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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.


Mad In America International Film Festival

Mad In America's International Film Festival will be held October 9-12!

Below is a letter from Laura Delano, festival organizer:

Dear friend of Mad in America,

As you may know, MIA is putting on an International Film Festival from Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, October 12th in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.  We are hoping to spread the word far and wide to people across and beyond the United States, especially those who need time to make travel arrangements, and we are reaching out to you to help get the word out. 

You will find two attachments below about MIA’s Film Fest—one, a simple flyer with basic details, and the other, a more detailed letter.  If you could find the time to forward these attachments to any relevant listserves and networks you’re connected to, as well as to any colleagues, clients, or friends who you think might be interested in attending, we would be greatly appreciative!  

We are eager to bring together a broad, international audience of people committed to rethinking psychiatry along with our growing list of Festival speakers from across the United States, England, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada.  With four days of films, talks, panels, two live performances, and fun, lively social events, our Festival promises to be an informative and engaging event.  We are hoping you will help us get the word out about it.  We also hope you’ll attend!  For more information on ticketslodgingtravel, and how to support our Festival, please check out our website.

Thank you for your continued support of Mad in America, and for all the important work you do.  We hope to see you this fall in Arlington!

Best wishes,



Laura Delano

Festival Organizer

Mad in America's International Film Festival

October 9th-12th, 2014

Regent Theatre, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA


The Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference

June 22-25, 2014

Renaissance Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Register today, and save by booking your hotel room before May 30th 

TomorrowMay 1st, is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month; a month that calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

Hundreds of your colleagues from across the country have already registered for the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual ConferenceJune 22-25, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland, to invest in their own mental health and professional development, so they can more effectively help psychiatric rehabilitation consumers recover and lead healthier lives.

Kick off Mental Health Awareness Month by registering for the Recovery Workforce Summit – take the time to do something for yourself and rejuvenate:

  • All sessions and events are designed to make your job easier. 95% of the 2013 Annual Conference attendees found the conference to be a valuable use of their organization’s time and resources.
  • The keynote sessions will inspire you – sometimes during the day to day of our jobs we lose sight of the bigger picture. Senator Creigh Deeds and Dr. Linda Teplin will remind you why your profession is so essential.
  • Gather inspiration and ideas from industry leaders and colleagues in sessions and during networking events. 95% of 2013 Annual Conference attendees noted they would recommend the event to other psych rehab professionals.
  • Take the pressure off your continuing education requirements – you can choose from over 40 sessions to earn over 17 contact hours from 7 providers. Choose from total available hours from the following providers: CPRP=71.5; Psychology (APA)=46.5; Rehabilitation Counseling (CRCC)=52.5; Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NAADAC)=34.5; Social Work (ASWB)=54; Occupational Therapy (ASWB)=34.5; Counseling (NBCC)=33.
  • Have you been meaning to get started on earning your CPRP? We’ve made it easy. A complete CPRP Prep Course is included in a full conference registration.
  • Make it a mini-vacation: Connect with friends and meet new colleagues while enjoying the sites, entertainment, and restaurants in Baltimore.

Start off Mental Health Awareness Month by investing in your personal wellbeing and professional development. Make the decision to join hundreds of psych rehab professionals at all levels at the Recovery Workforce Summit by registering today.

View the Summit website for more details and the full schedule.

Need help persuading your organization to send you? Click for tips.

Questions? View the Summit website or contact us at or 703.442.2078

Build your brand and increase your exposure by becoming a Summit sponsor. View the 2014 Summit prospectus, or contact Anita Parker for more information.

*Continuing education hours subject to change.



Hill Day: Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill

"Capitol Hill Day is an important step in pursuing our legislative priorities and funding for recovery-oriented practice. Over 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders will participate to make a difference. Your advocacy efforts matter — face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy." - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association


Funding Announcement: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals

"The purpose of this program is to develop and expand the substance abuse and mental health workforce who, following their training, will focus on children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder.  Special emphasis is on training to meet the needs of transitional-age persons 16 to 25 years old who are at risk for mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, and among the least likely to seek continuous help. Applicants must emphasize prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for those at risk for engaging in harmful behaviors, including violence, and the involvement of families in the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions.

"HRSA, accepting applications for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is seeking to train a total of 1,800 additional behavioral health professionals and 1,700 paraprofessionals per year through this grant program."

Funding Opportunity Announcement


STAR Center Offers Two Webinars - April 2014