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 and 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 David Covington, LPC, MBA, CEO and President, RI International or 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 Mediation: 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 Gennifer Moreau, Director, Alaska Division Behavioral Health

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Crisis Now Model – Developing our future Various partners more information coming soon. Moderator 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 – Making Reentry Personal Moderator 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
    11.5 NASW AK Chapter, Continuing Education Credits are pending 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. Both must be submitted by 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. Any questions about exhibiting at the conference, please contact Megan Moody, conference coordinator,

    If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Reducing Recidivism & Reentry Conference, please email Megan Moody at