Mental Health Crisis Response Institute

A Program of the Barbara Schneider Foundation

2419 Nicollet Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404


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About Us

Behind the Scenes

The Mental Health Crisis Response Institute brings all of the Barbara Schneider Foundation's training programs under one roof to make it easier to access trainings and to strengthen our mission and goals. Since 2000, we’ve been working with our partners in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, health care, social services, educators, mental health professionals, advocates, and members of diverse communities to improve the response to children and adults in mental health crisis. The result has been more appropriate and effective mental health crisis response, improved safety for first responders, and growing community partnerships.

Imagine what we can achieve together!

Key People

Committed to the Cause

The mission of the Barbara Schneider Foundation is: To promote positive outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis through collaborative intervention and decriminalization.

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of the Mental Health Crisis Response Institute. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop.

Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

Mark Anderson

Executive Director

Mark Anderson has an MA in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, and is the Founding Director of of the Barbara Schneider Foundation.

You can contact Mark directly at:

Renee Jenson

Development Director

Renee Jenson has an MA in Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Minnesota.  She brings years of experience and skills to  help the organization grow and succeed.

You can contact Renee directly at:

Lieutenant Randy Carroll

Senior Trainer

Lieutenant Carroll retired in 2016 from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Division specializing in inmate management and behavior modification. Randy spent 32 years in law enforcement, corrections and detention.

Contact Lt. Carroll directly at:

 Partners and Associates


Many clients are referred to us by other satisfied customers.  Recommendations have allowed us to build a collaborative network unique in terms of integrity, character, responsibility, and awareness.