic and fire department employee. During the 2022 Minnesota Senate election, she campaigned on supporting first responders, including investments in mental health and crime prevention.


This course is offered and conducted by Eckberg Lammers’ Law Enforcement Training Academy & Consulting team of experienced trainers and consultants. Information provided in these trainings does not constitute or contain legal advice, nor do they establish and attorney-client relationship.

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