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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.


Join the Clearinghouse for a webinar on Dec 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: Why and How to Use this Vital Recovery Tool

Register now!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is sponsoring a 90-minutewebinar on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET1 p.m. CTnoon MT11 a.m. PT

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. 

The webinar 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. 

Topics that will be covered include how to complete a PAD for yourself or with a family member or service participant, and providing greater clarity to individuals with mental health conditions and trusted advocates (often family members) as to their roles in advance mental health care planning.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Legal Action Center Webinar - October 8 


UPDATE: Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview - 2014 Update

Updated report of programs to train and certify peer specialists across the country. Compiled by the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health.

Kaufman, L., Brooks, W., Bellinger, J., Steinley-Bumgarner, M., & Stevens-Manser, S. 2014.

View the document on the Web - - or download it below.


iNAPS Free Webinar - September 26

Free Webinar 15: Emerging Roles in Peer Support – Supporting Employment and Educational Recovery

Learn more here: or scroll down.


Sept. 26, 2014 – Noon-1 p.m. EDT
(11 a.m. – Noon CDT, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. PDT)

Lyn Legere

Presenter: Lyn Legere

Lyn, a nationally known presenter and consultant, has collaborated on the development of several curricula aimed at increasing peoples’ awareness and confidence in supporting this important area of recovery.

Join Lyn Legere this Friday as she explores important emerging roles for peer supporters. Supported employment and education is rapidly gaining attention as systems transform to a recovery orientation.

Lyn’s presentations are always fascinating, informative and full of good humor.

To join the webinar:

  1. Click the link to access the webinar:

(If requested, enter your name and email address.)

  1. Click “Join”. (If the “join” button does not turn green when you first access the page, you may have to wait a few minutes and then refresh your screen).

3.  To join the audio portion of the webinar: provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

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Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:

US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

 If you have not previously participated in one of our webinars (made possible through the generous assistance of Optum Behavioral Health Services) please log in about ten minutes early to be certain you have downloaded the proper software. If you have not, you will be prompted to do so. The download is quick, free and easy!!!

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Looking for a Past Webinar?

Did you miss any of the previous webinars? You can view the slides for early webinars and links to those that were recorded here.

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Live Stream: The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice

Watch the Live-Stream of RLS 18: “The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice”

AUSTIN, Texas—On September 8, 2014, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will be live-streaming the plenary speeches from its 18th biennial Robert Lee Sutherland Seminar, “The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice.” The live-stream will be available at

The speakers—Patricia Deegan, Annelle Primm, Larry Davidson, and Chacku Mathai—are nationally recognized experts in the field of mental health recovery. 

“These aren’t just the stars in the field. They’re profoundly humane, wise people, who speak from the heart,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “To have them all together, in the same place on the same day, presents a rare opportunity for anyone interested in the topic of recovery.”

The schedule of the live-stream is:

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Michele Guzmán, PhD

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA
“You Can’t Be Person-Centered Without Being Recovery-Oriented”

Patricia Deegan, PhD
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Personal Medicine, Power Statements, and Other Disruptive Innovations”

Annelle Primm, MD, MPH
“Transforming the Mental Health Workforce Through Recovery to Practice”

Larry Davidson, PhD
“What Everyone Needs to Know About the Evidence Base for Mental Health Recovery”

Chacku Mathai, CPRP
“The Evolving Role of Peer Support in Health Care”

More about the speakers: 

Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Deegan, who draws on her own perspective of recovery from schizophrenia as
a teenager, is the creator of CommonGround, a web-based application that helps consumers prepare for visits with mental health practitioners in order to better advocate for their treatment and recovery. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College School of Medicine and Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Annelle Primm is the Deputy Medical Director and director of the Office of Diversity and Health Equity for the American Psychiatric Association. As a part of the APA/AACP Recovery to Practice Project Team, she serves as the RTP Director of the APA.

Dr. Larry Davidson serves as the director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health and is a professor of psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the project director of the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Chacku Mathai is the director of systems transformation initiatives for NAMI. His personal experiences as a youth and young adult in mental health and addiction recovery in New York launched Chacku and his family toward a number of efforts to advocate for improved services and alternative supports in the community.

For those interested in participating in the conversation on Twitter, the hashtags are going to be #RLS18 and #recovery. 

For more information, contact: Daniel Oppenheimer, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 512-471-9142,
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