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Competency Services
Monday 27 March 2017, 02:00pm - 05:00pm

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Time: 2:00pm Eastern Time

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by National Disability Rights Network will take place Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern Time called “Competency Services”

Webinar Link:

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A number of Protection and Advocacy agencies have encountered problems with competency determination systems that leave a person with a psychiatric disability trapped and forgotten. For example, the state leaves individuals in jail for long periods of time with no medicine or treatment while awaiting a competency determination rather than transferring them to a more appropriate treatment setting. Many people could avoid the criminal justice system entirely with the provision of community based services, at this point in the process, while ensuring public safety. This webinar would focus on the issue of diversion and access to competency determination services. The webinar would include information on what is the current state of the law on this topic, how people can ask the right questions to figure out problem areas in the competency determination system, and work together to address these problems in their state or territory.


  • Ron Lospennato - -Director of Legal Services at the Advocacy Center in Louisiana
  • Erin Sullivan - Staff Attorney at the Disability Law Center in Utah
  • Emily Cooper - Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Washington
  • Diane Smith Howard – Senior Staff Attorney, National Disability Rights Network

When in the seminar room, the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room."  For attendees, this is a “listen only” webinar.  Should they need to dial in, the instructions are on the note pad in the seminar room.

NDRN is part of a collaborative group funded by SAMHSA that produces these webinars


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