Date(s) - 02/20/2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Council Bluffs Public Library
Pottawattamie County – Iowa
Involuntary Mental Health Commitment Informational Session
Magistrate John Heithoff and Ashley Gray, Judicial Mental Health Advocate
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
1:00 pm– 3:00 pm
Council Bluffs Library, Room A, 400 Willow Ave. Council Bluffs, IA
Who Should Attend: Direct Care Staff, Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, Peer Support Specialists, Community Mental Health providers, Administrators and all who want to increase their knowledge of the mental health involuntary committal process.
(This is not a venue for specific case discussion)
• Learn the legislative intent for Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 229
• Identify the criteria required for an involuntary commitment
• Review processes for involuntary commitments
• Identify the role of the Judicial Mental Health Advocate
• Review recent changes in Chapter 229
About the Speaker:
Magistrate Heithoff graduated from the Creighton University School of Law. Since 2009 he has been serving in Pottawattamie County as a part-time Judicial Magistrate for the State of Iowa. He was in in private law practice for 27 years and has also served in the capacity of Assistance City Attorney for the City of Council Bluffs, and Assistant County Attorney for Pottawattamie County. From 2014 to present he has been an adjunct instructor at Bellevue University primarily teaching Business Ethics, Human Resources Law and International Law. Magistrate Heithoff has also served in numerous civic and community organizations.
Ashely Gray graduated from the University of South Dakota. She has served both youth and adults in the mental health and developmental disability field for 15 years. She has been in the role of Judicial Mental Health Advocate for the past 3 years serving Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties.