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A SAMHSA sponsored webinar, “Psychiatric Advance Directives: Supporting Voice and Choice in Mental Health Crisis Settings" will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST
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Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are legal tools that give people living with mental illness voice and choice in crisis situations. There are laws that support their use in 27 states, and in all states psychiatric advance directives can be created under general advance care planning statutes. They have been shown to reduce the need for involuntary commitment, and to improve communication between people with mental illness, medical providers, and social support networks. However, they are not widely used. This webinar will highlight the work of the Crisis Navigation Project in North Carolina, a collaborative effort between Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Duke University Medical Center, and NAMI North Carolina to promote the use of PADs through a variety of educational and community engagement initiatives
During this webinar, participants will learn about the project and how it has helped individuals in North Carolina.
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Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW
Bebe Smith is director of mental health and coordinator of the NC Evidence Based Practices Center. She is also project coordinator for the Crisis Navigation Project, a collaboration between SR-AHEC, Duke University Medical Center, and NAMI-NC to promote the use of psychiatric advance directives. Prior to joining SR-AHEC, she worked for 21 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Social Work. She has taught mental health professionals from multiple disciplines in clinical and academic settings. Her clinical practice included psychotherapy, family therapy, clinical case management and team-based models of care. Using a life course perspective, she has focused on providing evidence-based treatment and services to persons who live with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. She helped develop OASIS, the first early psychosis program in North Carolina, at UNC in 2005, and was a founder of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health in 2008. She also led a pilot of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) from 2012-2015. CTI was adopted for statewide expansion in 2014. She is a trainer in Family Psychoeducation and Critical Time Intervention. She was the NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year in 2012, and won the Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service in 2015.
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