VOPA (Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy)
Dana Traynham Esq., a VOPA staff attorney, has been working consumers to develop advance directives for mental health care on a case by case basis for some time. Dana has written her own power of attorney and advance directive forms which she uses with her clients. Dana also tracks legislation related to advance directives and engages in related advocacy. My general understanding however is that demand for VOPA services far outstrips available resources.
Dana Traynham: 434-971-6733
- VOPA advance directive and power of attorney forms can be found on the right side of this page.
Peer-to-Peer program includes many aspects of advance directive
creation. In addition to numerous local peer-to-peer programs, there
are two peer-to-peer mentor (facilitator) trainings in 2010. NAMI
Peer-to-Peer mentors may provide a pool for advance directive
facilitator training in other projects. Participants in Peer-to-Peer
create a relapse prevention plan to help identify tell-tale feelings,
thoughts, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse and
to organization for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus
and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and
the general public. In addition, the program has a focus on advance
directives: what they are, why they are important, and what good they
can do for a person who has experienced psychiatric crisis. The class
facilitators spend time during at least two of the classes addressing
the value of advance directives, facilitating discussion about how to
thoughtfully identify a health care agent, and many other decisions a
person should think about when completing an advance directive.
Participants receive an advance directive template to fill out,
customize, and integrate into their wellness planning. NAMI will be
changing the structure of their peer-to-peer program during the coming
months which may change the role of advance directives in this program.
Mira Signer (NAMI VA Executive Director) oversees all advance directive activity at NAMI VA. Sarah Eisenman is program coordinator for NAMI peer-to-peer and handles activity at an operational level. Elyse Hunt and Chris Cox were the two consumers on the panel at the DBHDS Richmond Advance Directive training.
Mira Signer: 804-285-8264 ext 200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Eisenman: 804-285-8264 x 203 email@example.com
Elyse Hunt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Cox: 757-224-3104 email@example.com
Anna Mendez manages VOCAL's WRAP facilitator training program (REACH) and is interested in integrating advance directives into WRAP classes as a natural next step in the Crisis Planning that is already part of WRAP . VOCAL closely observes advance directive activity (legislative and otherwise) and strives to provide a consumer perspective on this activity. Bonnie Neighbour is VOCAL's chief legislative advocate in this regard. VOCAL has suggested that WRAP facilitators would provide a great way of identifying CSB advance directive facilitators in Dr. Bonnie's study. The Virginia Peer Support Coalition would seem to have similar advantages (http://vpsc.groupsite.com). Because great lengths have already been taken to identify consumers (including those in CSBs) with a desire to participate in advocacy it seems likely that potential facilitators would already have made contact with one of our organizations.
Anna Mendez: (540) 908-6392 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Neighbour: (804) 343-1777 email@example.com
The UVA-Duke Study
Dr. Bonnie is conducting an in-depth study of the implementation of the new advanced directive law in Virginia funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law. The study will involve (1) a web-based survey of stakeholder groups, (2) training of facilitators/mentors in a few select sites, (3) completion of advance directives at these sites (4) follow up interviews etc. to determine effectiveness of advance directives. Because the funds for the study must be spent during 2010, longer-term effects cannot be measured in this study. The research team is interested assuring that standardized advance direct forms are used in the study, and it will use those recently developed by the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association using a ‘tiered' strategy combining a standalone basic form with a more in depth advanced form.
"Between seven and 10 researchers from the two universities (UVa & VATech) will work on the study. The group includes psychologists, economists and epidemiologists. Dr. Bonnie said the researchers are looking into additional funding to keep the study going past 2010." (Tasha Kates, The Daily Progress)
Dr. Richard Bonnie: 434-924-3209 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Article about Dr. Bonnie's study in the RTD (originally Daily Progress):
- UVA article about Dr. Bonnie's research following a conference
- Publicly available PowerPoint from a presentation on advance directives by Dr. Bonnie
DBHDS & VACSB
Trainings: DBHDS (co-sponsored by VACSB) held an advance directive training in Richmond 11/05/09. This training was recorded on video which will be distributed in DVD form by the department ($10 per DVD). MHAV has agreed to host this video online in streaming form.
Mary Clair O'Hara handled logistics: email@example.com
- All of the PowerPoint presentations from the Richmond training can be found at the following address:
- A very brief outline of Virginia advance directive resources:
- Bill tracking for Virginia advance directive code including revision tracking and links to related legal code:
- VACSB Guide to Consent & Substitute Decision Making (old, 2006)
- Piedmont CSB "Surrogate Decision Making, a Help Guide"
COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH LAW REFORM
The Commission developed the new advance directive provisions of the Health Care Decisions Act. For the background and the Report of the Task Force of Empowerment and Self-Determination and the Report of the Task Force on Advance Directives, see:
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