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February 26, 2021 Webinar- Mental Health Justice

February 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

Join us for the February 2021 Virtual CE Event

Webinar: Mental Health Justice

The presentation will focus on what happens when someone with mental health issues gets arrested in Harris County.  We will also address how to provide assistance and guidance to those in need of mental health services in order to prevent interaction with the criminal justice system.  Finally, Helen Simotas will discuss alternatives to police response and the effort to decriminalize mental health and provide more services to those with mental health diagnoses.


Helen Simotas

Helen Simotas received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her JD from St. Mary's Law School. She has been practicing criminal defense for 24 years and is currently an Assistant Public Defender for Harris County. She works in the Mental Health Division representing clients with mental illness and IDD  (Intellectual/Developmental Disability) who have been charged with a crime. As part of her professional training, she attended the prestigious Jerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Wyoming.  Mrs. Simotas is a highly skilled trial attorney whose work has landed her appearances on several national and local TV networks. She has recently hosted several radio shows discussing mental health and criminal law, and is currently working on a podcast to discuss mental health justice.

CE credit will be given (certificates will be emailed to all attendees)

Once you register for this virtual event, you will receive an email confirming your registration immediately from the HPA website. In this email, you will find the details you will need to register with ZOOM. After you register with ZOOM, you will receive another email with details on how to join the virtual event. 

If you do not receive an email confirmation, please check your spam/junk email folder for this information, and contact the    Chapter Administrator if you have any further questions or concerns.


$15.00 Member of HPA

$25.00 Non member or Guest of HPA

$10.00 Student - Member or Non Member


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