Monday
Sep292014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 2 - August 2014

Countdown to Alternatives 2014! 54 Days Left!
 
There are only 54 days left before Alternatives 2014, to be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014! Something new: Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director of Youth MOVE National, has just signed on to speak at the Saturday morning youth plenary. At age 15, Lacy and her five younger siblings were placed in foster care. Recipient of a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award, Lacy overcame abuse, multiple mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding her way to recovery. For information about other plenary session speakers, click here. For information about the virtual art exhibit and to submit your artwork, click here. To register, click here. For the registration form in Spanish, click here. To book your hotel room, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. For the SAMHSA scholarship application, click here; the deadline is Sept. 19. For the caucus application, click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

 
Clearinghouse Webinar on Systems Advocacy to Be Held Sept. 23, 2014
 
A 90-minute webinar on systems advocacy, entitled “Everybody at the Table: Changing the System One Step at a Time,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar, sponsored by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss systems advocacy best practices, including what kinds of advocacy non-profits may engage in; how to identify key legislators at the city, state, and national levels; how to create relationships with policymakers, administrators, and their staffs; how to develop policy positions; how to create a grassroots action committee; and how to work in coalition with other groups. The presentation will use current advocacy campaigns as illustrations. The presenters are Elisha Coffey, MSW, program manager of the Involved Consumer Action Network (I CAN) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP); and Adam Nester, MS, MHASP’s advocate for mental health systems and policy. Christa Burkett, Clearinghouse technical assistance coordinator, will moderate. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
 
 
Photography Collective Has Contributors from Around the World Who Have Behavioral Health Issues
 
The Broken Light Collective, an international group of photographers from 150 countries who have mental health conditions, was created by someone who found that photography eased her mental health symptoms. “It doesn’t matter how the photos come out,” Collective founder Danielle Hark told The New York Times (click here). “It’s a mindfulness process that brings me into my body. I’m not worrying about the past or the future, just looking through the lens.” The collective recently had its first live show, in New York City; the show, which can be viewed online (click here), ran through August 13.  
 
 
Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media
 
The Soros Justice Fellowships, a program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), is inviting applications for fellowships of up to $110,250 in two categories: advocacy and media. The deadline is Oct. 22, 2014. The 18-month advocacy fellowships “support the efforts of outstanding individuals – including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with important perspectives – to initiate innovative policy advocacy projects at the local, state, and national levels that will have a measurable impact on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” The 12-month media fellowships “support writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinct voices who propose to complete a media project for local, regional, or national markets and that engages the public and spurs debate on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” Guidelines and instructions are on the Open Society Foundations website:click here.

 
CSG Justice Center Provides Toolkit to Help Individuals with Forensic Backgrounds Find Employment
 
The Reentry and Employment Toolkit, published by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides information, tools, and educational resources for policymakers, practitioners, employers and job seekers that can be used to foster the growth of innovative reentry and workforce development partnerships, as well as to understand related legal and policy related issues. Sections include “Developing an Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategy” and “Addressing Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Criminal Records.” To learn more about the toolkit, click here.


Webinar on Digital Health and the Underserved to Be Held Sept. 3

A one-hour webinar entitled “Digital Health and the Underserved: Emerging Opportunities” will be hosted by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) Inc. on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET. “This CHCS webinar will highlight opportunities for digital health to positively impact vulnerable populations and provide examples of exciting new work being done in this area. Two leaders in the digital health field – StartUp Health and the Center for Care Innovations – will share insights on keys to success in this emerging field, with a focus on entrepreneurs, state policymakers, health care delivery systems, and payers. This webinar is the first in a two-part series, made possible through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.” Part 2 – “Digital Health Technology in Action: Front-Line Perspectives” – will take place on Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. To register, click here.

Source: http://www.chcs.org/resource/digital-health-underserved-emerging-opportunities/


Advocates Launch a World Suicide Prevention Day Campaign to Publicize the Lifeline

Advocates are working with government officials to get public transportation systems – airplanes, trains, buses, ferries – to announce over their speakers the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 – throughout the day on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10. The advocates write, “You can save a life by asking your local transportation systems to make the following one-minute announcement over the speaker systems: Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we're asking everyone to please pull out your cell phone. We're going to enter the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in our contact information. One in four people live with a mental health condition. This means that someone on this bus [or train, airplane or ferry], or someone you know, has probably had thoughts of suicide. We never know what another person is going through. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a number you can call if you have a friend, neighbor and co-worker who is really struggling and you are wondering how to be supportive. It's also a number you can call if you are ever in a crisis. Please enter this number into your cell phone. 1-800-273-8255. Once again, that number is 1-800-273-8255. You never know whose life you might save. It might even be your own. Thank you.” For more information, click here.

 
September Is National Recovery Month
 
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA has made available a variety of resources, which you can download by clicking here. These include a Media Outreach Toolkit (available by clicking here), and a number of links to other resources, including this one.

 
Two Webinars from the STAR Center Highlight Leadership and Self-Directed Care, Respectively
 
The STAR Center is offering two webinars in September. First, on Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, comes the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership, a webinar-based interview with Khatera Aslami-Templen, consumer empowerment manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services. To register, click here. Next, on Sept. 30, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, is a webinar on “The Life-Changing Power of Self-Directed Care and Peer Support. Self-direction was recently highlighted as a key initiative in a landmark guidance letter by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The presenters are Erme Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, WRAP facilitator, who heads the CRIF Self-Directed Care program at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), and Julie Schnepp and John Hamm, program participants. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
 

Webinar on Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals Is Sponsored by Peerlink NTAC
 
On Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. ET until 3 p.m. ET, Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is hosting “Employment over the Rainbow: Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals.” Peerlink NTAC writes: “This webinar is dedicated to discussing the barriers and challenges that LGBT peers face when seeking employment.” For more information or to register, click here.
 
 
Webinar on “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities” Is Sponsored by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center
 
Part 2 of “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities,” hosted by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, will take place on Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. (Part 1 took place on Aug. 27.) The two-part series focuses on the successful and innovative use of peers and peer support in state correctional facilities. The second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand such programs in correctional facilities. To register,click here.

 
SAMHSA Recognizes Honorees at 2014 Voice Awards
 
At the 2014 Voice Awards ceremony, on August 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration honored Dr. Jean Campbell, a longtime activist and researcher who has devoted a lifetime to the movement for social justice of individuals with mental health conditions. Jean received SAMHSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “advancing the recovery movement through consumer-focused research and evaluation.” Receiving Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards “for sharing their stories of recovery and working to improve public acceptance of people with behavioral health conditions” were Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director, Youth MOVE National; Matt Canuteson, assistant director, SAMSHA’s Statewide Family and Consumer Networks Technical Assistance Center; Greg Dicharry, director of youth empowerment, Magellan Health Services; Patrick Hendry, senior director, Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; and Toni Jordan, peer specialist, Queen of Peace Center, St. Louis. The Young Adult Leadership Award “for providing peer mentorship and sharing messages about wellness” was given to Sean Campbell. SAMHSA also honored members of the entertainment industry. For more information, click here.
 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening
 
The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse 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 September 2014 call will be on Tuesday, September 16, 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 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, April, May, June or July 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.
 
 
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 11, No. 2, August 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.
Friday
Aug292014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 1 July 2014

New Deadline for Alternatives 2014 Early Bird Registration: August 15!

Plenary Session Speakers Are Announced! Spanish Registration Form Is Available!

