Monday
Jun302014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 11 - May 2014

News and Alerts

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Plans for the National Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Conference Gear Up!

If you are not already a member, please  join the Alternatives Conference Announcements Facebook page (click here) to make sure you get the most up-to-date information! If you are not on Facebook, contact Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org for more information. The national mental health conference to be hosted by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, from Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014, has a theme, created via a Survey Monkey process. (Thanks to all who participated!) The theme isCreating the Future: Change, Challenge, Opportunity. A call for papers will be issued very soon, and will be followed by the link to a registration website. Stay tuned!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlternativesAnnouncements/permalink/647300462016811/

 

Disability Equality Index Survey to Be Unveiled on June 26, 2014

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) have announced the public release of the first Annual Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM), an online benchmarking tool that offers businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices. AAPD and the USBLN will be releasing the DEI survey questions publicly on June 26, 2014, before opening up the first Annual DEI survey to Fortune 1000 scope companies for participation in October 2014. Those interested in attending the DEI survey public release call must register here by June 19, 2014. “We are confident the DEI is going to be a game changer for all companies who are interested in enhancing their disability inclusion efforts regardless of where they are at in their journey,” said Jill Houghton, executive director of the USBLN.

Source: http://www.aapd.com/resources/press-room/press-releases/disability-equality-index-1.html

 

New Code Expected to Boost Peer Support Profession

A major step was recently taken to incorporate peer specialists as integral parts of the healthcare industry: The National Uniform Coding Committee (NUCC) – comprising major health care providers and insurance industry members, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – approved coding of peer specialist services, effective Oct. 1, 2014. This coding, specific to peer specialists, will enable state and federal agencies to bill peer support services more effectively and facilitate better tracking of such services. The coding is especially important for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the largest single employer of peer specialists, as it will allow that department to more efficiently bill and track peer specialists’ work. “This classification puts peer specialists on par with other mental health professionals,” said Daniel O’Brien-Mazza, director of peer support services for the department. “It is a measure of respect and recognition of the important and valuable services peer specialists provide.” (Note: This piece has been excerpted from an article that ran on page 8 of the April 2014 edition of the iNAPS newsletter.)

Source: http://darkestcloset.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-code-expected-to-boost-peer-support.html

 

Comments Invited on Proposal to Allow Service Animals in National Parks

Through June 17, the National Park Service (NPS) is inviting public comment on a proposed rule to revise regulations governing service animals in national parks. “The NPS is proposing to define and differentiate service animals, from pets, domestic animals, feral animals, livestock, and pack animals, and describe the circumstances under which service animals would be allowed in a park area,” according to the comment website. Although federal agencies are not governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the NPS policy is to align its regulations with the ADA and make NPS facilities, programs, and services accessible to and usable by as many people as possible, according to an NPS press release. The NPS will accept public comment on the proposed rule – 36 Code of Federal Regulations § 2.15 – through June 17, 2014, through the Federal Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (search service animals) or click here.

Source: http://home.nps.gov/applications/release/print.cfm?id=1582

 

Anthology of Art, Poetry, Prose, Photography, and More Is Available for Free Download

Based on the groundbreaking study The Well-Being Project, "People Say I’m Crazy" is an anthology of amazing art, poetry, prose, photography and testimony of mental health clients and is the compendium book to the award-winning documentary of the same name. This exciting 137-page anthology is available for free download by clicking here. For more information, contact Madness Network News Redux manager David Gonzalez at MadnessNetworkNews@gmail.com.

Source: http://madnessnetworknews.com/

 

16th International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering Issues Call for Papers

The 16th International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering, to be held Nov. 5-7, 2014, at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, is soliciting presentations. The conference “will highlight proposals that are dynamic and interactive and best fit the conference theme, Bridging Communities: Education, Support, and Services. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum to strengthen and empower the voice of individuals and communities, increase awareness and education of hoarding disorder, and engage new and non-traditional stakeholders via culturally responsive, person-first, evidence-based support and services.” The deadline for proposals is July 18, 2014. For more information, see the source below.

Source:http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/programs/ichc/ichc2014/callforpresenters/#sthash.m3MQBHPf.dpuf

 

Scattergood Foundation Invites Comments on Its Consensus Project

The Scattergood Foundation Consensus Project is inviting comments on two papers – “Privacy Discussion” and “Liberty and Recovery” – that are posted on the Scattergood website and are available by clicking here. The Foundation writes: “We want your voice to join others in developing meaningful solutions. Please … add your thoughts, comments, and recommendations to the work under way. Reader recommendations will be analyzed during a 60-day commenting period [which ends July 1, 2014] and then synthesized by the authors for the purpose of incorporating the recommendations into the paper. Please keep in mind that the purpose of this project is to build consensus. Oppositional viewpoints are welcomed and expected, but progression towards solutions requires cooperation and respect. If you haven't already, you must create a [free] user account to view the papers. Click here to login or create an account.”

Source: http://www.scattergoodfoundation.org

 

Creative Vision Factory Video Lights Up the Web

The Creative Vision Factory, a peer-run drop-in arts studio in Wilmington, Delaware, that is funded by the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, has posted an inspirational video that highlights its work fostering “the creative potential of individuals on the behavioral health spectrum in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the local art community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal workspace.” The video includes interviews with several of the artists and with the director, Michael Kalmbach. “If you get people who have been challenged by the same issue, you get them in the same room around some coffee, they will probably start to solve their own problems,” said Kalmbach. “People can be self-directed, find some mastery over something, have some purpose, and connect with people. It’s those relationships that really matter and what really promote recovery.” The artists, some of whom have sold their work, talk about what the CVF means to them. Said one, “When I’m doing my artwork, I’m handling my life. . . . When I draw, I live.” To view the video, click on the source below.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_XC8Etc5_4&feature=youtu.be

 

SAMHSA Offers Recovery Month Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering a Recovery Month Toolkit. SAMHSA writes: “Get a jumpstart on your 2014 event planning with the newly launched Recovery MonthToolkit. This year’s toolkit, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Recovery Month, highlights the theme ‘Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.’ The theme encourages people to openly discuss – or speak up about – mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. The observance also promotes ways first responders, faith leaders, youth and young adults, and policymakers can recognize these issues and intervene – or reach out to help others, as well as themselves. As with past toolkits, you will find resources and tools for working with the media, planning and promoting a Recovery Month event, targeted outreach materials, and current and updated fast facts, resource listings, and information on commonly misused drugs and mental health disorders.” The 2014 toolkit is available online to view or download in English and in Spanish by clicking here.

Source: http://www.samhsa.gov

 

Mark Your Calendar for Three Webinars at the Beginning of June

Deadline alert: Three webinars during the first week in June address transitional age youth, eCPR, and crisis response services, respectively. On June 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET, a one-hour webinar on “Building Cultural Competence: Strategies for Engaging Effectively with Transitional Age Youth,” hosted by the Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment, will address youth perspectives on mental health treatment and stigma, cultural competency, youth engagement strategies, and tips and tricks for successful youth programs. For more information or to register, click here. On June 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. ET, a 90-minute webinar hosted by the National Empowerment Center will cover “Using Emotional CPR (eCPR) to Implement Systems Transformation.” NEC writes, “This webinar will provide administrators, managers, and providers of mental health services with essential communication tools needed to transform their systems to being recovery-based and empowerment focused. Presenters will share about the components of eCPR, a public health education program developed by people with lived experience of mental health recovery.” For instructions on joining the eCPR webinar, click here. The April edition of the Key Update highlighted a SAMHSA webinar series on how to expand community-based crisis response services and systems. The third webinar in this series will take place on June 3 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on the topic of “Identifying the Outcomes and Financing of Crisis Response Services and Supports.” The fourth webinar, on June 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, will cover “Innovative State and Local Crisis Response Systems.” To register for one webinar or the entire series, or for additional information, please click here.

Sources: http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/

http://www.power2u.org

http://www.samhsa.gov

 

Two Resource Books Are Designed to Help People Find and Keep Competitive Employment

Two resource books on the topic of employment are available for free download to help individuals with mental health conditions who are thinking of going back to work or who already have a job and want to keep it. The Employment Resource Book – published by the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and available at this link – “is based on the principles and practices of effective employment services that help people seek work independently. This resource book does not recommend lengthy pre-work activities, because they have not been shown to help people find competitive employment.  Instead, this is an action-oriented book, meaning that it encourages you to make thoughtful choices and then consider taking steps toward finding and keeping a job that’s right for you.” The second guide, entitled A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work and available at this link, was published by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. “The Guide offers encouragement and vital information on the importance of work, the availability of rehabilitation programs, the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration’s work incentives, the challenges of starting a new job and grappling with disclosure, and strategies for long-term success at work – and more.” A Facilitator’s Manual is available at the followinglink.

 

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Website Offers a Wealth of Resources

“The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) continually updates its website to present the best and newest resources and information relevant to integrated primary and behavioral healthcare.” To visit the site, click here. Among the many resources are SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), a National Resource Directory for veterans, a Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit – and much more.

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month). The June 2014 call will be on Monday, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February or April 2014 minutes, or would like to pre-order the January, March, and May 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 10, No. 11, May 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) orsrogers@mhasp.org.

 

Friday
May302014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 10 - April 2014

News and Alerts

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Alternatives 2014 – or a National Mental Health Conference by Another Name: Game On!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse has signed a contract with the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, and will be hosting a national mental health conference there from Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014! Although the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration approval process has not yet been completed, the conference is on! A Conference Committee will soon be convened and a call for papers will be issued as soon as possible. If you are not already a member, join the Alternatives Conference Announcements Facebook page (click here) to make sure you get the most up-to-date information! If you are not on Facebook, contact Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org for more information.

 

SAMHSA Launches Free Webinar Series on Crisis Response Services

SAMHSA has announced a series of six webinars on how to expand community-based crisis response services and systems. The 90-minute webinars, all of which start at 2 p.m. ET, will begin on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, with “The Need for Crisis Response Services.” The series will continue on Tuesday, May 20, with “The Continuum of Community Based Mental Health Crisis Response Approaches.” The remaining four webinars will take place on June 3, June 18, July 1, and July 15. “These webinars will describe new and emerging crisis response practices … In addition, the webinar series will explore the types of outcomes sought for different approaches, how these approaches are financed, and provide State and local examples,” SAMHSA writes. To register for one webinar or the entire series, or for additional information, please click here.

 

Six More Webinars Are On Tap for May - Including One on May 1st!

