National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


September 26 – 28, 2013

The Hilton Hartford                                           Register Here:   (PDF)   (DOC)
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut                                                    Full Schedule (click here

List of Confirmed Presentations:

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Keynote / Plenary Presentations: 

Ira Burnim, J.D., Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Violence and Psychiatric Disabilities: Responding to Fear
and Stereotypes that Drive National Policy

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
Changing Paradigms:  From Guardianship to Supported Decisionmaking

Daniel Mackler, Former Psychotherapist and Film Maker/Director
Presenting his new film,
Coming Off Psych Drugs

Susan Stefan, J.D., Legal Educator and Nationally Known Advocate
Recent Developments in Mental Health and Disability Law – 2013

Sera Davidow, Advocate, Activist and Film Maker
The Virtues of Non-Compliance

Jim Gottstein, J.D., Director, Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change


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

Jack McCullough

Bringing Trauma-Informed Practices to Peer Support
Darby Penney, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

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

Kirk W. Lowry, J.D.

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

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

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

Hearing Voices: A Different Conversation

Lisa Forestell, Oryx Cohen, Marty Hadge

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 and Susan Stefan, J.D.


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


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

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

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., and Melissa Schroeder, M.A.

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

Ellen Saideman, J.D.

Shared Power for Social Change
Ann Rider, Heather McDonald, Molly Cisco & Darby Penney

Using Social Media To Organize For Rights in Mental Health Treatment
Jim Gottstein, J.D., Anupa Iyer, J.D.


Beyond the Medical Model

Sera Davidow

Liberating Persons with Disabilities from Segregated Sheltered Workshops

Steve Schwartz, J.D., Bettina Toner, J.D., and Cathy Costanzo, J.D.


Mental Health on College Campuses

Julia Graff, J.D.


Mental Disability Litigation in Central and Eastern Europe

Lycette Nelson


Forty Years Later:  My Evolving Beliefs

Ron Bassman, Ph.D.

Organizing/Advocating in Response to a Tragedy

Deron Drumm, Greg Benson


Breaking News:

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

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

The Power of Story in the 21st Century: Looking Back, Living Forward
Scott Cooper, Rhianon E. Gutierrez, Chris Palamas

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

Why We Talk About Suicide

Sarah Mouser, Sean Donovan, Caroline White


Section 504 as a Mechanism to Seek Redress for Wrongful Civil Commitment
Bill Brooks, J.D.


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

Delphine Brody

Becoming a Video Advocate
Daniel Mackler and Sera Davidow

Advocate/attorney workshop presenters emphasizing NARPA’s mission for advocacy and civil rights include:  

Jennifer Mathis, Steve Schwartz, Ron Bassman, Cathy Costanzo, Deron Drumm, Laura Delano, Oryx Cohen, Bob Fleischner, Mark Joyce, Kirk Lowry, Ann Rider, Dennis Feld, Heather McDonald, Ellen Saideman, Bill Stewart, Kevin Ann Huckshorn, Bill Brooks, Darby Penney, Arthur Baer, Ed Paquin, Julia Graff, Lisa Forestell, Marty Hadge, Tom Behrendt, Molly Cisco, Jack McCullough, Marty Hadge, Noel Hunter, Kateri Berasi, Debra Japko, Karolina Pekala, Melissa Schroeder, Anupa Iyer, Cliff Zucker, Bettina Toner, Rob Appel, Sara Mouser, Delphine Brody, David McGuire, Scott Cooper, Rhianon E. Gutierrez, Chris Palamas, and more.

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Note: Presentations, presenters, and scheduled times are subject to change.

Continuing Legal Education units (CLEs) are planned.

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NARPA 2013 at the Hilton Hartford
September 26-28, 2013

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