Saturday, March 8, 2008

Information Alert on Psychiatric Advance Directives

Psychiatric Advance Directives

If you are concerned that you may be subject to involuntary psychiatric commitment or treatment at some future time, you can prepare a legal document in advance to express your choices about treatment. The document is called an advance directive for mental health decision making.

The National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
), a collaboration between the Bazelon Center and The Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
, has
announced new resources for consumers, family members, clinicians and
policymakers-a blog and a conference for social workers.

  • A live webcast, titled Psychiatric Advance Directives: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know, is scheduled for 1:00 p, EST on Monday, March 24, 2008. The webcast will be hosted by Richard A. Van Dorn, Ph.D.,
    MSW, Assistant Professor, Florida International University, College of
    Social Work, Justice, and Public Affairs. For details click on

The NRC-PAD is a central gathering place for stakeholders to learn about
psychiatric advance directives (PADs) and how to complete these legal
documents. The NRC-PAD aims to assist in implementing of laws that support
patient self-determination and high quality mental health care. It offers
timely information about PADs, including: