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The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on mental health and consumer issues. In an effort to keep you informed and to respond to your needs, we update our Web site regularly. Look here first to find the latest additions to our site.


New Grant Opportunities from SAMHSA!

Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) State/Tribal Expansion

Application Due Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $680,000

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH State/Tribal Expansion. The purpose of this program is to expand the implementation of Project LAUNCH systems improvement and wellness promotion/ prevention services into new communities within states and tribes that have completed a Project LAUNCH five-year grant. The goals of this expansion grant are to...

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SAMHSA Grant Opportunity: Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative

New Grant Opportunities

12/15/2014 04:11 PM EST

Application Due Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: From $318,543 to $2,472,608 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS 2015). The SPF-PFS program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

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Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Funding Opportunity

The Center for Social Innovation

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Funding Opportunity

2015 Peer Health Reform Education Efforts

"In September 2011, the Center for Social Innovation (C4) was contracted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to operate the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), which promotes widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people with substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and/or co-occurring disorders.
To support BRSS TACS’s efforts to bring recovery-oriented policies, practices, and infrastructure developments to scale within the context of health reform, C4 is requesting capabilities statements from Peer-Run Organizations/Recovery Community Organizations (PRO/RCOs) to carry out health reform education efforts specific to PRO/RCOs and individuals with addiction and mental health needs."




Two Events to Be Hosted by the Clearinghouse

Please join us on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET, for our monthly national networking teleconference, and on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, for a webinar on psychiatric advance directives. Please see the details below, in chronological order.

On Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. ETnoon CT11 a.m. MT10 a.m. PT, the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse will host its monthly national technical assistance and networking teleconference, facilitated by Clearinghouse director Susan Rogers. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. If you would like to suggest an agenda item, please e-mail Susan Rogers with "Agenda" in the subject line. The purpose of the calls is for consumer/survivor/ex-patient activists from around the U.S. to acquire and share information, and "network." 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; this will make it easier to provide participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! One more reminder: If you are participating in the call, please do not put the call on "hold" for any reason, because that will put EVERYONE on hold! If you need to leave the call for a few minutes, just leave your phone on mute (*6 both mutes and unmutes your phone) and come back when you're ready. Join us! If you would like a copy of any of the available previous minutes (beginning with July 2013), please email Looking forward to talking with you Monday!

The Clearinghouse is sponsoring a 90-minute webinar on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET1 p.m. CTnoon MT11 a.m. PT9 a.m. in Hawaii. The webinar, entitled "Psychiatric Advance Directives: Why and How to Use this Vital Recovery Tool," will feature presentations by Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, and Adam Nester, public policy manager at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. PADs are a legal health care tool that outlines the preferences of an individual with a mental health condition in regard to treatment, and designates a trusted advocate to make decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated. This webinar will help individuals with a mental health condition, family members, and mental health providers to understand and utilize this important recovery tool. For more information or to register, click here.


The Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment: Fellowship Programs Call for Nominations

Fellowship Programs

Call For Nominations
We are pleased to solicit nominations for the Center for Dignity Recovery and Empowerment Fellowship Program funded by counties through the California Mental Health Authority (CalMHSA). 25 fellowships will be awarded to emerging leaders in the field of mental health and recovery from the U.S. and abroad.

Eligibility: Passionate, emerging leaders who utilize innovative approaches to mobilize/contribute to their communities for the advancement of mental health wellness, emphasizing dignity, recovery and empowerment. Leaders should currently be working on or piloting specific projects that address positive wellness and recovery in their community (e.g. mental health stigma reduction, suicide prevention, culturally responsive practices, spirituality). They will need to commit to this project for one year under the mentorship of prominent leaders in the field and with the support of other fellows*.


  • 1-3 years of experience working in the field of mental health and recovery;
  • Demonstrated leadership initiative and skills
  • Demonstrated capacity and local opportunity
  • Current involvement on a specific project they have developed or are working on that demonstrates an innovative and unique approach for solving existing mental health-related issues in their community. Involvement on newly proposed pilot projects (to be developed during time frame with the support of an organization) also meets this requirement.

For more information, download our FAQ Sheet,

Description of the Fellowship Program: The Center’s one-year leadership development program prepares emerging community leaders to become transformational leaders, creating significant and innovative improvements within their communities related to mental health wellness and recovery.

Selected fellows will participate in:

Tools for Change Forum 2015. The program will be a one day pre-conference forum on February 17, 2015 and prior to the International Together against Stigma Conference being held  February 18- 20 2015 in San Francisco. Through a series of interactive workshops, small group work and a workshop presentation during the two-day conference, fellows will: 1) strengthen their leadership skills in such areas as advocacy, system change, and community engagement; 2) work on leadership strategy for activating their communities in regard to their specific projects; and 3) establish networks and mentor/mentee relationships with prominent leaders in the field of mental health and recovery.

Project implementation under the mentorship of established leaders.  As a follow-up, fellows will work with prominent mentors over the course of the year to implement their specific projects to enhance and reach the wider community, while also involving and collaborating with other change agents in their communities.

Community of Practice. Using social media, webinars and e-learning activities, fellows will share findings, successes and challenges of their respective projects.

Nomination Procedures and Format:  The nominator should complete the nomination form and submit required materials on the on-line application form  or by December 15, 2014:

1)    One-page cover letter describing the nominee’s strengths and contributions, and why the nominee is a good fit for the Fellowship Program;

2)    CV or resume of nominee;

3)    Description of current innovative project that the nominee is pursuing in the community (1 page);

4)    3 references

Nominations will be reviewed by Selection Committee, with final candidates being selected and notified by January 5th, 2015.

For more information, download our FAQ sheet, or email us at

*Individuals representing or working in diverse, unserved and/or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.