A special 3-part virtual program from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in conjunction with NAMI Massachusetts!
NAMI Massachusetts is pleased to partner with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) on this special 3-part virtual program aimed at elder and special needs lawyers!
Day 1: Mental Health Hospitalizations and the role of a Guardian or Health Care Agent in Decision Making
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The Acting Commissioner at the Department of Mental Health will provide an update on the services and supports available which enable individuals receiving treatment to recover and thrive in their communities. Our panel will discuss the different types of hospitalization for mental health or substance abuse and recent developments in the case law. They will also address the role of a Guardian or Health Care Agent in making treatment decisions for a person with mental illness.
Day 2: NAMI Mass: In Our Own Voice & First Responders
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
In this presentation, two presenters with lived experience of a mental health condition will talk openly about their experiences and how they have found pathways to hope and healing. The In Our Own Voice presentation aims to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about people living with mental health conditions. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about mental health, and challenge misconceptions.
In addition, we will learn about the NAMI Massachusetts Criminal Justice Diversion Project and the Sequential Intercept Model, as well as the training provided to police officers to assist them in identifying and properly intervening in a mental health crisis in order to prevent unnecessary arrests and detentions.
Day 3: NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline: Navigating the Storm
Wednesday, October 28
The mental health system is complicated. Finding the right services – for your client, your family member, or yourself – can feel like trying to weather a hurricane. The staff at the COMPASS Helpline can help you navigate the storm. In this presentation, you’ll hear about common challenges and scenarios you may face, and the resources and strategies that can address these. The speakers bring a wealth of information and resources to answer our most challenging questions regarding applying for services, learning how to be an effective self-advocate, and finding housing. Several fact patterns will be analyzed with a review of some of the common themes of the calls to the Helpline so that we know what to do when we get the panicked calls from potential clients.