Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit persons with mental illnesses to declare their preferences, instructions and consent for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. Twenty-seven states have enacted statutes supporting these directives since the 1990's and implementation of these laws is a federal requirement for mental health facilities and clinics receiving federal funding. Despite this, education about PADs and resources to assist with implementation have been scarce. This presenation will introduce the concept of PADs, present information on their potential use and resources to aid in implementation.
*Offered in collaboration with the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- List the potential benefits of Psychiatric Advance Directives.
- Summarize the origins and rationale for Psychiatric Advance Directives.
- Discuss approaches to overcome barriers to implementation of Psychiatric Advance Directives.
Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support
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Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: June 28, 2019
Program End Date: June 28, 2020
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, ANCC contact hours, CE credit or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CNE certificate (nursing), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Marvin Swartz, MD, is professor and head, division of social and community psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine and co-director of the Services Effectiveness Research Program. Dr. Swartz is co-developing a web-based facilitation tool for completing psychiatric advance directives. Dr. Swartz reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW is the director of mental health and project coordinator for the Crisis Navigation Project at Southern Regional AHEC. Ms. Smith's clinical practice focused on persons living with psychotic disorders and included psychotherapy, family therapy, and clinical case management. Ms. Smith reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Amy N. Cohen, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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