National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


NARPA 2013 Conference Schedule

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Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Thursday 9/26
12:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Registration    10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.                                                

12:30 - 12:45 pm

Welcome / Opening Remarks:  John Jones              

12:45 – 1:15

 It's Our Story -- Scott Cooper

1:15 - 2:30

Keynote:  Ira Burnim
Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Violence and Psychiatric Disabilities:
Responding to Fear and Stereotypes that Drive National Policy

2:30 – 2:45


2:45 – 4:00

The End of Guardianship?: Supported Decisionmaking as an Alternative
Bob Fleischner, J.D.

Forty Years Later:  My Evolving Beliefs

Ron Bassman, Ph.D.

Beyond the Medical Model

Sera Davidow

NARPA 101 
Bill Stewart, George Badillo, & Tom Behrendt

4:00 – 4:15


4:15 – 5:30

Organizing/Advocating in Response to a Tragedy

Deron Drumm, Greg Benson

The New York Adult Home Settlement: New Opportunities and Challenges
Cliff Zucker, J.D. & Jennifer Mathis, J.D.

Hearing Voices: A Different Conversation

Lisa Forestell, Oryx Cohen, Marty Hadge


Constitutional Implications of Involuntary Medication Orders
for those with Capacity to Give Informed Consent but Allegedly Dangerous

Kirk W. Lowry, J.D.

5:30 – 7:00

Dinner on your own                     

7:00 – 9:00

Reception and Keynote: Daniel Mackler

Coming Off Psych Drugs


Friday 9/27
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 9:45 am

Keynote: Jim Gottstein, J.D.

The Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change

9:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:30

Commitment and Dangerousness in the Wake of Sandy Hook: A Vermont Case Study

Jack McCullough

Graduate Students' Experiences of Advocating for Humane Treatment in a Biomedical Education System

Noel Hunter, M.A., Kateri Berasi, M.A., Ed.M., Debra Japko, M.A., Karolina Pekala, M.A., & Melissa Schroeder, M.A.

Using Social Media To Organize For Rights in Mental Health Treatment

Jim Gotttstein, J.D. & Anupa Iyer, J.D.

Mental Health on College Campuses

Julia Graff, J.D.

11:30 – 1:00

Lunch, Keynote:  Judge Kristin Booth Glen

Changing Paradigms:  From Guardianship to Supported Decisionmaking

1:00 – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 2:30

State Efforts to Restrict Therapies Aimed at Changing Sexual Orientation
Jan C. Costello, J.D.

Section 504 as a Mechanism to Seek Redress for Wrongful Civil Commitment

Bill Brooks, J.D.

Bringing Trauma-Informed Practices to Peer Support

Darby Penney, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Holding Law Enforcement Accountable:
Disability, Excessive Force and the Law

Ed Paquin, Robert Appel, J.D. and David McGuire, J.D.

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 4:00

Mental Disability Litigation in Central and Eastern Europe

Lycette Nelson

Becoming a Video Advocate
Daniel Mackler and Sera Davidow

Liberating Persons with Disabilities from Segregated Sheltered Workshops
Steve Schwartz, J.D., Bettina Toner, J.D., and Cathy Costanzo, J.D.

Fighting the School to Prison Pipeline: IDEA, 504, and the ADA, and School Discipline

Ellen Saideman, J.D.

4:00 – 4:15


4:15 – 5:30

Susan Stefan:

Significant Developments in Mental Health and Disability Law - 2013

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Dinner on your own

7:30 - 9:00 pm

James B. (Jim) Gottstein, J.D.

Breaking News:

7th Circuit Rules that Prescribing Off-Label Psychiatric Drugs to Children is Medicaid Fraud







Saturday 9/28
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 9:45

Why We Talk About Suicide

Sarah Mouser, Sean Donovan, Caroline White

The Twilight of Liberty: Fear, Retribution, and Fundamental Unfairness in Mental Health Proceedings - Dennis Feld, J.D. and Arthur Baer, J.D.

LGBTQ Issues in Mental Health:
Civil and Human Rights, Cultural Humility and Trauma Sensitivity

Delphine Brody


9:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:30

The Power of Story in the 21st Century:

Looking Back, Living Forward

Scott Cooper, Rhianon E. Gutierrez, Chris Palamas

Shared Power for Social Change

Ann Rider, M.S.W. Molly Cisco, Heather McDonald & Darby Penney, M.L.S.

Suicide and “Risk Assessment” in the Emergency Room: Bridging the Gap Between Policymakers, Researchers, and Suicide Attempt Survivors to Explore What Helps and What Doesn’t

Laura Delano & Susan Stefan, J.D.

The Definition of Chemical Restraint - Clinical & Legal Controversies
Kevin Ann Huckshorn, R.N., M.S.W. & Mark Joyce, J.D.

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 am -1:00 pm

Lunch & Keynote: Sera Davidow, Advocate, Activist, and Film Maker     

The Virtues of Non-Compliance    

  1:00- 1:15

                    Closing Remarks/Adjournment:  John Jones                            

For additional information, email NARPA at narpa @ or by call 256-650-6311.                                                                                                                    

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315 Trumbull Street