The deadline for Early Bird registration ($375) for Alternatives 2014 has been extended to August 15! The 28th annual Alternatives conference will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014. And something new: Alternatives 2014 is launching AlternaTalks – lively and inspiring 18-minute presentations from the speakers during the morning plenary sessions. These speakers, all of whom have lived experience, and have national and international reputations in the mental health advocacy arena, include (alphabetically) Khatera Aslami-TamplenGina CalhounLeah HarrisErme MaulaHarvey Rosenthal and Sharon Wise. There will also be a youth plenary, which will highlight the great work being done by the nation’s youth advocates to improve systems, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and help other young people experiencing mental health challenges. To register for the conference, visit https://sites.google.com/a/mhasp.org/alternatives-2014/registration. For the Registration Form in Spanish, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. (In addition, SAMHSA will be awarding some scholarships, and the application process will be announced soon.) The deadline to apply for a caucus is August 15. For the caucus application, click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

 

Provide Feedback on SAMHSA's "Leading Charge 2.0" by August 18, 2014

" 'Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018’ is ready for your feedback,” the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration writes. “This strategic plan outlines work to increase the awareness and improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders, promote emotional health and wellness and the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, increase access to effective treatment, and support recovery. An important component of the plan is the prioritization of six Strategic Initiatives and the linkages between these initiatives and SAMHSA’s policy, programmatic, and financial planning. At its core, this plan offers a framework for planning around common categories of initiatives that enable cross-collaboration and organization of SAMHSA’s work.” To download “Leading Change 2.0,” click here. To provide feedback, click here.

BRSS TACS Offers First Friday Technical Assistance Calls with Experts

BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) hosts a monthly “Adobe Connect” technical assistance call on the first Friday of each month. The next call will take place TOMORROW, August 1, 2014, on “Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Supports for Women.” Participants can join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. You need to download Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event. For more information or to register, click here.

 

iNAPS Seeks Responses to its Survey of Education, Compensation, and Satisfaction

The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is conducting a survey of peer support provider education, compensation, and satisfaction. There are two versions of the survey: one for peer support practitioners and the other for agencies/organizations that provide peer support services. “Peer support,” the iNAPS website notes, “is being provided in many different ways in different states, in different settings, and at different organizational levels for different populations. It has evolved so quickly and in so many different directions that it is hard to get a clear picture of what peer support is really like in the workforce in 2014.” The survey has been created to get a clearer picture. For more information or to help disseminate or participate in the survey, click here. Responses are due by Aug. 31.

 

National Wellness Week Initiative Seeks Creative Work

As part of National Wellness Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014, you are invited to submit a piece of original creative work expressing what wellness means in your life and for your communities. Submissions are due by August 29. This initiative is hosted by Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center. For more information, click here.

 

Suicide Attempt Survivors Publish Recommendations on Reducing Suicide Attempts and Deaths

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has published a white paper written by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force. It’s called “The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience,” and it covers recommendations based on evidence-based practices for ways to reduce suicide attempts and deaths. “The Way Forward,” according to the group’s co-leaders, “is an opportunity to benefit from the lived experience of suicide attempt survivors. Many of its recommendations are derived from evidence-based practices, and several are aspirational. All are grounded in the evidence of recovery and resiliency that is clear in the lives of our Task Force members. Viewing suicide prevention through the lens of the eight core values presented in ‘The Way Forward’ can help us enhance safety while also bringing hope and meaning to those in suicidal despair.” The document is available for free download at this link.

 

Two Upcoming Webinars in August Focus on Youth and Asian Communities, Respectively

On August 6, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, SAMHSA’s ADS Center will host a webinar entitled “Diverse Promising Practices for Engaging Youth Before and During Times of Emotional Distress: Youth, Family and School Perspectives.” “How do we create safe and supportive communities that engage youth? How can young people, their parents, and school districts support student well-being? These questions and others will be explored as we hear diverse perspectives on creating communities where youth feel safe and accepted.” For more information or to register, click here. And, on August 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, the STAR Center will host a webinar entitled “Engaging Asian, South Asian & Pacific Islander Communities.” The presenters will be Chacku Mathai, CPRP, director of the STAR Center; Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, founder and president of ASHA International, and Can Truong, consultant, Can Consulting. For registration information, please contact tnaranjo@nami.org.