Mark your calendars for six additional webinars in May! May 1, 1 p.m. ET: Join the National Empowerment Center’s 90-minute webinar on Enhancing Your Social Media Presence. To register for the May 1 webinar, click here(For NEC’s 2012 introductory webinar on social media (as background), click here.) May 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Latino Mental Health in the Age of the Affordable Care Act “will spotlight and encourage up-and-coming researchers in Latino mental health and engage stakeholders in a discussion about programmatic, policy, and research priorities to address mental health disparities affecting Latinos.” To register, click here. May 6, 1 p.m. ET: Developing Your Personal Story of Mental Health Recovery, presented by the Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment. For more information, click here. May 9, 2: p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Peer Supports: What Exactly Does That Mean?, presented by Mental Health America, Youth Move and  National Federation of Families, will provide a historic look at peer supports, examples of successful peer support implementation, and the latest communication from CMS regarding Medicaid reimbursement of these important supports. For instructions on how to join, click here. May 12, 1 p.m.: The final webinar in the GAINS Center five-part series of evidence-based practice (EBP) webinars will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. The title is Reducing CriminalRecidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions. For more information, click here. May 29, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET: It Takes a Community: Learning Together about Tools and Strategies to Support People through Emotional Distress,presented by SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center). For more information and to register, click here. 

 

As May 4 Approaches, More Cities to Hold National Mental Health and Dignity Day Events

At this writing, National Mental Health and Dignity Day (NMHDD) events are planned in nine states and 14 cities across the country; for the list of events and contact information, click here.  For the NMHDD Facebook page, click here. As part of this event, the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse/Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is sponsoring a showing of “Of Two Minds,” followed by a panel discussion including one of the stars of the documentary and one of the filmmakers, at Temple University at 3 p.m. ET on May 4. For details, click here or contactsrogers@mhasp.org.

 

Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) Creates Dropbox for Research Access

The Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) team has created a shareable “dropbox” folder of journal articles and measures of potential use to activists, service users, survivors, students and researchers. Our primary goal is to provide full-text access to individuals without an academic affiliation or other means of getting past journal pay-walls,” they write. “For additional open access measures, please visit the University of Adelaide's Psychiatric Scales and Measures collection (which also includes a page dedicated to Recovery and Rehabilitation measures),” LERN adds. To connect with the dropbox, click here. If you already have a password, you can go to the dropbox directly if you click here. In addition, the Boston University Disability Research Right to Know website has information on several subjects of interest to advocates, including peer-delivered services as well as supported education and supported housing.

 

AAS Creates Landmark Division Representing Suicide Attempt Survivors

As a result of determined advocacy by suicide attempt survivors, the American Association of Suicidology recently announced the creation of “a new division to represent people with lived experience and suicide attempt survivors and the people who love and care about them.” Another breakthrough was a recent story about suicide attempt survivors in The New York Times; for the story, click here. For a Boston Globe story on the same subject, click here. For more information about suicide attempt survivors’ organizing efforts, click here. For the AAS blog “Life after Suicidal Thinking,” click here. For a blog by attempt survivor and activist Cara Anna, click here. For Dese’rae Stage’s Live Through This website, click here. At the same time, a recent blog post in The New Yorker noted that, “between 1999 and 2010, the number of Americans between the ages of thirty-five and sixty-four who took their own lives rose by almost thirty per cent. Among young people in the U.S., suicide is the third most common cause of death; among all Americans, suicide claims more lives than car accidents, which were previously the leading cause of injury-related death.”

 

Through May 8, SAMHSA Invites Young Adults to Share Stories of Peer Support

To celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014, SAMHSA is highlighting the importance of peer support, “which is critical in making the transition to adulthood easier for young adults with mental health and substance use challenges.” Through May 8, SAMHSA is hosting a “hashtag showcase,” during which the federal mental health authority is inviting “young adults across the country who have faced mental and/or substance use disorders to share their personal stories of resilience and peer support. Using the hashtag #IGetSupportFrom, please share photos, videos, tweets, and status updates showing how peer support has helped you tackle challenges related to: housing, education, employment, and health care. You can post messages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.” To learn more about how to participate, click here

 

Bazelon Center Releases Free Report on How the ACA Can Help States Develop Supported Housing

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a free report about how the Affordable Care Act can help states expand their integrated housing opportunities for people with mental health conditions. The 21-page report, When Opportunity Knocks…How the Affordable Care Act Can Help States Develop Supported Housing for People with Mental Illnesses, is available by clicking here. The new report “is designed to provide guidance and thought leadership to nationwide stakeholders about the new tools available through the Affordable Care Act that help states to expand supported housing for individuals with disabilities, in addition to helping states comply with the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act],” Bazelon writes. At the same time, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report indicating that the Affordable Care Act will cost $5 billion less than originally projected for 2014. From 2015 to 2024, the law is now expected to cost $1.38 trillion, or $104 billion less than prior projections, with a $36 billion cost in 2014. For the complete CBO report, click here.

 

Twitter Chat Will Explore How Society Can Support Suicide Attempt Survivors, Who Are Also Invited to Share Their Stories in a Planned Book

Josh Rivedal, an activist and author, will host a one-hour Twitter chat for WEGO Health on May 6 at 3 p.m. ET about how society can best support suicide attempt survivors/persons with lived experience. The hashtag to participate is #hachat. The topics will include what helps and what hurts when someone is feeling suicidal, what kinds of resources exist for attempt survivors, and what kinds of resources they would like to see. In addition, Rivedal is inviting individuals who have survived suicide attempts to share their stories for his book project, on #suicide attempt survivors. For more information, click here. This will be the second volume of Rivedal’s “The Good News Project”; the first volume will be published in October. “The concept [of the first book] is similar to ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ but grittier, covering topics that aren’t typically brought to light in the mainstream,” writes Rivedal. The second volume, to be released in February 2015, will include only the stories of suicide attempt survivors. “It’s a way for us to share our stories, create a community, help other people and show the world that we don’t just struggle — we can survive and thrive as well,” he writes. For more information, contact him atjoshuarivedal@gmail.com.

