A group of law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, school leaders and local and federal prosecutors gathered to talk to other community leaders, parents and students at the CPU high school.

The Agencies represented at the forum included:

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy and Law Enforcement Coordinator Todd Voter

Center Point-Urbana High School Principal Rob Libolt

Linn County Attorney's Office, County Attorney Jerry Vender Sanden, Assistant County Attorney Lance Heeren, Juvenile Division

Linn County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Brian Gardner, Major Douglas Riniker, Deputy, School Resource Officer, Kellie Hughes

6th District Court Services, Juvenile Court Officer, Bernie Bordignon

Unity Point Health, Abbe Mental Health Center Director of Outpatient Therapy Dan Louzek

Foundation2 Coordinator Mobile Crisis, Jessica Copley

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Thomas Reinwart

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Donald Dockendorff

There was a discussion held about the various ways to deescalate a situation with teenagers should there be a risk during school or even at home. 

Much of the discussion held concerned police response and how a situation is typically handled at the Center Point-Urbana High School. The group gathered discussed various scenarios and laws and how they may or may not apply as well explaining what law enforcement can and cannot do. 

Unity Point Health, Abbe Mental Health Center has an office in Vinton if you need assistance or counseling you can contact them via their website at: www.abbehealth.org or you can call the Vinton office at 319-472-5226.

One of the agencies offered practical advice as well as offering to be a mediator in the home if they are needed. 

A service called Foundation 2. Foundation 2 is a Crisis Center that offers trained telephone counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Crisis counselors are available by calling 319-362-2174 in the Cedar Rapids, or anywhere in Iowa, call 1-800-332-4224, they cover the complete state of Iowa. 

They offer a Crisis Chat saying, "Anyone who is depressed, going through a hard time, or just needs to talk, including people who are thinking about suicide, can use Foundation 2 chat services. Any life issues may be discussed on the Chat program. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing."

In addition to Chat messaging services, you may use your phone to text Foundation 2. Crisis Text is available by texting to 800-332-4224 and following the prompts.  Text is only currently available Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM, with plans to eventually expand the hours to respond to texts.

This is a link to their website.

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