Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Ms. Ann-Marie Louison, and Mr. John Volpe Present Grand Rounds on November 13th

New York, NY  (November 6,2015) –Elizabeth Ford, MD, Ann-Marie Louison, MSW, and John Volpe, LCSW will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s November Grand Rounds. Their presentation, entitled “Innovation, Reform, Best Practices and Challenges: NYC’s Response to People with Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System,” will familiarize clinicians with the prevalence of mental illness in the New York City criminal justice system, describe the behavioral health reforms in Rikers Island jail, and address the role providers can have to support successful community reentry.

Dr. Ford is the Chief of Psychiatry for NYC Health and Hospital Corporation’s Correctional Health Services and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. She is responsible for oversight of the mental health care of individuals incarcerated in the NYC jail system, including those at Rikers Island Jail.


Photo: Ms. Ann-Marie Louison


Ms. Louison is the Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) in New York City. She joined CASES in 1999 as the co-founder of the Nathaniel Project. The Nathaniel Project was the first alternative-to-incarceration program in New York City serving adults with serious mental illness convicted of felony crimes in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Ms. Louison oversees alternatives to incarceration programs and a new outpatient mental health clinic created for individuals with mental illness and criminal justice involvement.

Mr. Volpe is the Special Advisor for Criminal Justice at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he works to address policy, system and programmatic issues which can reduce the intersection of individuals with mental illness and the criminal justice system. Mr. Volpe has worked with many diverse NYC populations in a human service career spanning over twenty years.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, videoconferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency in Kingston.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, November 13th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue), 2nd Floor. A light breakfast will be served at 7:45am.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds are supported with a generous donation from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation. Grand Rounds are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month throughout the year.