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If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller’s location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



April 23, 24, 25, 2004

The Annual Convening of Crisis Intervention Personnel is celebrating 28 years of providing cutting edge information covering crisis intervention in all its many facets.  This year the Kristin Brooks Hope Center will join with CONVENING to host the 2nd Annual Collaborative Crisis Centers Conference. We believe this partnership will improve and enrich our conference offerings. As the world stands on the brink of chaos, the work of the crisis interventionist  takes on renewed importance and relevance.  The recent unimaginable tragedies and the potential for future disasters requires that we be prepared to assist in the management of human suffering in ways that we had not fathomed before.


Since it began, CONVENING has brought together volunteers and professionals who provide crisis services in every imaginable setting.  Our combined conferences offer opportunities for networking, exploring and sharing ideas and information about developments in the field.  It is an environment where the concerns and interests of volunteers and professionals in psychology, social work, psychiatry, counseling, substance abuse, nursing, medicine, education, and other related fields are addressed. This year’s conference promises to be a place where we can learn from each other and renew our energy for the tasks ahead.


CONVENING and the Kristin Brooks Hope Center are committed to providing the kind of information that will aid in professional development and enhance the quality of services delivered.  All of us involved in its planning look forward to welcoming you to Chicago this April 23rd-25th.


For the first time you will be able to register electronically online including pay by credit card. www.hopeline.com/registration


The genesis of the Santa Fe conference was a response to the outcry from many of our member centers asking for a Hopeline Network conference.  Being the collaborators that KBHC is made up of, we chose to invite Contact USA and AAS to join us in our First Collaborative Crisis Center Conference.  We had invited Convening to be a part of that event. Timing did not work out for the good folks that put on the Convening conference. This year we were fortunate to be able to join with Convening in Chicago for the 2nd annual event. The low rate of $145 is designed specifically to allow crisis center folks to attend without having to choose between ours and other conferences they may wish to attend.


KBHC will have a separate track of six workshops specifically geared towards Hopeline members. The most important will be the Fee for Service-Charging for 1-800-SUICIDE Calls- How your agency can contract with counties that have no direct service, providing back up to Community Mental Health Centers, and working with KBHC to broker the more than 5,000 county contracts in the US to build a tighter safety net through 1-800-SUICIDE and the member agencies that make up the National Hopeline Network. Charles C. Ray (past CEO of NCCBH) will be giving this presentation. He is a powerful speaker with 17 years of experience in helping CMHC’s navigate through the complex world of fee for service.


Many more workshops (42 in all) await your participation.


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