 

VA Has Launched “Make the Connection” to Help Veterans Connect

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new campaign, Make the Connection, to help veterans and their family members connect with the experiences of other veterans, and with information and resources to help them confront the challenges of transitioning from service, help them face health issues, or help them navigate the complexities of daily life as a civilian. The campaign’s central focus is a website, www.MakeTheConnection.net, where veterans and their families can view the candid testimonials of other veterans “who have dealt with and are working through a variety of common life experiences, day-to-day symptoms, and mental health conditions.” The website also connects veterans and their family members with services and resources that may help them live more fulfilling lives. Make the Connection is on Facebook and YouTube. Downloadable and printable outreach information to distribute or display can be found here. In a related story, prescription drugs are said to be endangering U.S. soldiers. For the International Business Times story, click here(Thanks to Maxine Hayden for the IBT story.)

 

“I’m Good” Campaign Celebrates Those Who Have Overcome and Those Who Are Trying!

In celebration of Mental Health Month, PeersNet has launched the “I’m Good” blog campaign, which “encourages people to take care of their emotional and mental health, as well as their wellness. It’s also a celebration of those who are working to, or have, overcome obstacles to wellness through support from family, friends, peers, loved ones and the community.” Combatting the stigma that can be associated with a mental health condition, the campaign says, “There is nothing to be ashamed of. Know why? Well, because no matter where you’re at, you’re good…” For more information, click here.

 

Café TA Center Releases the Second Video in Its Recovery Series

The Café TA Center has announced release of the second video in its ongoing series, Recovery Stories. This series of videos, all of which were assembled from interviews of people with lived experience of mental health challenges at Alternatives 2013, provides a platform for people to share their individual experience of mental health recovery. This installment, The Road to Recovery, features individuals sharing their stories of how they first encountered mental health issues, and the fears, hopes and assumptions with which they began their recovery journeys. For Episode 2, click here.

For more information and for Episode 1, click here.

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month). The May 2014 call will be on Tuesday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. This call will feature a short presentation by Joseph Rogers, founder and executive director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, followed by Q&A. The June call will take place on Monday, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.orgwith the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February or April 2014 minutes, or would like to pre-order the January and March 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. 

Tuesday
Apr292014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 9 - March 2014

News and Alerts

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Save the Date for Alternatives 2014!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is currently negotiating with a hotel in Orlando, Florida, to hold a national mental health conference on the dates of Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014, with the potential for a pre-conference institute on October 20-21, 2014. The Alternatives conference approval is in process with SAMHSA and it is expected that it will be completed soon. We wanted to make sure everyone knew about the great location and the October dates! We hope to see you there! If you are not already a member, join the Alternatives Conference Announcements Facebook page (click here) to make sure you get the most up-to-date information!

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

Plans Are Under Way for a March for Dignity on May 4, 2014!

A March for Dignity is being organized on May 4, 2014. Specifically, a number of events (not all of them marches) are being organized around the country. Click here for the Facebook page. Scott writes: “Let us know if you want to organize something in your community. Organizers are welcome to use the logo and press release we have on here. I am willing to offer a website I run as a central space: www.riseforsocialchange.org. We are looking for national organizations to support this day to help get the word out about our events.” As part of this event, the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse/Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is sponsoring a showing of “Of Two Minds,” followed by a panel discussion including one of the stars of the documentary and one of the filmmakers, at Temple University at 3 p.m. on May 4. For details, contact srogers@mhasp.org.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marchformentalhealthanddignity/

 

Employment Issues to Be Covered by BRSS TACS Teleconference

On April 4 at noon until 1 p.m. ET, BRSS TACS is offering an opportunity to speak with Dan Fisher, M.D., Ph.D, a founder of the National Empowerment Center and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, about “Hiring Persons with Lived Experience within the Behavioral Healthcare System.” Participants can join by clicking here and by calling 888-407-5039; PIN 556-82-342.

Source: http://beta.samhsa.gov/brss-tacs/technical-assistance

 

Exciting Video Documentary About the Movement for Social Justice Seeks Backers!

The following comes from documentarian Patrick Hendry: “Help Mental Health America fund our exciting video documentary, From Asylums to Recovery – The Fight for Civil Rights and Humane Treatment for People in the Mental Health Care System…. The documentary is a compelling history of the consumer/survivor movement in the United States from 1960 to the present … Please visit our project pages on Kickstarter and donate whatever you can to ensure that this important story is brought into the light.  Please share the link with friends and family and urge them to join us in producing this incredible documentary. This project will only be on Kickstarter for 45 days … On the Kickstarter site, you can watch our 90-second trailer and also link to the first 24 minutes of the overall project.” 

Source: http://kck.st/1dpukbO

 

Too Many Recovery Stories? No Such Thing!

The more stories of mental health recovery that can inspire us, the better! Now comes the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, Calif., with Stories of Recovery: “a video series featuring real, honest, and inspirational stories of mental health recovery. Among the story-tellers are such leaders of the movement for social justice as Sally Zinman, Jay Mahler and Linford Gayle. The site also links to other video collections of recovery stories, such as MindFreedom International’s I Got Better campaign and the Recovery Stories webpage at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, McGill University in Montreal. The website also includes links to non-video recovery stories. Stories of Recovery is a project of PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services). For inquiries, write to mhm@peersnet.org.

