Co-Responder Coffee Breaks are monthly sessions hosted by ICRA to share knowledge amongst the ICRA membership. The sessions will host presentations, expert panels, and group conversations for members to learn, observe model programs, and share lessons learned with one another. Each month will provide a new format or topic for members to engage with. 

Co-Responder Coffee Breaks featuring expert panels and presentations will be archived and available to view on demand in the member area of the ICRA website. If you have a topic or presentation you would like to see covered at the next coffee break, email

June Coffee Break

6/20/2024 - 1 PM EST / 12 PM CST

Four Layers of Collaborative Response

Dr. Margie Balfour will explain four layers of collaborative response and how this way of thinking can enhance your team's crisis response. Dr. Balfour's presentation is in partnership with Tucson Police Sgt. Jason Winsky, who will join to describe the "second responder" initiatives his mental health support team is leading.


May Coffee Break

5/7/2024 - 12 PM EST / 11 AM CST

School-Based Youth Crisis Response

This month, we'll host a webinar to give ICRA members an in-depth look at a school-based youth crisis response team. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office will share how this model works, what the agency has learned, and how you can start thinking about this area of co-response.


April Coffee Break

4/15/2024 - 3 PM EST / 2 PM CST

Planning for National Co-Responder and Crisis Responder Week

In April, we'll host a conversation amongst peers to give ICRA members an early opportunity to discuss ways to celebrate National Co-Responder and Crisis Responder Week, which begins on September 16, 2024.


March Coffee Break

3/19/2024 - 4 PM EST / 3 PM CST

Co-Response & Liability

This month, we'll focus on the liability at stake during co-response. Listen to one clinician’s story about the intersections of liability coverage and multi-agency engagement. The clinician will share how this became a case study in program development and policy, so that you can take new ideas back to your team.


February Coffee Break

2/15/2024 - 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST

Diversion Programs

Join us for a conversation amongst peers! We’ll talk about how programs focus on diverting people from the criminal justice system, jail, and emergency rooms. Come prepared to share what sets your program apart and what you’d like to learn from others!


January Coffee Break

1/22/2024 - 5 PM EST / 4 PM CST

Co-Response Around the World

Glen Blackwell, who has more than 30 years of experience with the Western Australia Police, will present his firsthand study of co-responder programs around the world.


December Coffee Break

12/14/2023 - 3 PM EST / 2 PM CST

Diversion Data

Does your team track jail and emergency department diversions? Do you track times when other units return to service because a co-responder is on scene? This month’s conversation amongst peers will discuss how programs track this data, what criteria to use, and who makes these decisions.


November Coffee Break

11/21/2023 - 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST

Helping Those Left Behind

This month’s Co-Responder Coffee Break will discuss outreach to family and friends coping with loss following a death by suicide. This webinar hopes to help ICRA members discover new ways to reach out and provide support to community members.


October Coffee Break

10/18/2023 - 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST

Bridging Perspectives

Captain Tony Lockhart from King County, Washington, will discuss the different perspectives police officers, firefighters, and clinicians bring to the table. He'll tell ICRA members how to leverage those important perspectives to help each other understand different roles and achieve a common goal.


September Coffee Break

09/18/2023 - 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST

Suicide Prevention

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, we’ll hold a conversation amongst peers. ICRA members should come prepared to discuss ways your program approaches suicide prevention. This could be through protocols, resources, or even statewide initiatives.


August Coffee Break

08/22/2023 - 12:30 PM EST / 11:30 AM CST

Co-Response with Fire & EMS

This month will host a discussion on the benefits of co-response for Fire and EMS teams:

  • Tips for new programs
  • Pain points
  • Partnership with law enforcement

July Coffee Break

07/19/2023 - 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Death Notifications

Informing people of a loved one's passing is difficult. There is a lack of widespread formal training for conducting a death notification. This webinar will discuss the following:

  • Law enforcement's role in death notifications
  • Minimizing emotional impact on recipient
  • Benefits of involving a co-responder in death notifications

June Coffee Break

ICRA will not host a June Coffee Break due to the busy CoRCon 2023 period!  

ICRA wishes you a wonderful summer season!

Coffee Breaks will resume in July

May Coffee Break

05/30/2023 - 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Introduce Your Specialty Intervention Program

This month, ICRA members will learn more about specialty intervention programs. Come prepared with an informal five-minute overview of your program. If you don't have one, join us for some inspiration!

April Coffee Break

04/25/2023 - 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Officer & Clinician Safety Principles

With the goal of minimizing risk and maximizing safety for all, this month’s webinar for ICRA members will cover:

  • Development of a survival mindset
  • Basic concepts of situational awareness
  • Physical safety actions
These principles apply to any co-responder or crisis clinician in a law enforcement, fire, or EMS co-responder program.

March Coffee Break

03/30/2023 - 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Introduce Your Program

This month, ICRA members will learn about different co-responder programs across the country. Come prepared with a five-minute overview of your program, covering the following:

  • Location (population of your area)
  • Type of program (LEO, Fire, EMS, etc.)
  • Your main goals
  • How you deploy resources
  • Favorite example of effectiveness

February Coffee Break

02/22/2023 - 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Don't miss out on the first Co-Responder Coffee Break in a webinar format!

Fentanyl: What Co-Responders Need to Know

    • Communicating with clients
    • First responder exposure
    • Using Naloxone
    • Harm reduction methods

January Coffee Break

01/26/2023 - 4:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM CST

The January Co-Responder Coffee Break will be a conversation amongst peers on - 

Co-Responders: Contracted Employees or Agency Staff Members?

Come talk with your peers about the benefits of each model. 

December Coffee Break

ICRA will not be hosting a December Coffee Break due to the busy holiday season and lots of exciting end of year work for the 4th Annual Co-Responder Conference! 

ICRA wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

Coffee Breaks will resume in January. 

November Coffee Break

11/17/2022 - 12:00 PM EST/11:00 AM CST

The November Co-Responder Coffee Break will be a conversation amongst peers on Substance Use Calls. Attendees will be able to network with others and learn about:

  • Screening Devices, 
  • Processes, 
  • Local and National Resources,
  • Solutions and successes that can be adapted to your own co-responder program.

October Coffee Break

10/21/2022 - 1:00 PM EST/12:00 CST

Our October Co-Responder Coffee Break will be a conversation amongst peers on Screening and Hiring Co-Responder. Attendees will be able to network with others and learn about:

  • Interview questions, 
  • Processes, 
  • Pre-employment requirements,
  • Creative recruiting opportunities to identify qualified candidates.

September Coffee Break 

09/21/2022 - 1:00 PM EST/12:00 CST

The September Coffee Break will host a conversation amongst peers focused on Safety in Co-Responder Programs. Attendees will divide into groups for guided discussions on what programs around the country are doing to be safe. 

Bring your questions and insight on:

    • Training
    • Equipment
    • Policies
    • Procedures

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software