Psychiatric Advance Directives to Promote Community Living

Psychiatric Advance Directives to Promote Community Living

Category: Trainings, Webinars

Posted on June 12th, 2024

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