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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.

 Partners and Associates

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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:

LeMoine LaPointe

Project/Process Facilitator, Indigenizing CIT in Indian Country

LeMoine LaPointe has extensive knowledge and expertise in facilitating affirmative and solution-oriented community conversations within tribal communities and rural areas, as a crisis intervention method, that will increase understanding of mental and behavioral health, help develop empathy, identify best ways to navigate community resources, and demonstrate practical application of the community conversation as a collective and transformative de-escalation practice.  You can contact LeMoine at


Keith Kirby

Senior Trainer

Keith Kirby began his career in law enforcement in 1978, serving a total of 33 years before retiring as a Police Sergeant from the Irving, Texas Police Department and from Anoka County Corrections, Anoka Minnesota where he held positions as a Supervisor, Training Coordinator and Assistant Administrator. Mr. Kirby holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice and maintains an active Texas Peace Officer license. He is also a FBI certified firearms instructor, a Defensive Tactics Instructor and a CIT Instructor. He has been with the Barbara Schneider Foundation since 2012

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.

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