Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, November 6 2013 as she talks with Mark Anderson and Rhianna Yazzie who attended the 2013 Crisis Intervention Team conference. They will discuss next steps in bringing the CIT methods to the Native American community. The conference was attended by law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, advocates and criminal justice personnel. The CIT programs support interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers and communities to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Mark Anderson, from 2003 to present, is a Consultant in Health Care and Human Rights Policy. He is the founding Executive Director of the Barbara Schneider Foundation, from 2003 to the present. 1990-2003, he was the Senior Policy Advisor on health care, mental health, human rights and related issues in the office of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, including his work on universal health coverage and mental health and substance abuse treatment parity. 1989-1990, he was Director of the Board and Commission Appointments in the Office of Governor Rudy Perpich.
Founder, playwright, Rhiana Yazzie has officially been calling the company and events she’s created in the Native community since October of 2009, “New Native Theatre”.
Rhiana Yazzie’s work has been seen on stages from Alaska to Mexico with 5 new play productions across the US since 2008. She is a two time winner of a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Playwriting Fellowship (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) and is a Playwrights’ Center Core Member. Recently, Rhiana was jointly commissioned by the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the NY Public Theater to write a play for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Her newest venture is the creation of New Native Theatre, in the Twin Cities, a company dedicated to telling Native American stories in a new way.