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youth crisis actors troupe formed

Youth actors will act in scenarios in BSF De-escalation Trainings with educators and others who work with youth.


Congrats! Anoka County, MN Police Explorer post takes first place at their state conference

BSF Trainer, CIT Officer Wayne Macfarlane, presented to over 250 Police Explorers, from nearly 50 Explorer Posts, on the topics of mental health crisis and de-escalation.  Assisting was Mark Anderson, Director of BSF.   The presentations covered the same material presented to officers in the 40 hour Memphis Model CIT training presented by the Foundation.


cbs evening news story march 5, 2013

Mentally ill getting prison bars instead of hospital beds


Prisons are the new mental health hospitals.   DOJ  says up to 64% in corrections have a mental illness.  Police report 37.5% increase in mental health crisis calls in the last 4 years. 


us senator al franken joins sheriff rich stanek and barbara schneider foundation

In a January 5, 2013 roundtable discussion of police, sheriff, corrections, mental health and advocates, Senator Franken and Sheriff Stanek pledged their commitment to the de-criminalization of mental illness.   They voiced suppport for initiatives in courts, corrections, law enforcement, mental health and public policy changes to divert those with a mental illness from the criminal justice system.   They will work together to improve the access to needed treatment with more training for first responders and others in de-escalation of mental health crisis situations and with stronger long term support for recovery from mental illness.   BSF has worked with Sheriff Stanek on these issues for 6 years and is pleased to support their joint efforts.

Barbara schneider foundation collaborates with Somali Cultural and human Services on mental health crisis outreach

A Saint Paul, Minnesota Agency, Somali Cultural and Human Services, hosts a series of outreach meetings in the conference room of the St Paul Police Department and the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis.  Attendees learn about mental health crisis issues, resources available to community members and ways to prevent and respond to mental health crisis situations.


Barbara Schneider Foundation meets with officers at Minneapolis Police Department during Police Station Visitors Week  

On October 18-24, 2010, 6,293 visitors participated in Police Station Visitors Week. The station visits took place in 276 cities, spread across 21 countries stretching from Bangladesh to Brazil, Nepal to Mexico, Russia to Uganda. For many of the visitors, the experience provided their first real access to local law enforcement and a platform for expressing their views about how well or poorly the station is serving their community.

On April 5th and 6th, 2011 IDC hosted Altus’ annual conference on Citizen-Centric Police Station Reforms in Amritsar, Punjab, India. The conference presented the results of PSVW 2010 and the top scoring stations were honored at an award ceremony

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Barbara Schneider foundation Partners with CIT international and national institute of corrections for on line training on CIT in Corrections

Major Sam Cochran consults with CIT Trainer, Deputy Chris Douglas, and CIT Training Actor, Dominic Kanaventi, who are both active in BSF's CIT work.  They provided a mental health de-escalation scenario for the NIC national online training for corrections.  Charles Jensen, a Trauma and Recovery Specialist with BSF, had a major part in the planning and content of the training.  View the training by going to the link on our training page.


Click here to watch our video, "To Give Back to the World"

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Click here to watch our video, "What's Our Problem?"

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Click here to watch our
video, "Getting it Right"

Getting It Right

Click here to watch Youth Trauma Effects on Mental Health.

video link to Mark Anderson's interview on 10th Anniversary of Deadly Mpls Shooting

Click here for Mark Anderson's interview on 10th Anniversary of Deadly Mpls Shooting.

video link to Mark Anderson's interview on 10th Anniversary of Deadly Mpls Shooting


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