Mental Health Crisis Planning: How to Develop a Proactive Strategy

Spring AD Webinar Spring 2024 Website

Aired  March 27, 2024

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Caregivers often find themselves hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst. When your loved one is facing a mental health crisis, they may not be able to communicate their preferences for care. For caregivers to be effective, they need to have the right resources and support. This is when having a crisis plan – which may include a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) – becomes crucial.

In this webinar, you will hear firsthand experiences of people with mental health challenges who used a Psychiatric Advance Directive to support their journey in recovery.

You will learn about the key components of a crisis plan and practical strategies for caregiver involvement in the crisis planning process. 

This program is supported by

Takeda Lundbeck Alliance

Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program

Corporate Members

Sage Therapeutics and Biogen




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Amey Dettmer, Certified Peer Support Specialist

Amey Dettmer is the Program Manager of the SAMHSA-funded Doors to Wellbeing National Technical Assistance Center for Mental Health Recovery at the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. Amey has lived experience in youth-serving systems, as she was institutionalized in a Youth Residential Treatment and Diagnostic Center as a teenager. Turning her experiences into meaning, she graduated from Peer Specialist Certification Training in Pennsylvania when she was 21 years old. Since certification, Amey has worked as a Certified Peer Support Specialist in community-based settings, residential settings, and as a peer support supervisor. In 2016, she started working with the Copeland Center providing peer support and wellness recovery education nationally. Amey’s work now focuses specifically on peer specialists, youth leadership development, peer-led recovery education, and Psychiatric Advance Directives. In December 2018, her devoted efforts resulted in recognition by the National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S.) as she received the “Disruptive Innovator Award” highlighting her work in youth peer leadership and honoring her as a young adult who has made a significant transformative contribution to the field of Peer Support through leadership, programming, and activism. When Amey is not busy pursuing her passion for peer support and elevating youth voice, she enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, and with her pets and children.

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Matthew Federici, MS

Matthew R. Federici, MS is Chief Executive Officer of the Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery. Matthew came to the Copeland Center in 2010 from the Institute for Recovery & Community Integration where he served as Program Director to create systems transformation through the implementation of a certified peer specialist training program across Pennsylvania. Matthew is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and consultant on recovery, wellness, community inclusion and peer support. In 2015, he was awarded by San Diego County, the National “This Person” award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the hope and wellness of people in recovery. Matthew has provided keynote presentations, training programs, and webinars on recovery, community inclusion, and peer support in over 45 different states in the US as well as in Japan, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Matthew is an Advance Level Facilitator through the Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery. Matthew’s personal and professional journey in wellness and recovery includes involvement as a family member and a mental health consumer advocate for over 20 years. He has also been involved in promoting Psychiatric Advance Directives through local, state, and national consumer and provider conferences and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. He received his BA from Alvernia University in Psychology and Communications and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University. He was awarded Distinguished Advocate Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services in 2002 and the Exemplary Practice Award in 2007 from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA Board of Directors.

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Kaely Whittington, AA

As the CPRS Training Coordinator, Kaely Whittington (she/her) coordinates multiple grant-funded projects, provides technical assistance for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist-focused initiatives, and presents training based on identified needs and emerging trends. She holds an A.A. in general studies from Wor-Wic Community College. Before joining On Our Own of Maryland, Kaely served as a family peer support specialist for the Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis Team. She has also spoken about her lived experience through a national panel with SAMHSA and MHAMD’s Youth Voice Video Project. Kaely is passionate about using her lived mental health experience to advocate for others, empower her peers and promote autonomy. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to electronic music, cooking, and spending time by the water.

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Susan Weinstein, JD, Moderator

Susan Weinstein, JD, Co-Executive Director, has been primarily responsible for programs and finances at Families for Depression Awareness since 2012. Susan was diagnosed with depression in her teens and has drawn from her personal experiences to inform FFDA’s curriculum. She has worked in nonprofits and local government throughout her career, generally in a non-legal capacity. She holds several volunteer positions, including serving on the Executive Committee and as Governance Committee Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and holding a variety of elected and appointed seats in her town government since 1992. A native of South Florida, Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University School of Law.