Source: http://www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth/mentalVideos.html 

 

Are You Artistic? Here Are Two Outlets for Your Creativity!

The Painted Brain, “a peer-driven arts organization,” is seeking reporters, photographers, videographers, cartoonists and critics. Click here for the elevator pitch. You can submit your work to thepaintedbrain@gmail.com. “Submissions need to include an image with a caption, and credit to go with your story, and a title for your piece,” depending on your medium. The Painted Brain is an online publication as well as a printed magazine. At the same time, the Mad Ms. Video Project – open to “all American women artists who have experience with mental illness and a flawed American mental health system” – are invited to participate in a group video project by New York City artist Marni Kotak “to talk about their experiences with psychiatric drugs, voluntary or involuntary treatment in public or private hospitals or community psychiatric facilities, and/or private psychiatrists; as well as how their illness effects their lives, and what they do to stay happy and healthy.” Kotak will edit the final work, to be presented at an upcoming New York City exhibition. Interested? Contact Marni Kotak at marnikotak1@gmail.com before April 30, 2014.

Sources: http://www.paintedbrain.org/

http://www.marnikotak.com

Thanks to NCMHR for the Mad Ms. Video Project item

 

 “Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health” on April 24

An “hour-long event that uses text messaging to get people talking about mental health and encourage them to take action” will take place on April 24. “Text, Talk, Act,” organized by Creating Community Solutions, encourages young people to discuss mental health issues with their peers; however, it is open to people of any age. The instructions say: “At any time on April 24th, gather 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues; text ‘start’ to 89800.” You will receive polling and discussion questions via text messaging while engaging in a face-to-face dialogue with your group; the process takes one hour. Creating Community Solutions is part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health. For more information, click here.

Source: http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact

 

EEOC Creates an Exception to the Americans with Disabilities Act

New regulations will require federal contractors to ask employees if they have a disability. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), new U.S. regulations “require for the first time that federal contractors [with 50 or more employees or more than $50,000 in government work] – a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., among some 40,000 others – ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don’t employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can’t prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official.” (The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has made an exception to the Americans with Disabilities Act for this purpose, the WSJ reports.) For more information, click on the source below.

Sources: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303287804579447450295914372

 

Nominate Someone for a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award and/or the 2014 Lienhard Award and Sarnat Prize

Two awards programs are seeking nominations. SAMHSA’s Voice Awards Program is soliciting nominations for “consumer/peer leaders and television and film professionals who educate the public about behavioral health,” SAMHSA writes. The focus this year is on young adults, so both individual and media nominees that involve young adults will receive special consideration. The nomination deadline for both awards is April 18. For more information about the peer leadership awards, click here. For more information about the television and film awards, click here. Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine is accepting nominations for The Gustav O. Lienhard Award and The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. The Lienhard Award “recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States.” The Sarnat Prize “recognizes individuals, groups or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health.” Nominations will be accepted through May 5. For more information, click here.

Sources: http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards/

http://www.iom.edu/Global/News%20Announcements/2014-Lienhard-Sarnat-Nominations.aspx

 

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Distributing “Publications on Unapproved New Uses” of Drugs and Medical Devices; Comments Welcome

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments on its draft “Guidance for Industry: Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved New Uses – Recommended Practices,” available at this link.  The comment page is available at this link. According to the FDA website, “This draft guidance revises the final guidance titled ‘Good Reprint Practices for the Distribution of Medical Journal Articles and Medical or Scientific Reference Publications on Unapproved New Uses of Approved Drugs and Approved or Cleared Medical Devices’ published in January 2009.” Comments are due by May 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Source: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2008-D-0053-0132

 

SAMHSA Offers Free Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data

“Did you know you have free access to substance abuse and mental health data from major data collection systems through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive?” For more information, click on the source below.

Source: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSAMHSA/bulletins/aaf177

 

“Coming Out Proud to Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness” Available for Free Download

The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment has made available a variety of resources on eliminating the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental health conditions. Most recently, they have published an 83-page manual, available for free download by clicking here. For more information on this and related subjects, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.stigmaandempowerment.org/

Thanks to Cheryl Sharp

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month). The April 2014 call will be on Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The May call will take place on Tuesday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The purpose of the call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February 2014 minutes, or would like to pre-order the January and March 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 10, No. 9, March 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org.

Monday
Mar312014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 8 - February 2014

News and Alerts

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Plans Are Under Way for a March for Mental Health and Dignity on May 4, 2014!

A March for Mental Health and Dignity is being organized on May 4, 2014. Specifically, a number of marches – some of which may take the form of teach-ins or other events – are being organized around the country. According to Scott Spicer, one of the organizers, “So far we are looking at organizing events in California, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Texas.” There is a Facebook page where more information is available by clicking here. Scott writes: “Let us know if you want to organize something in your community. Organizers are welcome to use the logo and press release we have on here. I am willing to offer a website I run as a central space: www.riseforsocialchange.org. We are looking for national organizations to support this day to help get the word out about our events.”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marchformentalhealthanddignity/

 

Deadline Alert: Petra Foundation Award Nominations Are Due on March 3, 2014

The Petra Foundation “seeks out and champions unsung leaders who are making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of millions who are marginalized in America.” According to the Foundation’s website, “individuals nominated for a Petra Foundation Award should display a combination of activism and thought, force of character, independence of judgment, and clarity of expression. The nominee’s activities should be devoted either to the cause of racial equality, with special emphasis on Native Americans and people of color; or to the autonomy of persons, groups, families, and communities; or to freedom of speech, expression, and thought.” To nominate someone for the 2014 Petra Foundation Award, click here.

