Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Promising Tool to Enhance Crisis Care & Recovery

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About the Event: 

Dr. Marvin Swartz engaged participants in understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) as a promising crisis and recovery tool. He discussed the legal origins of PADs and how they evolved for use in mental health settings. He also discussed the implementation challenges in getting PADS into routine practice. 

Key Learning Objectives: 

1. List the potential benefits of Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs). 

2. Summarize the origins and rational for Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs). 

3. Discuss approaches for overcoming barriers to implementation of Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs). 



A new SAMHSA app provides an easy, step-by-step process for individuals to create and share a psychiatric advance directive (PAD). Learn more.


About the Presenter: 

SwartzMarvin Swartz, MD, is a Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. His major research interest is in examining the effectiveness of services for severely mentally ill individuals, including factors that improve or impede good outcomes. His current research includes: the effectiveness of involuntary outpatient commitment, psychiatric advance directives, criminal justice outcomes for persons with mental illnesses, violence and mental illness, and anti-psychotic medications. Dr. Swartz served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment examining the role legal tools such as psychiatric advance directives may play in improving outcomes for persons with severe mental illness. 



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