Competency Services

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”

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Webinar Title: “Competency Services”

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 - C-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.  

If you dial in, please ensure that your computer speakers are turned off so that there is no audio feedback. 

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.  

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator help to get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help.  

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or at 703-682-5187.