Source: http://petrafoundation.org

Thanks to Mike Skinner and the Surviving Spirit Newsletter

 

Three Exciting Conferences Issue Calls for Presentations

Three upcoming conferences are soliciting presentation proposals. To apply to present a workshop at the next annual conference of NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) – in Seattle, at theDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Sept. 3-6, 2014 – click here. Suggested topics include rights issues, strategies against forced treatment, seclusion and restraint, forensic issues, and more. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2014. For more information or for questions, contact Ann Marshall (narpa@aol.com or 256-650-0311).For more information about applying to present at the Seventh Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media (Aug. 19-21, 2014, in Atlanta), click here. Submissions focusing on the areas of health communication, social marketing, media, partnerships, public health policy communication, and other topic areas that relate to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are sought. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2014. And to apply to present at the 20th Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium (Sept. 18-29, 2014, in Tulsa, Oklahoma), click here. The deadline for applications is March 10.

Sources: http://www.narpa.org

http://www.cdc.gov/NCHCMM/

http://mhat.org/get-involved/events-and-conferences/zarrow/

 

Upcoming Webinar to Focus on Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals with Benefits

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is offering a 90-minute webinar on “SSI/SSDI and Medicaid: Powerful Tools for Reentry Success” on March 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET.  “Connecting individuals with serious mental illnesses and other disabilities who are involved with the criminal justice system to benefits and programs for which they are eligible through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Medicaid can ease the reentry process and has been demonstrated to lower recidivism rates. This webinar will provide an overview of eligibility criteria and the enrollment process for these benefits; discuss the federal SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) training program as a way to improve enrollment; and offer success stories and lessons learned from the field." To register, click here

Source: http://csgjusticecenter.org/

 

Voting for 2014 Scattergood Innovation Award Finalists Is Open Through March 17

The judges for the Scattergood Foundation 2014 Innovation Awards have selected 15 finalists out of a field of more than a hundred nominees. You can help choose the winner by voting (until March 17, 2014) – and you can vote for more than one finalist! Two contenders seem especially worthy: The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment’s Coming Out Proud initiative, and LERN (Lived Experience Research Network). The project that receives the most votes will get the prize, accompanied by a check for $25,000.

Source: http://scattergoodfoundation.org/annual-innovation-award

 

Historic Newspaper of the Mental Patients’ Liberation Movement Is Now Available!

The entire archive of Madness Network News (MNN), an iconic newspaper published by the psychiatric survivor movement beginning in 1972, is now available for review and purchase, thanks to two longtime movement activists. With the support and approval of MNN co-founder Leonard Roy Frank and the help of fellow activist Ron Schraiber, David Gonzalez resized the original 11”x17” format to 8.5”x11”, assembled the complete collection of 45 issues into seven soft-cover books, and then transformed each of the issues into an e-book. Click here to visit the archive, view the covers and read sample pages, request specific articles and/or covers for review or citation, view videos of movement leaders describing their experiences with psychiatric hospitalization, and leave your comments on the site’s blogClick here for more information about how to purchase all or parts of the Madness Network News archive. Hard-copy volumes cost $19.95 each; single issue e-books are $1.99.

Source: http://www.madnessnetworknews.com/

 

Lived Experience and Work Seniority Improve Outlook of Mental Health Professionals

A recent University of Washington survey of 731 mental health professionals found that mental health workers who had at least a four-year college degree, a job with greater seniority, and a mental health condition themselves had more positive attitudes about people with mental health problems than did those who did not share these qualifications. “The finding that stands out the most is that almost a third of mental health professionals disclosed that they received a diagnosis of mental illness in the past,” said Jennifer Stuber, the study’s lead author. “This . . . has implications for how we think of the relevance of that experience in recruiting for a mental health workforce.” Overall, mental health workers held more positive attitudes about individuals with mental health conditions than did the general public, the study found. However, “stigmatizing attitudes still exist,” Stuber said.

Source: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/02/04/personal-experience-work-seniority-improve-mental-health-professionals-outlook/

 

Three More Great Conferences Are on the Agenda!

Mark your calendars for March, April and June 2014 for conferences in Santa Fe (New Mexico), Albany (New York), and Baltimore, respectively. ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership will host its annual summit, “Leading the Future of Health,” March 26-28. For more information, click here. The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is presenting its 10th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation – “Managing Care: Managing Change” – April 24-25 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, New York. For more information, click here. For the full program, click here. And the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is hosting its Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore June 22-25. For more information, click here.

Sources: http://www.acmha.org/

http://www.nyaprs.org

http://www.uspra.org/

 

These Websites Showcase Stories of Courage, Empowerment and Change

Three websites offer a broad spectrum of individuals sharing their stories of recovery. On OC87 Recovery Diaries, you can view mini-documentaries, video diaries, articles and posts through which individuals in recovery tell “brave, honest and inspiring stories that embrace the drama of everyday life, and reveal the thoughts and passions of people living with mental health challenges.” “Thirty years after mental illness interrupted his dream of a film-making career, Bud Clayman created OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie  – a “feature-length documentary of pain and vulnerability, empowerment, and Bud's quest for belonging.” OC87 Recovery Diaries wants to continue that conversation.” Recovery stories can also be viewed on MindFreedom International’s I Got Better website, as well as on Optum’s website. According to the latter (click here), “… we offer the following video testimonials by real consumers sharing their experiences in treatment and how they have benefited from peer support. These heart-felt stories offer encouragement and hope, and demonstrate that people in recovery can and do live fulfilling lives.”

