CHCB is pleased to welcome Mourning Fox, LCMHC as our new Director of Mental Health Services! Fox began his career in mental health more than 25 years ago as a psychiatric emergency services clinician. Since then, Fox has run mobile crisis teams and psychiatric/forensic residential programs. He developed the counseling program at Earlham College in Richmond, IN and directed the maximum-security inpatient forensic unit at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fox has also been the director of a private nonprofit inpatient psychiatric unit and a 40 bed detox/treatment unit for court ordered substance use treatment for women in MA. He was class president and graduated from the Massachusetts Police Academy and was trained by the FBI in hostage/crisis negotiations. He was the first non-correctional officer to be a member of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections Crisis Negotiation Team. More recently, Mourning Fox has been the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Mental Health for the past four years. While at DMH, Fox lead the work on the design and implementation of a secure recovery residence for adults with substantial mental health needs who require significant supports. He also helped create the Embedded Mental Health Crisis Worker program within the Vermont State Police and was the architect for state legislation that looks to create a forensic system of care for Vermont.
Fox has been certified as a NAPPI (Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Interventions) instructor, a CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) trainer, and a mental health first aid trainer. He has provided Violence Prevention and De-escalation training and consultation to many law enforcement agencies throughout New England, as well as to a myriad of social service providers, educators and others. Fox helped create the Team Two curriculum and remains a member of the Team Two Steering Committee. He was also appointed by the governor as the Co-Chair of the Vermont Community Violence Prevention Task Force in 2019. Fox has been an active member of the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission which reviews interactions between law enforcement and people with mental health issues that resulted in either injury or death. Mourning Fox also was the creator of a well-received nationally used webinar training for college and university police/security personnel.