September 18 – 21, 2019

    Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area — East Hartford, CT

    Visit for registration form and updates.


    NEW — Pre-Conference Institute for PAIMI Councils – Register Now!  (PDF)   (DOC).

    Conference Keynoters

    Bonnie Scarth

    New Zealand Survivor, Researcher & Fulbright Scholar, Suicide Prevention/Postvention Coordinator for Southern Region New Zealand

    Cathy Cave

    Senior Training Consultant, The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health & Co-Founder Inspired Visions LLC

    Gabe Kaimowitz

    Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, Litigated Landmark Cases Ending Psychosurgery & Establishing Rights for the Alleged Mentally Ill

    Mary Vieten, Ph.D.

    Psychologist and Executive Director, Warfighter ADVANCE

    Laurel Spahn, J.D.

    Attorney with the Legal Advocacy Service of the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

    Robert Dinerstein, J.D.

    American University Washington College of Law, Professor of Law

    Recent Developments in Mental Health Law – 2019

    Annual plenary with updates on recent cases affecting disability rights/mental health law.

    And many more workshops by nationally known advocates and attorneys!

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


    Pre-Conference Institute for PAIMI Council Members:

    PAIMI Councils as Leaders for Systemic Reform

    3:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Every Protection and Advocacy Agency (P&A) across the nation is required by federal statute to have a PAIMI Advisory Council, called the PAC. The PAC should be advising the P&A on PAIMI priorities and should be involved in mental health system public policy reform activities.

    The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has joined with NARPA this year to support this pre-conference institute to welcome PAC members to the world of NARPA, to bring PAIMI Council members together to network, to discuss possibilities for the work of state PACs, to share ideas about systemic advocacy, and to strategize about national connections. No fee.

    REGISTER NOW!     (PDF)   (DOC)         

    Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

    100 E. River Drive, East Hartford, CT 06108

    For Reservations call 877-834-3613.  Local hotel number is 860-528-9703.

    Ask for the “NARPA Group Room Block.” Rates are $109 for single/double room.

    Based on availability, hotel will extend group rates two days before and two days after conference dates.

    Reservations must be made by August 21, 2019 to receive the conference rate.

    Within a ten-minute walk or short shuttle ride of downtown, the hotel is well situated near the city’s attractions. Walkers have access to a dedicated footpath. The Holiday Inn operates a complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius of the hotel which reaches downtown attractions and restaurants. Hartford is home to beautiful parks, a choice of unique museums, attractions, performing arts, and restaurants. The downtown area offers a wide range of diverse restaurants from Italian, Greek, Thai, and seafood, and many others. Also minutes away are the Connecticut State Capitol, historic homes, Mark Twain’s House and Museum, the Connecticut Science Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, one of the oldest museums in the nation, Infinity Music Hall, the city’s premier music venue, the Bushnell Performing Arts CenterHartford Stage, and TheaterWorks Hartford.

    For transportation to and from the airport or the train station, taxis and an airport

    shuttle are available. You may also use Uber or Lyft.