Reducing Recidivism & Reentry Conference

Reentry Today and Moving Forward:
Supporting Justice-Involved Alaskans

February 15-17, 2022

Online Web-Delivered


If your work is in:

  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • community programs
  • case management
  • public defender
  • judicial systems
  • at risk or adjudicated youth
  • probation
  • social work
  • in another field that is concerned with reducing recidivism and strengthening reentry services
...this conference is for you!

About the Conference

The 17th Annual Reducing Recidivism and Reentry conference will convene a diverse community of professionals who will collaborate, build partnerships, exchange ideas, work on finding solutions, and improve services for youth and adults returning to their community. The conference agenda will feature a broad range of sessions that highlight evidence-based best practices to strengthen our reentry services while paying particular attention to mental health-focused philosophies addressing the criminogenic risk and needs of justice involved youth and adults throughout our state.

In order to provide a conference that allows attendees the opportunity to learn and connect with fellow reentry professionals while maintaining safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited we moved the 17th Annual Reducing Recidivism & Reentry conference to an interactive virtual platform. The easy-to-use virtual conference platform allows attendees to connect with peers, speakers, and exhibitors, all while providing education on today's most relevant topics!

Together we can continue to develop services in our communities and justice system that will support a more successful re-entry process.

The Reducing Recidivism and Reentry Conference receives funding and support from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and UAA CHD's Alaska Training Cooperative.


  • Registration

    Registration is processed through The Alaska Training Cooperative.

    Participant registration is available on the Conference Registration Page. 

    The cost to attend the four day conference as a participant is $45.00.

    13 Continuing Education Credits are pending through the National Association of Social Workers Alaska Chapter (NASW-AK) for an additional fee of $100.

    Exhibitors can register on the Exhibitor Registration Page.

  • Agenda

    Day 1 - Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    8:00am - 8:45am Visit our Exhibitors

    8:45am - 9:00am Announcements and Introductions

    9:00am - 10:45am Women and Reentry: Foundations for Success
    Presented by: Stephanie Taylor-Silva, BA, Reentry Specialist, Idaho Department of Correction

    10:45am - 11:00am Break

    11:00am - 12:00pm Reentry Services Specific for Rural Alaska Panel
    Presented by: Geoff Bullock, MHA, Ketchikan Reentry Coordinator, Katie Cowgill, AA, Reentry Case Manager, Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition, Karl Clark, Reentry Program Manager, Bristol Bay Native Association, Lance E. Johnson BA, Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services Norton Sound Health Corporation

    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break and Visit our Exhibitors

    1:00pm - 2:00pm Serving Justice-Involved Alaskans with Neurobehavioral Disorders
    Presented by: Adam Rutherford, Chief Mental Health Officer, State of Alaska, Department of Corrections, Jenn Wagaman, Alaska Center for Children and Adults, Fetal Alcohol Diagnostics Team Coordinator, Pat Sidmore, State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services on Trauma, Kay Papakristo, M.Ed., Education Director, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska

    2:00pm - 3:15pm Using Technology to Better Serve Justice-Involved Alaskans Panel
    Presented by: Tony Piper, MS, LPC, ASAP Program Manager, State of Alaska, DHSS Melissa Smith, BHA, Assistant Director of Prison Programs for the Colorado Department of Corrections, and Laura Brooks, State of Alaska, Department of Corrections

    3:15pm - 3:30pm Closing

    Day 2 - Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    8:00am - 8:55am Visit our Exhibitors

    8:55am - 9:00am Announcements and Introductions

    9:00am - 10:00am Alaska Reentry up to Today
    Presented by: Steve Williams, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Travis Welch, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Teri Tibbett, BLA, MFA, Advocacy Coordinator, Alaska Mental Health Board/Advocacy Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

    10:00am - 10:15am Break

    10:15am - 12:00pm Urban Reentry Case Management - Past, Present, & Future Panel
    Presented by: Kara Nelson, Director of Development and Public Relations, True North Recovery, Inc., Nathan Block, MPA, Reducing Recidivism-Reentry Case Manager, JAMHI Health and Wellness, Inc., Christina Shadura, Reentry Case Manager, Partners Reentry Center, Brian Galloway, Case Manager, Mat-Su Re-entry Coalition, Marsha Oss, NCAC-I, CDC-BHC II, CADC, PSS-TPS-III, Fairbanks Re-Entry Case Manager

    12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break and Visit our Exhibitors

    12:45pm - 1:30pm Facilitated Networking

    1:30pm - 1:45pm Break

    1:45pm - 2:45pm Compassion Prison Project, Creating Trauma-Informed Prisons
    Presented by: Jess Angel, PSS, Support Group Central/HeyPeers/Peer Support Solutions and Compassion
    Ambassador, Compassion Prison Project and Fritzi Horstman, BA, Founder Compassion Prison Project

    2:45pm - 3:00pm Closing

    Day 3 - Thursday, February 17, 2022

    8:00am - 8:55am Visit our Exhibitors

    8:55am - 9:00am Announcements and Introductions

    9:00am - 10:45am What Works in the Assessment, Treatment and Management of Men Convicted of Sexual Offenses
    Presented by: Robert McGrath, MA, McGrath Psychological Services, P. C.

    10:45am - 11:00am Break

    11:00am - 12:15pm Incentives, Incentives & Incentives: Implementing Low-Cost/No-Cost Evidence-Based Incentives
    Presented by: Hon. Diane Bull, Ret., JD, BA

    12:15pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break and Visit our Exhibitors

    12:45pm - 1:30pm Facilitated Networking

    1:30pm - 1:45pm Break

    1:45pm - 3:15pm Northwest Credible Messenger Transformative Peer Mentoring Model
    Presented by: Jason Clark, Executive Director of Northwest Credible Messenger and Bobby Dorton, Counselor, Fairbanks Native Association

    3:15pm - 3:30pm Closing