Join the Clearinghouse for a webinar on Dec 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: Why and How to Use this Vital Recovery Tool

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The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is sponsoring a 90-minutewebinar on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET1 p.m. CTnoon MT11 a.m. PT

PADs are a legal health care tool that outlines the preferences of an individual with a mental health condition in regard to treatment, and designates a trusted advocate to make decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated. This webinar will help individuals with a mental health condition, family members, and mental health providers to understand and utilize this important recovery tool. 

The webinar will feature presentations by Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, and Adam Nester, public policy manager at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Topics that will be covered include how to complete a PAD for yourself or with a family member or service participant, and providing greater clarity to individuals with mental health conditions and trusted advocates (often family members) as to their roles in advance mental health care planning.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Training Curricula 

On this page we've made our training materials available for download. Trainings are an important way to develop skills and to confidently provide your community with informed, empowering services and opportunities. Clearinghouse staff can arrange and assist with trainings in your community on topics such as self-advocacy, working with the media and many others.


Over the years the Clearinghouse has collected thousands of resources in our library, which we use in providing information and technical assistance. In the resources section you'll find downloads, links and references to many of these publications and organizations, which you can use to research mental health and consumer/survivor issues.


The Clearinghouse has always provided our constituents with newsletters, toolkits and other forms of information to keep them up to date on important issues. The Key Update, our monthly e-newsletter, provides timely news and notes on important mental health issues. Our periodical bulletin, the Key Assistance Report, offers more in-depth analysis on selected topics that can be used as resource guides or training material. On this page you'll find downloadable versions of these publications, along with all of the issues of a previous Clearinghouse publication, the Key, and an archive of our previous website.

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Clearinghouse Technical Assistance Guides are designed to meet the needs of individual peers and peer-run businesses and services. Each of our in-depth guides contains detailed and useful information and is based on extensive research. They can be used as general topic introductions, or followed as step-by-step guides to advocacy and program creation.

CDS Directory 

The Clearinghouse's Directory of Consumer-Driven Services, which is continuously being updated, provides peers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local peer-driven programs. Such programs have a proven track record in helping individuals recover from mental health conditions.

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