Sources: http://pmhca.org/

http://www.mindfreedom.org/

http://www.optum.com

 

National Suicide Prevention Plan Has Been Released

In February 2014, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF) released A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, available by clicking here, which outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next five to 10 years, “if optimally implemented,” according to the Task Force’s website. As a companion piece to the Prioritized Research Agenda, the RPTF also developed a Suicide Research Prioritization Plan of Action, which outlines the research pathways and short- and long-term objectives presented in the full Prioritized Research Agenda. These documents are available for download by clicking on the above links or from the source below. The Action Alliance is also seeking feedback on its “Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention.” For more information, click here.

Source: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/

 

MHA Publishes Affordable Care Act Toolkit

Mental Health America has published a “toolkit” to help people understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it affects them. MHA writes: “Significantly, ACA compels equal coverage of mental health and addiction services that were borne out of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act. Mental health and addiction services are among the 10 categories that serve as components of the “Essential Health Benefits (EHB)” package that must be offered in the marketplace. With the enactment of ACA, America has the ability to create a reformed health care system that provides comprehensive, culturally, and linguistically appropriate behavioral health services and supports. Furthermore, ACA provides the behavioral health services on par with physical health services; and it allows for the availability of preventive services at no cost to the beneficiary.” To download the toolkit, visit the source below.

Source: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/affordable-care-act-toolkit-mha

 

Two Fashion Retailers Suspend Sales of Controversial Garments After Public Outcry

Two popular retailers have come under attack as a result of selling clothing imprinted with slogans related to behavioral health conditions. Urban Outfitters pulled a top imprinted with the word “depression” in bold letters from its shelves and apologized after a barrage of complaints that the store was “making mental illness a fashion statement.” And Kitson, a retailer in Los Angeles, was selling sweatshirts and jerseys designed to look like sports uniforms with the names of such drugs as Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax accompanied by a two-digit number – until the manufacturers of these drugs threatened to sue.

Sourcehttp://www.neontommy.com/news/2014/02/popular-retailers-deem-mental-illness-fashion-forward 

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month).The March call will take place on the third Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The April 2014 call will be on Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The purpose of the call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, and/or November 2013 minutes and/or the February 2014 minutes, or would like to pre-order the December 2013 and January 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 10, No. 8, February 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) orsrogers@mhasp.org.

Friday
Feb282014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 7 - January 2014

News and Alerts

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February 3 Deadline to Apply for New E-Learning Opportunity on Trauma-Informed Peer Support

SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is soliciting applications for a free, intensive, six-month Virtual Learning Community on Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Trauma-Informed Organizational Change. Five organizations across the country will be selected to participate. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2014, at 5 p.m. ET. For the application, click here. For more information, email Darby Penney at dpenney@ahpnet.com.

Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/

 

CMS Proposes Eliminating Medicare Access to Mental Health Treatments; Comments Are Due by March 7

On January 6, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed removing antidepressants and immunosuppressants from the protected class status they received under Medicare Part D in 2015, and to remove antipsychotics from that status in 2016. “Despite growing public concern for the nation’s unmet mental health crisis, and a supposedly strong commitment to addressing this pressing need, the Administration stunned the mental health advocacy community by suddenly tacking in the opposite direction,” according to a National Council for Behavioral Health press release. You can submit comments on the proposed rule to CMS until March 7 by clicking here. At the same time, as of January 1, 2014, (as a result of the 2008 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, which required Medicare to start covering more of the cost of outpatient mental health services), seniors now only have to pay 20 percent of the cost of outpatient psychotherapy; Medicare now pays 80 percent (after a $147 deductible). This is the same percentage Medicare covers for most medical services, The New York Times reports.

Sources: http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/press-releases/cms-proposes-eliminating-medicare-access-mental-health-treatments/

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/medicare-to-cover-more-mental-health-costs/

Thanks to NYAPRS E-News

 

New from SAMHSA’s GAINS Center: Webinar Series on Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Persons, and Guidelines to Help These Individuals Rejoin the Community

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is offering a five-part webinar series on “Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Persons.” The first webinar took place on January 21; it is archived on the GAINS Center website. The four remaining webinars will take place February 18 (3 p.m. ET), March 11, April 8, and May 12. For more information, including a link to the archived January webinar and links to fact sheets on each of the topics, click here. In addition, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center has published “Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison.” To download a free copy, click here.

Source: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov

 

Individuals in Mental Health Crisis May Be Better Served in a Homelike Environment than in an ER, New Study Confirms

A new study by DePaul University researchers suggests that people experiencing a mental health crisis are better off receiving help in an alternative, recovery-oriented, homelike environment than in a traditional emergency department. "Hospital emergency departments are not set up for people with emotional problems. Most people with emotional distress come from a chaotic environment and need a safe or calm space to receive proper attention and treatment," said Mona Shattell, a co-author of the paper “A Recovery-Oriented Alternative to Hospital Emergency Departments For Persons in Emotional Distress: ‘The Living Room,’” published January 7 in Issues in Mental Health Nursing. The study interviewed participants in the Living Room, an outpatient, voluntary program “staffed with peer counselors who have experienced mental health issues and are specifically trained to treat the patients, who have responded well to that type of care because they see that recovery is possible," said Shattell. “The experiences of (emergency departments) for persons in emotional distress were characterized by feelings of insecurity, loneliness, intimidation, fear, and discomfort,” the study noted. Shattell added, “We need more facilities like The Living Room to help provide the care and attention people with emotional distress need to fully recover.”

