Key Update: July 2012
Volume 9, Number 1


News and Alerts

Several Exciting Mental Health Conferences Are on the Horizon!

There are a number of exciting training and networking opportunities that are coming up in the next few months! Broad and intensive coverage of the role of peers in helping individuals with mental health conditions work toward recovery will be central to two back-to-back national conferences, both in Philadelphia. Wellness Solutions 1.0: Uncensored Innovation http://www.thehopeconcept.com/wellness-solutions-1-0/ will take place Sept. 4-5, 2012; the Sixth Annual National Peer Specialist Conference http://naops.org/id35.html, sponsored by the National Association of Peer Specialists, will take place Sept. 6-8, 2012. The annual conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) http://www.narpa.org/ is scheduled for the same time slot: Sept. 5-8, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio. Alternatives 2012 http://www.alternatives2012.info/ , the oldest annual conference organized by and for individuals with lived experience, is slated for Oct. 10-14, 2012, in Portland, Ore.; the Early Bird Registration deadline has been extended to August 23! The 2012 Zarrow National Mental Health Symposium http://www.fromhousingtorecovery.org/, to be held Sept. 19-21 in Tulsa, Okla., is the annual conference of Mental Health America. And the International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry (ISEPP) conference http://psychintegrity.org/2012-conference/ will be held Nov. 2-3 in Philadelphia.

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Ad Campaign Seeks Those with Smoking-Related Disabilities to Share Their Stories

If you are a former smoker with a smoking-related disability such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, or a heart condition, or a nonsmoker who has suffered because of secondhand smoke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be interested in your story for its “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. To qualify, you must be a nonsmoker or have been tobacco-free for at least six months, have a doctor who is willing to sign a legal statement indicating that tobacco caused or contributed to your health condition, and be able to travel to the location for filming in October 2012; your expenses will be paid. Qualified participants can earn $2,500. If you are interested and think you might qualify, see details at the source below. Please do not respond to the contact information on the flyer; use the following contact information instead: cdc.casting@gmail.com, or 310-691-9487.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org/resources/view.php?resource_id=789
Courtesy of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

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SAMHSA’s ADS Center Offers Free Webinar on Employment

A free webinar – “The Role of Employment in Recovery and Social Inclusion: An Integrated Approach” – is being offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (SAMHSA’s ADS Center). Registration for the webinar – to be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET – will remain open through the day of the event. The presenters are Virginia Selleck, Ph.D., chief clinical officer of Places for People in St. Louis, Mo.; Chacku Mathai, CPRP, associate executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services; and Donita Diamata, project coordinator for both Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center in Portland, Ore., and Project OPEN, which trains employment peer mentors. Questions? Contact SAMHSA’s ADS Center (800-540-0320, promoteacceptance@esi-dc.com), or click on the source below.

Source: http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/archive/training/teleconference08142012.aspx

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How Savvy Are You About the Affordable Care Act? Find Out!

The Kaiser Family Foundation has developed a 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law that was recently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Find out how you compare to the rest of the country in your knowledge of the law by clicking on the source below to take the quiz.

Source: http://healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/health-reform-quiz.aspx
Courtesy of NYAPRS E-news

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SAMHSA Launches New Rating Feature on Its Publication Website

SAMHSA has launched a new feature that lets you comment on and rate SAMHSA products. A SAMHSA spokesperson writes: “In our continued effort to gather stakeholder feedback that will drive improvement of our services to the behavioral health community, SAMHSA has implemented a feature that will allow site visitors to rate products on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Customers are also able to submit written comments discussing their experience using a product or its information. SAMHSA plans to use this feedback to inform future product development.” For more information, click on the source below.

Source: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USSAMHSA-4af01a

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Bazelon Center Guide to Help States Expand Medicaid Is Available; New Study Indicates Medicaid Expansion May Lower Death Rates

Following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to largely uphold the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is offering a 20-page guide – “Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” available at the following link: http://bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=cwAuDZLEmQI%3d&tabid=627 – to help advocates, providers and state leaders improve health coverage and mental health services. “Now is the time to help state leaders understand the benefits of expanding Medicaid eligibility,” the Bazelon Center writes. At the same time, a recent study by Harvard researchers – published in the New England Journal of Medicine online – has found that when more individuals living in poverty received health insurance as a result of expanded Medicaid coverage, fewer people died, The New York Times reported.

Sources: http://bazelon.org/What-You-Can-Do/Take-Action/Alerts/Alerts-Archive/7.18.12-Action-Alert-Medicaid-Expansion-Guide-.aspx

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/health/policy/medicaid-expansion-may-lower-death-rate-study-says.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

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Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary Toolkit Is Available at No Cost

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center and its State Leadership Network have released its “ADA Anniversary Toolkit,” which can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.adaanniversary.org/. The kit features the latest news, resources, research findings, and statistics on the ADA and other accessibility legislation. Organizations can use the tips on writing news releases, proclamations, and other acknowledgements to celebrate this important day. The kit and website at the source below also feature videos and postcards to share with the community.

