Register Today for a SAMHSA Webinar on Mental Health Crisis Settings

May 16, 2019

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 

What Will it Cover? 

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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Our Expert Presenter 

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.

How to Log-In

When in the seminar room, the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room."  For attendees, this is a “listen only” webinar.  Should they need to dial in, the instructions are on the note pad in the seminar room.  
If you dial in, please ensure that your computer speakers are turned off so that there is no audio feedback. 

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.  

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

Can't Make It?

You can watch the webinar on your own time here

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] via email or at 703-682-5187.

We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request.  

Closed-captioning is available for this webinar. 


NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).