Psychiatric Advance Directives to Promote Community Living

Psychiatric Advance Directives to Promote Community Living

Friday June 28th: 12:00 PM CST

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In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, join us to learn how psychiatric advance directives (PAD) can promote community living! This event will describe the benefits and challenges of completing a PAD, highlight the role peers can play in advancing PAD usage, and share tools and innovations. Provider, advocate, and peer perspectives will be included.

We invite people with mental health conditions, their families, peer support specialists, and health and behavioral health professionals—including state and county providers—who want to learn more about psychiatric advance directives. We will provide opportunities for questions and answers and to connect with others around the country.

A psychiatric or mental health advance directive (PAD) is a legal tool that allows a person with mental health and co-occurring substance use condition(s) to state their preferences for treatment and services, particularly during crisis situations, and can protect a person’s autonomy and ability to self-direct care.

This event is sponsored by SAMHSA’s Office of Recovery (OR) with support via the OR’s SAMHSA Program to Advance Recovery Knowledge (SPARK).


  • Ira Burnim, Senior Counsel, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Rayshell Chambers, MPA, Painted Brain
  • Elisha Coffey, MSW, CPS, Vice President of States Advocacy, Mental Health America
  • Matthew Federici, MS, CPRP, CEO, Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery
  • Neeraj Gandotra, MD, Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA
  • Harvey Rosenthal, CEO, The Alliance for Rights and Recovery
  • Kiran Sahota, Concepts Forward Consulting 

The National Recovery Friendly Workplace Institute, in consultation with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, using their Recovery Ready Toolkit, has created a National Recovery Friendly Workplace Certification.  Workplaces from all sectors are encouraged to obtain certification.  Workplaces with operations in multiple states and 500+ employees are welcome to request an invitation to be in the Inaugural Class of nationally-certified organizations. To request an invitation to apply for certification, please email

To learn more, watch a recording of the 05.28.2024 presentation on National Recovery Friendly Workplace Certification: click here 

Thursday May 30th, 2024: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CST

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As Crisis Response Services systems continue to evolve, it is imperative that service systems and delivery be informed by those with lived experience of receiving these services. Recognizing this, organizations across the country are leveraging lived experience and peer supports to innovate and build robust ER alternative programs for Crisis Stabilization services. Join us as we explore and discuss the Living Room Model, one such recovery centered alternative, which has helped provide support to many individuals facing challenges related to mental health, substance use and serve mental illness.


Cortney Lovell: Director of Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. 

Alyssa Starrantino, LCSW-R, Psychiatry: Supervisor of The Living Room program, located within Ellis Mental Health Services in Schenectady, New York.

Lyne Adams: Certified Peer Specialist at The Living Room program since October 2023.

Tuesday March 26th: 1:00 PM CST

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Join Laysha Ostrow, PhD as she discusses some of the results from the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Career Outcomes Study, a 3-year effort to document the career outcomes of CPS. Dr. Ostrow will present some of the findings around wages and financial wellbeing, workplace burnout, and entrepreneurship. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned and suggestions for future research and policy changes to support the peer workforce.

Presented By: Laysha Ostrow 

Are you looking for intensive training on critical issues in the Black community relevant to treatment and recovery? Register for the fourth annual Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit!

This exciting two-day virtual summit will take place this Thursday, February 8, and Friday, February 9, 2024. The summit is free for all to attend, but non-members must pay to receive CEs. NAADAC members can earn these CEs for free. (Join NAADAC now!)

Register now and take part in all of the sessions below! Earn up to 8 CEs!


Wednesday, February 21st” 1:00 PM CST

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Finding a place to work where you feel a sense of belonging is essential for most people, including peer workers who may have a history of facing discrimination and exclusion throughout their journey. What happens once you find that place? You connect with other individuals that may or may not have a recovery story. It’s the interpersonal communication with each other that can lead to a healthy and productive environment. This training is designed to share practical strategies and perspectives to support a Peer Specialist to establish healthy boundaries, strengthen their soft skills, and identify proactive ways to engage with co-workers who don’t identify as people in recovery, as well as interact with peer staff that have different perspectives and opinions than oneself.

Presenter: Juan Vélez Court

Moderator: Shira Collings