Humboldt County Zero Suicide Task Force

Together with local leaders and community members, this team has unified elected officials and founded the Humboldt County Zero Suicide Task Force to address the alarming suicide rate.

Honorable Judge Michael R. Montero, Sixth Judicial District Court

The Honorable Judge Michael Montero presides over Nevada’s Sixth Judicial District Court. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and went on to earn his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Judge Montero was elected District Judge in Nevada’s Sixth Judicial District in November 2008. He is an active member of the Sixth Judicial District Community Improvement Council, Indigent Defense Commission, Nevada Access to Justice Commission, Judicial Council of the State of Nevada, Immediate past president of the Nevada District Judge’s Association, Specialty Court Funding Committee, Judicial Council of the State of Nevada Technology Committee, Committee to Study Evidence Based Pretrial Release, State of Nevada’s Children’s Justice Act Task Force and the Nevada Children’s Commission. Judge Montero engages with the community as a member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club, currently serves as State President for the Nevada High School Rodeo Association, and has implemented the work of the local Zero Suicide Initiative for Humboldt County. Throughout his time on the bench, Judge Montero has worked closely with the community to bring together agencies to work seamlessly from their various disciplines to promote the well-being of the community.

Brooke O’Byrne, BSW, CADC, Director of Court Services, Sixth Judicial District Court

Brooke O’Byrne, BSW, CADC is the Director of Court Services. Ms. O’Byrne has ten years of professional experience providing treatment services and program oversight to community-based organizations. As Director with the Court, Ms. O’Byrne works to connect defendants and specialty court participants with behavioral health care ranging from substance abuse treatment to psychiatric care. In Humboldt County, Ms. O’Byrne has worked closely with local providers and law enforcement to adopt a sequential intercept model in response to the behavioral health needs of residents.

Betsy Guerrero, Administrative Specialist, 6th Judicial District Court

Betsy Guerrero grew up in rural Northern Nevada. She graduated from William Jessup University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Guerrero’s position with the Sixth Judicial District Court entails her working in administration, coordinating Family Treatment Court, and organizing all efforts for the Zero Suicide Initiative in Humboldt County.


Keynote Address: Friday, October 13, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Sierra Building, Room 108

Zero Suicide Initiative and Community Organization
This interactive session will provide attendees with an overview of the Humboldt County Zero Suicide Initiative. Attendees will learn about the application of collective impact to support the development of a Zero Suicide Initiative across an entire rural community.


  1. Participants will learn five steps for building their community response
  2. Participants will learn methods to overcome barriers
  3. Participants will leave with one action step to take back to their community

Presentation Handouts: Strategic Plan Diagram; PowerPoint Presentation