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The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 4 - October 2014

SAMHSA to Host Listening Session about the National Technical Assistance Centers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is holding a 90-minute “Listening Session” on Dec. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT. “SAMHSA is preparing to issue a new Request For Applications (RFA) based on funding availability for the National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) and is seeking input and feedback about the best strategies to meet the needs of consumers. The Listening Session will be held via conference call and interested parties can participate by using the following dial-in number: 1-800-857-9830; passcode: 8546198. We look forward to your input!”


Website Provides Reporters with Information – and You Can Be a Source

Help a Reporter Out (www.helpareporter.com) is a website reportedly used by thousands of journalists nationally to query members about a broad range of topics, including mental health and substance use issues. According to the website, “From The New York Times, to ABC News, to HuffingtonPost.com and everyone in between, nearly 30,000 members of the media have quoted HARO sources in their stories.” You can sign up to share your expertise for free by clicking here.

(Thanks to Ron Manderscheid and Leah Harris)


First Fridays with BRSS TACS: “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers”

On Nov. 7, BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) will host its next “First Friday” event, “an opportunity for participants to meet with national recognized leaders to discuss specific topics each month.” The November topic is “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers” and the experts are Beverly Haberle, MHS, LPC, CAADC, executive director of The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Tanya Stevens, director of peer services of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. The event takes place at noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. PT. Participants join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. “Please ensure that you have downloaded Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.


National Overview of Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs Is Available

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health has compiled a 2014 update of the “Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs” around the U.S. The 109-page report is available for free download by clicking here.


SAMHSA Offers a New Trauma Manual

SAMHSA’s new manual on trauma – “Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach” – “introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, [and] service sector can become trauma-informed,” SAMHSA writes. “It includes a definition of trauma (the three ‘E’s’), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four ‘R’s’), six key principles, and 10 implementation domains.” To download a free copy, click here.


National Council Seeks Nominations for 2015 Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards – honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories to educate and encourage community support; and the organizations that promote excellence and build healthy communities. We offer 17 different categories in which you can nominate yourself or an individual or organization you think deserves recognition in the fight against mental illnesses and addictions.” To apply, click here. For more information about how to apply, click hereThe deadline for nominations is November 19, 2014.


PRA Issues Call for Presentations for 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit

You are invited to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit, to be held June 1-4, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014. Something new: Submit a proposal for an “Ignite” session – a five-minute presentation, accompanied by slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds, that focuses on empowerment, choice, and/or freedom. For more information or to submit a presentation proposal,click here. For information about Ignite, click here and scroll down to “Submission Types”; “Ignite” is the second subhead. Questions? Contact info@psychrehabassociation.org or 703-442-2078.


SAMHSA’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan Is Available for Free Download

SAMHSA’s strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018 (Leading Change 2.0), “outlines six key Strategic Initiatives that SAMHSA will employ to meet new and existing goals, deliver on its mission, and realize its vision moving forward.” These Strategic Initiatives include Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Health Care and Health Systems Integration, Trauma and Justice, Recovery Support, Health Information Technology, and Workforce Development. To download a free copy of Leading Change 2.0, click here.


Free Videos and DVD of Stand Up For Mental Health: “Comics Creating Recovery One Laugh at a Time!” 

Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) is offering free videos and a DVD! SMH writes: “Founded by award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who himself has depression, Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health conditions as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Click here to watch dozens of SMH comics David has trained find the funny side of their recovery journeys. SMH, which was profiled in USA Today (click here and scroll down to Chapter 4) is also featured in the VOICE Award-winning documentary ‘Cracking Up.’” To watch a short clip of the documentary, click here. To get a free, full-length copy of the DVD, email david@standupformentalhealth.com.


Bazelon Center Has Published Its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is offering its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report for free download if you click here. “The Bazelon Center pursues a progressive mental health policy agenda (see Where We Stand and In Congress), particularly at the federal level, to reform systems and programs to protect the rights of children and adults with mental disabilities to lead lives with dignity in the community. Policy staff promote these goals in federal legislation and regulation, policy analysis and research, and technical assistance to state and local advocates.”


Suicides Rise Dramatically with Increasing Psychiatric Care

The more involvement people have with psychiatric care, the likelier it is that they will die by suicide, according to a Danish study. The study found that, compared to individuals who had had no psychiatric treatment in the previous year (and adjusting for other risk factors), people who take psychotropic medications are nearly six times more likely to die by suicide, and those who spent time in a psychiatric hospital in the previous year were more than 44 times more likely to die by suicide. According to an editorial about the study, its findings “raise the disturbing possibility that psychiatric care might, at least in part, cause suicide.” For more about the study, including links to the article in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, click here.


New Mobile App Helps People Understand Their Own and Others’ Moods

A new mobile app called “Moodies” helps users understand their own emotions and the emotions of those around them, according to Beyond Verbal, the app developer. According to a press release, the app extracts, decodes, and measures a full spectrum of human emotions from someone’s raw voice in real time as they speak, with the click of a button and about 20 seconds of speech. The app provides a running screen of results and allows users to share the resulting mood analysis through email or via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. “Moodies offers everyone a chance to analyze their own emotions by simply clicking a button on their smart phone device,” said the company CEO. For more information, click here.


Next National Networking Teleconference Is November 17 at 1 p.m. ET

The next monthly national networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse will be on Monday, November 17, 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 any of the available 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 toinfo@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. 4, October 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. To subscribe, please send a message to: subscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) orsrogers@mhasp.org.