USC Gould’s Saks Institute Spring Symposium 2021 Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Importance of Choice

USC Gould’s Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics supported by California’s Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission

presents Spring Symposium 2021: Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Importance of Choice

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST – 2:00 PM PST

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Join Peers, Consumer Advocates, Mental Health Lawyers and Professionals for a discussion about autonomy and choice for people living with serious mental illness. This virtual symposium will focus on understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives as a form of Supported Decision-Making – and the State of California’s MHSA multi-county Innovations PADs Project.

Conference Schedule

MAY 5, 2021
Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Importance of Choice

10am – 10:30 pm Welcome
Andrew T. Guzman
Dean Carl Mason Franklin Chair in LawToby Ewing Executive Director, Mental Health Service Oversight and Accountability Commission
Opening Video
10:35-10:50 am Peer Perspective: Why Choice is Important in Supports and Services
Elyn Saks
Saks Institute Founder and Faculty DirectorTristan Scremin
Community Liaison, Painted Brain

Rayshell Chambers
Co-founder & COO, Painted Brain

11:00 – 11:25 am Supported Decision Making and the Value of Self-Determination
Jonathan Martinis
Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Overview of Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs)
Laurie Hallmark
Special Project Director, Mental Health Programs, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

15 minute break to grab lunch

12:15 – 12:30 pm Overview of PADs Nationally
Marvin Swartz
Professor and Head, Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine
12:35 – 12:50pm CA PAD Innovation Project
Kiran Sahota
President of Concepts Forward Consulting and Program Manager for California’s multi-county PAD Innovation project
1:00 – 1:30 pm Peer Reflection on the Day’s Proceedings
Claudia Vargas
Mental Health Peer Specialist, TRLA PAD ProjectPaul Eisenhauer
Peer Specialist/Advocate/Voice Hearer, TRLA PAD Project

Rayshell Chambers

Tristan Scremin

Moderator: Peter Blanck
University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University