NARPA's 2016 Annual Conference

Rights Under Siege: Fighting Back

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Phoenix, AZ
August 25 - August 28, 2016

NARPA's 2016 Annual Conference

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Phoenix, AZ

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


NARPA 2016 Conference Schedule:

 Move mouse pointer over workshop titles and presenter names and click to follow links to additional information - including course materials.

  Handouts available


Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Thursday 8/25

6 - 8 pm

Registration 5 - 7 pm - Reception Area

Reception & Opening Session - 6-8 pm.


Friday 8/26

7:30 - 4 pm

Registration Table Open

7:30 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:45 am


Caroline White:

Creating Pockets of Resistance: Supportive Communities outside the Values of the Medical Model

9:45 - 10 am


10 - 11:30 am

Cooptation of Survivor Knowledge: Dangers of Substituted Values and Voice:Darby Penney

NARPA 101: Bill Stewart Ann Rider

Litigation as a Tool for Systemic Reform of Mental Health Systems: Anne C. Ronan, J.D.

Recent Changes to the Medicaid IMD Rule:  What You Need to Know: Bethany Lilly, J.D.

11:30 am-1:15 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Eve Hill, J.D.

Seeking Justice: Civil Rights Division Work to Reform the Criminal Justice System for People with Disabilities

1:15 - 2:45 pm

Mental Health and the Muslim Community : Lisa St. George, MSW, CPRP & Aneesah Nadir, MSW, PhD

How to Review Investigations,

Part 1Aaryce Hayes

Legal Theories for Resisting Incarceration of People Diagnosed with Disabilities Due to Their Diagnoses: Peter Cubra, J.D.


2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:30 pm

Intro to Intentional Peer Support: Eva Dech, Darby Penney, M.L.S.


How to review investigations,

Part 2 : Aaryce Hayes

Let us Not Talk Falsely Now, The Hour is Getting Late: Contrived Diagnoses, Preventive Detention, and Lawlessness

Developing Strategies to Defend the Most Despised; Confronting Institutional Abdication and Indifference to Injustice on Behalf of Sex Offenders Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.

Murphy Bill Update : Jennifer Mathis, J.D., Bethany Lilly, J.D.


Dinner on your own

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Board meeting


Saturday 8/27
7:30 am - 8:30 am



Registration Table Open

8:30 - 9:45 am


Peter Lehmann: Responding to the Catastrophic Reduction of Psychiatric Patients’ Life Expectancy


9:45 - 10 am


10 - 11:30 am

Chemical Brain Injury and the Coming Epidemic of Drug Induced Dementia:
How Psychiatric Drugs Harm the Target Organ of Neuropsychiatry and What to Do About It
- Grace Jackson, M.D.

Alternatives to Suicide : Caroline White

You Have Rights: Service Animals and Disability Rights Laws: Asim Dietrich, J.D.

Litigating to Address Unwarranted Psychiatric Drugging of Poor Children : Jim Gottstein, J.D.

11:30 am -1:15 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Mort Cohen, J.D.:

Dissing the Vulnerable "Friendless"

1:15 -2:45 pm

Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs: Discussing the Open Questions : Peter Lehmann    

Stopping Crisis before it Starts: The Hope’s Door Toolkit : Gaye Tolman, Ann Rider  ◊

Alternatives to Guardianship : Robert Dinerstein, J.D.

Voting Rights of People with Psychiatric Disabilities:  What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Election : Maya Abela, J.D. and [Jennifer Mathis, J.D.](/bios/mathis)

2:45-3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:30 pm

Significant Developments in Mental Health Law - 2016

Robert Dinerstein, J.D.

Professor of Law and Director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University's Washington College of Law

Annual keynote by legal scholar presenting updates and interpretation

of the most recent legal cases affecting disability rights and mental health law.

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Annual Meeting - all are welcome


Dinner on your own








Sunday 8/28
8 am - 12:30 pm

    Registration Table Open            

7:30 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:45 am

Keynote: Robert Whitaker: Psychiatry Under the Influence:

Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform


9:45 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:30 am

Psychotropic Drug Experiences Collectively Challenge Standard Mental Health Practices - Shannon Hughes, Ph.D.     ◊

Saving America: How Can Psychiatry Be Stripped of Its Power Over Our Lives?   Robert Whitaker

11:30 am -Noon

Closing Remarks/Adjournment:  Bill Stewart, President


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

Social Work CEUs and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available.

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


Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 North 16th St., Phoenix, AZ  85020

When making reservations use the reservation code PRC

or ask for the NARPA rate of $99 for a single or double room.      

Reservations must be made by August 5, 2016 to ensure you receive the conference rate.