 

New Initiative Seeks to Spread Messages of Hope

The Project Hope Exchange is collecting 30-second messages of hope from survivors of various kinds of adversity to share with others in the same boat. According to the Project Hope Exchange website, “We at the Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and Life Vest Inside [are] thrilled to be partnering to offer you this unique and powerful opportunity. Through Project Hope Exchange, we are collecting, aggregating and sharing 30-second audio messages FROM individuals who have survived some kind of adversity to others who are currently facing that same adversity. And at the heart of our exchange are real human voices. We hope you’ll add yours!” Click here for a video to see how it works. To leave a message of hope, call the Project Hope Exchange HopeLine: 1-855-975-HOPE (4673).

 

“The Myth of Mental Illness and Gun Violence” Appears in Forbes 

A piece published on June 28 in Forbes (click here) reports on a new article in the Annals of Epidemiology (click here) that “pulls together the facts we need to consider if we really want to adopt evidence-based policies to reduce random gun violence.” The Forbes piece quotes Jeffrey W. Swanson, a Duke University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry and lead author of the Annals of Epidemiology article, saying “but even if schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression were cured, our society’s problem of violence would diminish by only about 4 percent.” Said the Forbes author, “That is not very much. When people with mental illness do act violently it is typically for the same reasons that people without mental illness act violently. If you take comfort … in the myth we can attenuate gun violence by fixing our broken mental health care delivery system then it is time once again to be afraid.”

 

Mark Your Calendars for Five Upcoming National Conferences!

Following is information about three national conferences coming up in September and two in October! First is the Annual Rights Conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), to be held Sept. 3-6, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, in Seattle. The registration form, including a list of the conference keynote speakers, is available if you click here. Mental Health America will hold its annual conference Sept. 10-12, 2014, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. For more information, click here. NYAPRS will hold its annual conference at the Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., Sept. 17-19, 2014. For more information, click here. And the 2014 national conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters will take place at the Sheraton Airport Gateway Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 13-14, 2014. For more information, click here. For more information about Alternatives 2014, Oct. 22-26, see the first item of this newsletter.

 

New White Paper on Employment and Mental Health Conditions Recommends Policy Fixes

This month, NAMI came out with a white paper making recommendations to improve the employment rate for individuals with mental health conditions. The document, Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, which notes that the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, highlights model programs around the country and proposes model legislation for states. To download a free copy of the report, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://tinyurl.com/ksumkl5 or enter “Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness” into Google.

 

Partnership Between the Mental Health and Faith Communities Is Launched

On July 11, more than 40 national mental health and religious leaders launched the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, which will help train the religious community about behavioral health issues and educate psychiatrists about the role that spirituality may play in recovery. “This partnership recognizes that what’s important is the health of the whole person,” said former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a participant in the dialogue. “With this partnership, faith and mental health leaders will be better equipped to understand the totality of an individual’s needs and values.” For more information, click here.

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse 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 August 2014 call will be on Monday, August 18, 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 September call will take place the third Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.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.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, April, May, June or July 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 

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 11, No. 1, July 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.

Wednesday
Jul302014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 12 - June 2014

Deadline for Submitting Alternatives 2014 Presentation Proposals Extended to July 7!

Register Now for the Conference!

The deadline to submit proposals for Alternatives 2014 workshops and institutes has been extended to Monday, July 7! If you have not yet submitted your proposal(s), this will give you another week! To submit proposals, click here. To register for the conference, click here. The deadline for Early Bird registration ($375) is August 8! Alternatives 2014 is the oldest national conference organized by and for individuals with psychiatric histories. The conference will be held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 22-26, 2014. To book a room at the Caribe Royale, click here. The conference theme is “Creating the Future: Change, Challenge, Opportunity.”