Source: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140108/Mental-health-crisis-may-be-better-served-in-homelike-environment-instead-of-traditional-ER-says-study.aspx

 

BRSS TACS Offers a Webinar Series, and a Series of “First Fridays” to “Meet the Expert”

BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) is hosting a series of webinars on recovery-related topics, as well as a “Meet the Experts” teleconference series on the first Friday of every month. The 90-minute webinars, all beginning at 1 p.m. ET, will cover such subjects as “Ethics & Boundaries for Peer Leaders” (February 13), “Lessons Learned from 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees (April 10), “Support and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery (May 8), “Why Should You Hire a Peer Specialist/Recovery Coach?” (July 17), and “Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans” (August 14). The next three “Meet the Experts” teleconferences, each an hour long and beginning at noon ET, will feature Sandra Spencer of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (February 7), Phillip Valentine of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (March 7), and Dan Fisher of the National Empowerment Center (April 4). For more information, click on the source below.

Source: http://beta.samhsa.gov/brss-tacs

 

Virtual Career Fair to Help Job Seekers Who Have Disabilities Connect with Employers

Students, post-docs and alumni of two- and four-year colleges across the country are invited to attend the Bender Virtual Career Fair, on March 20, 2014; the event will help job seekers meet employers online in a time-efficient way. Click here to review the Virtual Job Fair Tutorial. “Get interviews without ever leaving your computer,” the sponsor says. Register before February 21 by clicking here.

Source: http://disability.careereco.net/

 

ADS Center Offers Webinar on Affordable Care Act

On February 12, 2014, at 3 pm. ET, SAMHSA’s ADS Center will offer a free webinar entitled “Time to Get Insured: Learn the Who, What, Why, and How to Enroll in Health Insurance Through the Medicaid Expansion or the State or Federal Marketplace.” The ADS Center writes: “Join us to learn how to navigate the new insurance landscape and better equip yourself to enroll yourself, your family, your clients, or your loved ones in the new coverage available under the Affordable Care Act.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Source: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/

 

2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Seek Nominations

The Viscardi Center has issued a “Call for Nominations” for the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which honor “exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.” “Despite our significant contributions, people with disabilities continue to face considerable barriers,” said John D. Kemp, president and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Our Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are designed to recognize the tireless efforts being made on a daily basis to better integrate people with disabilities into everyday life and allow every person to achieve to their fullest potential.” Individuals of any age, with any type of disability, are eligible. Nominations are being accepted until February 28, 2014. For more information or to submit a nomination, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.viscardicenter.org/news-events/news/2014-hvaa-announced.html

 

Free “Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators” Is Available

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), which recently launched its 12-month Affordable Care Act National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) website, has published a free technical assistance guide. The “Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators” will instruct navigators and other enrollment specialists about the special needs of people with disabilities who are shopping for health care insurance. To download the free guide, click here.

Sources: http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/initiativesrwj_ndnrc/

Mental Health Weekly, Jan. 20, 2014

 

Share Your Writing with 40,000 Readers

Social Justice Solutions – an organization born out of the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare’s commitment to active participation in creating a socially just world – wants to hear from you: “Submit blogs, news and news summaries, or just suggest a story you think we should cover. Please remember to include a link to the original story if you summarize. Click ‘Choose File’ under the ‘Send a text document’ box to send a file as your submission. Our editing staff will edit your submission and contact you with the time and link for your post.” For more information, write info@socialjusticesolutions.org. SJS also accepts submissions via its Facebook page: Facebook.com/socialjusticesolutions.

Source: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/

Thanks to the Surviving Spirit newsletter (Mike Skinner)

 

Five Upcoming Conferences to Mark on Your Calendar

As you are making plans for 2014, here are five conferences to keep on your radar screen. In chronological order, they are: The Tools for Change conference (March 7-8 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco) is offering early registration until February 7. For more information (including about scholarship opportunities) or to register, click here. Registration is open for the Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges, to be held April 25-27 at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California. For more information or to register, click here. To submit a scholarship application (due by February 11, 2014), click here. The Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media will take place August 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. For more information, click here. The annual conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), September 3-6, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle. A featured plenary session speaker will be award-winning civil rights attorney and author Susan Stefan. And the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) will host its annual conference in Atlanta October 13-14, with pre-conference institutes on October 11-12.

Sources: See the links above. 

 

Do You Have Good Videos About Places Where People Recover?

If you have good videos about peer-run services that help people recover, share them with your U.S. senators and representatives, urges Ray Bridge, policy director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. “Right now,” Bridge said, “we need to educate people in Congress, as well as the public, [about] what our organizations and peers do and why recovery matters.” Bridge offered a video about Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center in North Chesterfield, Virginia, as an example. The video is available by clicking here. (It is the first segment of a longer PBS television program.)

Source: http://www.ncmhr.org

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month). Because the third Monday of February is Presidents’ Day, the February call will take place on the fourth Monday, February 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT.The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The March 2014 call will be on Tuesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 pm. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The purpose of the call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogerssrogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers atsrogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October and/or November 2013 minutes or would like to pre-order the December and January minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 10, No. 7, January 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org