Personal Insights: Unpacking the Power of Psychiatric Advance Directives

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Aired April 4, 2024

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Resolving the who, what, when, and how of treatment decisions during a mental health crisis can cause anxiety for caregivers and their loved ones. The person living with a mental health condition may worry about who will make decisions on their behalf, while the caregiver may wonder if decisions they need to make will reflect their loved one’s preferences and priorities. A written mental health crisis plan can alleviate anxiety and eliminate the guesswork for everyone involved. 

We feature firsthand accounts from individuals who have navigated a mental health crisis with and without a plan in place. Learn how psychiatric advance directives (PADs) can empower individuals and caregivers, giving them control over their treatment. 

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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Natalie Klaus-Rogers, BA, CSPS

Natalie Klaus-Rogers, BA, CSPS, was hired to work on a Peer run Warm Line in Cincinnati, Ohio over 15 + years ago. Today she continues her 15 + year journey in Peer Support at MHA in Delaware. She was a Peer Educator in the community for 6 years and is currently the Manager of Education for the Department of Corrections. Natalie spent both her junior years of high school and college studying abroad in Germany on scholarship. She earned a BA in German Studies from The University of Cincinnati. She is an Certified Supervisor of Peer Specialists, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and incoming member of the Delaware State Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Natalie resides in urban Wilmington with her husband and 2 small children. She loves to read and has one cat too many.

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Valerie Cordero, PhD, Moderator

Valerie Cordero, PhD, Co-Executive Director, joined the FFDA staff in 2010. Before assuming her role as Co-Executive Director primarily responsible for fundraising and marketing, she held positions in programs and development. Now based in FFDA’s Nashville office, Valerie utilizes her personal knowledge of how mood disorders affect families in dialogues with donors, partners, and the general public. Valerie has lent her voice to national discussions of mood disorders and been featured on major media outlets such as Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine’s vertical The Cut. She received her BA from Spelman College and earned her Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.