Source: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org

 

“The Myth of Mental Illness and Gun Violence” Appears in Forbes

A piece published on June 28 in Forbes (click here) reports on a new article in the Annals of Epidemiology (click here) that “pulls together the facts we need to consider if we really want to adopt evidence-based policies to reduce random gun violence.” The Forbes piece quotes Jeffrey W. Swanson, a Duke University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry and lead author of the Annals of Epidemiology article, saying “but even if schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression were cured, our society’s problem of violence would diminish by only about 4 percent.” Said the Forbes author, “That is not very much. When people with mental illness do act violently it is typically for the same reasons that people without mental illness act violently. If you take comfort … in the myth we can attenuate gun violence by fixing our broken mental health care delivery system then it is time once again to be afraid.” The Forbes piece is also available at the source below.

Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2014/06/28/the-myth-of-mental-illness-and-gun-violence/

 

Webinar on Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services to Be Hosted by MHA

Mental Health America (MHA) is hosting a webinar entitled “Organizational Considerations for Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services” on Friday, July 11, at 3 p.m. ET. MHA writes: “Please join us as we explore the evolution of this emerging workforce. We will look at the growth of Peer Support since its inception and track through to the present day status of adult, family, and youth Peer Support. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the organizational considerations that are crucial to the successful implementation of these three unique models of Peer Support.” For more information and for instructions for joining the webinar, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/events/july-11-webinar-peer-support-services

 

StoryCorps Seeks to Record the Experiences of Individuals with Disabilities

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015, StoryCorps is launching a project to encourage individuals with disabilities to record and share their lived experience. The initiative, called the Disability Visibility Project, will allow people in San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta to record their stories; the StoryCorps MobileBooth will make it possible for individuals in communities across the country to participate. The project will operate between July 10 and Dec. 13, 2014. “The history of people with disabilities rarely appears in textbooks,” Alice Wong, who is in charge of the initiative, told Disability Scoop. “I’ve had the good fortune to meet so many fascinating and amazing people with disabilities who have been fighting for disability rights for decades. I believe their stories and the stories of everyday Americans with disabilities should be preserved.” For information about how to participate, click here. NPR’s “Morning Edition” frequently features StoryCorps recordings.

Source: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/06/16/storycorps-disability/19443/

 

AAPD Offers Interfaith Guide to Promote Inclusion in Faith-Based Organizations

AAPD has published an online edition of “That All May Worship,” which the organization describes as “an interfaith guide to transforming any congregation into a place that values, includes, and enjoys children and adults with all types of disabilities.” According to the AAPD website, “Over 70 thousand printed copies of this guide have been sold since the first edition was published 20 years ago. We are proud to now offer a free updated electronic edition of this popular guide.” The guide is available by clicking here.

Source: http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/interfaith/

 

Bazelon Publishes Report on Health Care Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Strategies

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a report on effective outreach and health care coverage enrollment strategies for individuals with serious mental health conditions. “Making the Connection: Meeting Requirements to Enroll People with Mental Illnesses in Healthcare Coverage” explains how these strategies help individuals with serious mental health conditions get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. States can use the strategies outlined in this report to help people enroll. The report is available for free download by clicking here.

Source: http://www.bazelon.org/

 

Seclusion and Restraint in Schools May Be Underreported

According to an analysis by the nonprofit news agency ProPublica, schools in the U.S. reported more than 267,000 instances of seclusion and restraint. However, this figure may be low, especially since the three largest school districts in the U.S. – New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – reported no instances in the 2011-2012 school year (the year analyzed). Three-quarters of the students who were restrained had disabilities, according to federal officials. The ProPublica article – which includes numerous links to additional information, including suggestions for reporters on how to cover seclusion and restraint, is available by clicking here.

