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Reducing Recidivism & Reentry Conference

February 19 and 20, 2020 at

The Hotel Captain Cook


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 15th 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.

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

  • Agenda

    2020 Reducing Recidivism & Reentry Agenda.pdf


    Day 1

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    7:30 am Check-in Opens

    8:00 am Welcome, Morning Address

    8:30 am - 11:00 am Reentry Simulation
    Jonathan Pistotnik, Coalition Coordinator Anchorage Reentry Coalition
    Yulonda Candelario, Law Enforcement, Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney's Office

    11:30 am – 12:30 pm Crisis Stabilization
    Jamie Sellar MA, LPC., Chief Strategy Officer at RI International

    12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch Networking – Lunch provided

    1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation: The Practice of Re-entry
    David Westlake, Co-Founder Turiya of Alaska

    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Update on the 1115 waiver and Alaska’s Behavioral Health System of Care
    Farina Brown, Deputy Director Alaska Division of Behavioral Health
    Terry Roth, Medicaid Section Manager Alaska Division of Behavioral Health

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Crisis Now Model – Developing our future 
    Jamie Sellar, Chief Strategy Officer at RI International
    Travis Welch, Program Officer Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
    Tammy Axelsson, Chief Probation Officer Alaska Department of Corrections
    Ruth Adolf, Crisis Intervention Team Officer Anchorage Police Department
    Katie Baldwin Johnson, Senior Program Officer Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
    Eric Boyer, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority


    Day 2

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    7:30 am Check-in Opens

    8:00 am Welcome

    8:15 am – 9:15 am Historical Trauma and the Link to Criminal Justice Involvement
    Meda DeWitt, MA, TH

    9:15 am – 10:15 am Responding in Community to Implicit Biases: Ethical Discussions
    Tirzah Parrish LeFeber, Psychologist, Alaska Veterans Affairs

    10:45 am – 11:45 am The Impact of ‘Incarceration Culture’ on the Re-entering Client with SMI
    Stephanie Rhoades
    Jierum Duarte

    11:45 am – 12:15 pm What in the Heck Does “APIC” Mean?
    Marian Lilley LPC, Department of Corrections, State of Alaska

    12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Networking – Lunch provided

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation: The Practice of Re-entry
    David Westlake, Co-Founder Turiya of Alaska

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Overcoming Barrier Crimes - DHSS Background Checks and Variances
    Craig Baxter, Background Check Variance Chair, Department of Health Social Services

    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Department of Corrections and Division of Juvenile Justice – Making Reentry Personal
    Sandy Martinson, Superintendent Anvil Mountain Correctional Center
    Tanja Webley, Juvenile Justice Unit Supervisor, Division of Juvenile Justice, McLaughlin Youth Center
    Earl Houser, Superintendent Goose Creek Correctional Center
    Gloria Johnson, Superintendent Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
    Janice Weiss, Reentry Program Manager, Department of Corrections

    *Conference Agenda is subject to change

  • Registration, Hotel Accommodations, and Parking


    Participant registration is available on the Conference Registration Page
    The cost of the two-day conference is $45.00 and includes a light continental breakfast and lunch on both days.
    Conference fees will be waived after registration is completed for these specific employers or employer groups:
    • Reentry Coalition Member Agency/Reentry Center Partner
    • Community Reentry Program
    • Native Corporation Reentry Program or Reentry Services
    • Disability Law Center
    • Center for Psychosocial Development
    • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
    • Alaska Native Justice Center
    • Veterans Administration
    • Municipal Public Safety
    • State of Alaska - Alaska Commission on Aging
    • State of Alaska - Alaska Court System
    • State of Alaska - Alaska Mental Health Board/Advisory Board on Drug Abuse & Alcoholism
    • State of Alaska - Department of Corrections
    • State of Alaska - Department of Health & Social Services
    • State of Alaska - Department of Labor & Workforce Development
    • State of Alaska - Department of Law
    • State of Alaska - Department of Public Safety
    • State of Alaska - Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education
    • State of Alaska - Public Defender Agency

    Hotel Accommodations

    A negotiated rate is available at The Hotel Captain Cook, this can be utilized via The Hotel Captain Cook website or call 907-276-6000 or 800-843-1950 and use the Group Code: RC202.


    Parking is not included with registration. Parking information can be found on the EasyPark website.

  • Continuing Education Credits
    11 General Continuing Education Credits are pending through the Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners for a fee of $100. This fee is not covered by the employer waiver.
  • Training Access Funds

    To qualify for Training Access Funds you must live in a rural community off the road system OR live more than 100 miles from Anchorage or the MatSu Borough. To apply you must complete the Applicant section and your supervisor must complete the Supervisor section. Submission deadline: January 31, 2020.

    Complete the Training Access Fund Application and follow all instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Exhibitors and Sponsorship

    Exhibitor registration is available on the Exhibitor Registration Page.

    For questions about exhibiting at the conference or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the conference coordinator, Megan Moody at