Info Meeting: Advanced Directives for Mental Health Care


February 12th, 2018, 6-7:30 pm


313 Camino Alire, #307, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Why do you need to know about Advanced Directives? 

An advance directive is a written document that expresses a persons’ wishes about what types of treatments, services and other assistance he/she wants during a personal mental health crisis. A directive provides a clear statement of medical treatment preferences and other wishes or instructions. It can also be used to give legal decision-making authority to another person until a crisis is over.

Dr. Altschul’s talk will discuss this topic in-depth, including the benefits of having an advance directive and how families can help ensure respect for and enforcement of advance directives.

Those seeking more information on this presentation should contact Tom Starke, 505 412 0860 or

Note: All of our information meetings are open to the general public and  FREE of charge.

Dr. Altschul Bio

Dr. Altschul is a psychologist who is an associate professor and Director of UNM’s Division of Community Behavioral Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her work is largely focused on examining the connection between behavioral health disparities, cultural competency, consumer outcomes, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Altschul works closely with the state’s children and adult behavioral health authorities helping to develop sustainable, culturally competent behavioral health systems. She is currently working with the State and two tribal communities on their implementation and evaluation of several SAMHSA grant initiatives.

Prior to working in New Mexico, Dr. Altschul worked at the University of Hawai‘i where she was the lead for the Consumer Assessment Team, aimed at involving individuals with serious mental illnesses in study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report writing; and utilized advanced directives in this initiative.