Source: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/06/20/schools-underreporting-restraint/19457/

 

Mark Your Calendars for Three National Conferences in September

Three national conferences in September are approaching fast! First is the Annual Rights Conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), to be held Sept. 3-6, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, in Seattle. The registration form, including a list of the conference keynote speakers, is available if you click here. Mental Health America will hold its annual conference Sept. 10-12, 2014, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. For more information, click here. And NYAPRS will hold its annual conference at the Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., Sept. 17-19, 2014. For more information, click here.

Sources: http://www.narpa.org

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

http://www.nyaprs.org

 

Two New Offerings Come from Pathways Research and Training Center 

Pathways Research and Training Center, which aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions, is offering a webinar and a new publication. The one-hour webinar, “Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues,” will be held Aug. 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET. It will feature a young adult perspective on involvement in services and will include recommendations for bridging service gaps as well as strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of transition-age youth with mental health conditions. To register, click here. Pathways has also recently come out with a publication on youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions, available by clicking here.

Source: http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/index

 

White Paper on Peer Leadership and Workforce Development Is Available for Free Download

A 31-page white paper by Pamela Hardin, Jen Padron and Dr. Ron Manderscheid suggests that creating “a national Lived Experience Workforce Development plan can establish and legitimize the lived experienced service provider as a healthcare occupation and should be recognized by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) as a billable healthcare provider category through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and managed care organizations (MCO).” To read more and to download the paper, click here or on the source below.

Source: http://jenpadrondotcom.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/white-paper-us-peer-leadership-and-workforce-development/

 

Café TA Center Completes Its Recovery Stories Series, All Available for Free Download

The Café TA Center has completed its seven-part series of interviews with individuals with lived experience talking about recovery. All of the videos are available for free by clicking here. “The Café TA Center is pleased to release the seventh and final video in its Recovery Stories series. In this segment, people with lived experience speak out about what they think the world needs to know about recovery. While recovery is a familiar concept for people in the peer support movement, those outside the behavioral health community might not understand the value and effectiveness of the recovery model, and how the notion of recovery can provide the hope and empowerment that more traditional treatment approaches lack.”

Source: http://cafetacenter.net

 

USA Today Has Released a Major Series Covering Mental Health Issues

“Stigma against the mentally ill is so powerful that it’s been codified for 50 years into federal law and few outside the health system even realize it.” So begins a multi-part story, entitled “Cost of Not Caring: Stigma Set in Stone,” published by USA Today on June 25, 2014, and available by clicking on this link. This story follows another long piece, entitled “Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go,” published on May 12 and available by clicking here. According to the source below, the series will conclude with “solutions that have the potential to dramatically improve patients’ lives.” The publication invites readers to join the conversation at #mentalhealthstigma.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/25/usa-today-mental-health-america-series/11334699/

 

Mad in America to Host International Film Festival

Mad in America (MIA) will host an International Film Festival, which “will bring together an international collective of voices, perspectives, and artistic presentations that explore, question, and challenge psychiatric care today, and highlight promising alternative treatment approaches from around the world,” according to information on the MIA blog (click here). The festival, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass., Oct. 9-12, 2014, will also feature Elizabeth Kenny’s acclaimed one-woman play, “Sick,” live musical performances, and other events. For more information, see the source below.

Source: http://madinamericainternationalfilmfestival.com/

 

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 July 2014 call will be on Tuesday, July 15, 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 August call will take place the third Monday, August 18, 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.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, April, or 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. 12, June 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.

Webinar on Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services to Be Hosted by MHAMental Health America (MHA) is hosting a webinar entitled “Organizational Considerations for Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services” on Friday, July 11, at 3 p.m. ET. MHA writes: “Please join us as we explore the evolution of this emerging workforce. We will look at the growth of Peer Support since its inception and track through to the present day status of adult, family, and youth Peer Support. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the organizational considerations that are crucial to the successful implementation of these three unique models of Peer Support.” For more information and for instructions for joining the webinar, click on the source below.

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.

 

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