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Background:

For some time, we have been gathering contacts in the First Responder realms of operation. Some decent conversations but no traction.

Montgomery County started a local initiative in behavioral health and suicide prevention due to the rising suicide rate. The initial call to action had 550 in attendance and 4 hours of presentations.

As I was leaving the convention center, I realized we could ride this momentum for First Responder supports serving citizens with learning differences of all ages.

I sent this email to the team at BHSPTaskForceMC@gmail.com

"Today's Call to Action had magnificent synergy. May we please add one additional group:

Behavioral Health/Training/Community Development/First Responders

where we come together on supporting First Responders and CITs when they serve those with learning differences. We propose covering pre-school through adults of all diagnoses in community and educational settings----when things go wrong and interventions of force are perceived to be needed----either as witnesses, victims or suspects. We would cover neural wiring, behavioral redirects, diagnoses, modeling, co-facilitated trainings, etc., bringing all parties together.

You know, like you presented today.

Co-morbidity is rampant in our world of learning differences, and there is much to share.

Our team has been laying groundwork for this, most of them are copied on this email. I personally volunteer to serve in any way, and have been reaching out for some time. I was inspired by your meeting today to propose we share your m#omentum.

Could we please discuss this further?" Their leadership team eventually nicely said "no".

Since that time, I've been keeping them in the loop as we push forward.

Eventually, we booked a conference room at The Woodlands
Chamber and created our own call to action meeting.

We have a small planning team, a much larger interest group, a LinkedIn forum group and a list serv. We are also assembling an advisory council.

Our intention is that there will be much more listening than talking and that the combined resources will help each First Responder group better their own internal processes and practices.

We don't think any one expert has all the answers.

Within the special population of neurodiversity/learning differences/disabilities, we are including those that might be victims, witnesses, suspects, students, children, adults and workers.

By First Responders, we include but do not limit it to school staff, firefighters, police, and EMS.

In the longer term, if any of these groups would like educational workshops, we are creating those also.

It is not our intention to sell training in a sales pitch.

Everyone on our teams has skin in this game.