Source: http://www.adaanniversary.org
Courtesy of Mary Blake

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NEC Wants Your Help in Better Meeting Your Social Media Needs

The National Empowerment Center (NEC) has developed a short survey – available at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MF8YV3Z – “designed to help NEC gain an understanding of how peers and peer-run organizations are using social media and online tools.” NEC will also use this information to get a sense of how to best meet the technical assistance needs of peers and peer-run organizations. Please respond by August 10. NEC’s webinar entitled, “Get Social! Using Social Media to Advance Your Mission, Raise Awareness, and Provide Peer Support,” is archived at the following link: http://www.power2u.org/information-technology.html

Source: http://www.power2u.org

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NYAPRS Seeks Personal Stories of the Impact of Culture on Recovery

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Cultural Competence Committee invites individuals from anywhere in the United States and “of any race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression in recovery from psychiatric disabilities and/or co-occurring substance use disorders to share their stories and the impact culture has played in their recovery. Providers of behavioral health services are also encouraged to share their stories.” To participate in the new project – “Culture Matters in My Life Journey” – see the source below for details. Stories will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2012, and should be submitted to Teena Brooks at teenab@nyaprs.org along with a completed consent form, available at the source below.

Source: http://www.nyaprs.org/cultural-competence/culture-matters-campaign.cfm

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“There’s an App for That”: Free Apps Help People Deal with Mental Health Conditions

Free applications for smart phones and other technology are increasingly becoming available to help individuals with mental health and/or substance use conditions. A recent article posted on empowher.com offers information on three such apps: for mothers experiencing postpartum depression, for individuals in recovery from substance use conditions, and for veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The award-winning PTSD Coach mobile app, available at http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/PTSDCoach.asp , offers reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work, as well as tools for screening and tracking symptoms, skills for managing stress, and direct links to support. The postpartum depression app, available at http://ppdgone.com/, includes a helpline as well as other resources. For individuals with substance use issues, http://ipromises.org/ offers to help them “create a virtual community of peer support.”

Source: http://www.empowher.com/mental-health/content/need-some-mental-health-support-theres-app

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Los Angeles “Housing First” Project More Than Paid for Itself, Study Finds

A study of Project 50, a program that provides housing to homeless individuals without requiring them to be clean and sober first, indicates that municipalities can save money by employing this “Housing First” approach, which is based on the idea that people need stable housing before they can address their mental health and/or substance use issues. The researchers, who compared 50 individuals who moved into apartments with a similar group who did not participate in the program, reported that the Housing First approach showed a net savings of $238,700 between 2008 and 2010. (This figure is the difference between the $3.045 million invested in Project 50 and the $3.284 million in savings in this two-year period.) Program participants were no longer going in and out of emergency rooms, shelters and jails, which generated savings, according to the report, available at the following link: http://zev.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Project-50-Cost-Effectiveness-report-FINAL-6-6-12.pdf.

Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/08/local/la-me-0608-homeless-savings-20120608
Courtesy of Ron Berman

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New Delaware Law to Improve How Emergency Psychiatric Evaluations Are Handled

On July 24, 2012, Delaware’s governor signed a bill that will allow individuals in a mental health crisis to be evaluated by credentialed screeners in the community and referred to appropriate services, rather than being hauled away by police in handcuffs to a hospital for evaluation, which is the current system. (The new protocol will be phased in starting in January 2013.) An article posted on Delaware Online reports on the odyssey of William Jenkins, 68, who was detained at an inpatient psychiatric facility for 15 days after making a call to the Virginia firm from which he buys diabetes supplies. Something he said alarmed the operator who fielded his call; the operator then called Delaware emergency officials, who sent police to take him into custody, in handcuffs. Naturally upset by this experience, Jenkins contacted Bryce Hewlett, executive director of the Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition, the statewide peer advocacy network. Hewlett, who was invited by Governor Markell to facilitate the signing session, told Delaware Online, “I hope that with the screeners, people are diverted to care that will help them more ably.” The change in the screening law was one of the first recommendations of Robert Bernstein, executive director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, who is the court-appointed monitor of state reforms at the Delaware Psychiatric Center, the article reported.

Source: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120725/NEWS02/307250031/Mental-health-bill-signed

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You Are Invited to a Monthly National Networking Teleconference!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse invites you to participate in our monthly national networking teleconferences, which usually take place the third Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central Time, 11 a.m. Mountain Time, and 10 a.m. Pacific Time. (If the third Monday is a national holiday, the call will take place the fourth Monday.) The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the passcode is 5037195#. The purpose of the call is for peer movement leaders from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! The next call will take place on Monday, August 20, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. 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 words “National Teleconference Agenda” in the subject line. IMPORTANT: If you join the call, please do not place it on “hold” because the “hold” function often triggers music or beeping that interferes with the ability of participants to hear. Thank you!

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

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Do You Operate, or Know of, a Warm Line?

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is assembling a list of warm lines around the country. If you operate or know of a warm line, please share this information with us by e-mailing info@mhselfhelp.org or calling 800-553-4539.

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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/contact, via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirctory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse Volume 9 No.1, July 2012, http://www.mhselfhelp.org

To subscribe send a message to: subscribe thekey. To unsubscribe send a message to: unsubscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, contact Susan Rogers at 215-751-1800 x288 or srogers@mhasp.org.