Community Forum:

Improving Criminal Justice Outcomes for People Living with IDD

Strengthening the health of our community and supporting people living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) requires teamwork, innovative practices and collaboration, especially when they intersect with the criminal justice system.


Join Integral Care and our criminal justice partners on Wednesday, November 20th for a community forum exploring how community-wide collaboration is improving outcomes for people living with IDD who also intersect with the criminal justice system. Panelists from Integral Care, Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the Juvenile Public Defender’s Office will discuss:


Panelists will discuss:

  • What occurs before, during, and after an individual living with IDD engages with the criminal justice system
  • How collaboration among these agencies and members of the community can result in more positive outcomes
  • The steps Travis County has taken to build these partnerships over the years

Louise Lynch, Integral Care’s Provider Network Authority Officer and former Director of Integral Care’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, will moderate the panel.


The Community Forum also includes a Community Partner Education Fair to highlight the work of local organizations that support those living with IDD in Travis County. Organizations include: Integral Care, SAFE AllianceThe Arc of Texas, Travis County Mental Health Public Defender, and VELA.


Register here.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019



11:00am – 1:30pm

11:00am – 11:30am:
Lunch & Community Partner Education Fair
11:30am – 1:00pm:
Panel Discussion
1:00pm – 1:30pm:
Community Partner Education Fair


Ascension Seton Administrative Offices
St. Vincent DePaul Auditorium, 1st Floor
1345 Philomena St. Austin, TX 78723

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Sarah Kuykendall
IDD Team Lead
Integral Care


Sarah Kuykendall supervises Integral Care’s IDD Crisis Services. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with mental health diagnoses as well as IDD. Her experience includes building collaborative relationships within the criminal justice system in order to improve outcomes for individuals with IDD. Sarah has a B.A. and an M.S. in Psychology.


Officer Ashley Uniszkiewicz, LMSW
Crisis Intervention Team
Austin Police Department


Officer Uniszkiewicz holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a LMSW in the state of Texas. She has served the Austin Police Department for 9 years, where she patrolled various parts of the city and is now a member of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Unit. Her experience as both an officer and a clinician provides her a unique perspective on the state of mental health and resources available in our community.


Deputy Chris Walsh
Mental Health Officer & Training Academy Instructor
Travis County Sheriff’s Office 


For over 14 years, Deputy Walsh has served as a Mental Health Officer. He currently develops and directs education and training for all law-enforcement and civilian personnel at the Sheriff’s Office. He works closely with Integral Care and the Travis County Jail to provide law-enforcement training on engaging persons living with IDD and addressing mental illness within a jail setting.

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Kameron Johnson
Juvenile Public Defender
Juvenile Public Defender’s Office


Bio Coming Soon

Location of Community Forum

Register to Attend

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Free Visitor Parking

Free visitor parking is available in the garage immediately south of the Ascension Seton Administration Offices and on the side streets. We strongly encourage carpooling or taking a ride share to the event.

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