The below links forwarded by Sara Kellogg (previously by Len Sandler of UI law school) are exceptional. They are helpful materials for those who are interested in the practice of consumer-run groups, psychiatric rehab, and practice guidelines of peer specialists under Medicaid (in PA). Dau-shen From the Temple University Collaborative New Documents available: o A Practical Guide for People With Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work o Facilitator’s Manual to A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work o The Roles of Peer Specialists in Promoting Competitive Employment A Practical Guide for People With Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work. Although a staggering number of individuals with mental health conditions do not work, competitive employment remains a vibrant goal for most, and the truth is that most people with mental health conditions are able to work successfully if they receive the supports they need. The Temple University Collaborative is proud to present “A Practical Guide for People With Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work,” designed for people with mental health conditions who want to return to successful careers. In fifteen brief and beautifully illustrated chapters, the Guide offers encouragement and vital information on the importance of work, the availability of rehabilitation programs, the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration’s work incentives, the challenges of starting a new job and grappling with disclosure, and strategies for long-term success at work – and more. Designed for those with mental health conditions to use on their own or as part of a return-to-work group in community mental health centers, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, or peer-run agencies, the Guide focuses on helping people to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The document can be found on our website here (http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/Toolkits_Monographs_Guidebooks/employment_circles_of_support/A_Practical_Guide_for_People_With_Mental_Health_Conditions_Who_Want_to_Work.pdf) Facilitator’s Manual: A Practical Guide for People With Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work The “Facilitator’s Manual” is designed to be used in conjunction with the Practical Guide to Employment to help counselor’s in community mental health centers, consumer self-help programs or psychiatric rehabilitation services (among other settings) who want to develop structured ways to use the Guide with groups of people with a mental health condition who are considering work. The Manual provides an overview of the demands of operating a ‘work-focused group’ and then provides a chapter-by-chapter set of exercises, suggestions, discussion questions and additional sources of information which group leaders will find helpful in structuring group activities around each of the Guide’s important topics. The guide can be found on our website here (http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/Toolkits_Monographs_Guidebooks/employment_circles_of_support/Facilitators_Manual.pdf). The Roles of Peer Specialists in Promoting Competitive Employment The roles that peer specialists can play in promoting competitive employment with the people they serve are delineated in this ‘Policy Guidance’ from the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (P/OMHSAS) to county mental health offices and community based programs. Because Pennsylvania ‘s peer specialist programs are Medicaid-funded, the Policy Guidance focuses on what types of employment-related services are and are not reimbursable under existing Medicaid guidelines, as well as approaches to documentation that can insure the delivery of appropriate services and supports in the vocational arena. The Policy Guidance can serve as a useful tool in other Medicaid-funded state settings. The guideline can be found here (http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/Toolkits_Monographs_Guidebooks/employment_circles_of_support/Final%20OMHSAS%20Policy%20Announcement.pdf). Len Sandler Clinical Professor of Law University of Iowa Judith Evans, Executive Director NAMI Florida, Inc 1030 E. Lafayette St. Tallahassee, Florida 32301 (850) 671-4445 (850) 671-5272 fax
By Laura Usher, NAMI CIT Program Manager
Increasingly NAMI Affiliates are noticing opportunities to use NAMI education and support programs to educate criminal justice professionals or individuals and families caught up in the criminal justice system. Judi Evans, executive director of NAMI Florida, says that courts in particular embrace NAMI programs when they see how much we have to offer. “NAMI has resources that courts desperately need.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer and
NAMI Connection are free, and counties often do not have peer support programs available for people involved in mental health courts.”
According to Evans, NAMI Peer-to-Peer is offered in conjunction with several mental health courts in Florida, and one judge even “orders” family members of court participants to attend the NAMI Family-to-Family course.
In addition to the efforts in Florida, many communities around the country use NAMI programs to reach new criminal justice audiences.
For example, NAMI New Mexico currently offers the NAMI Connection support group to prisoners in the general population at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. Jim Tritten, NAMI New Mexico’s Connection coordinator and state trainer, says that the prison environment does offer some unique challenges, but his hope is that NAMI Connection will prove a valuable addition to the prison and give NAMI New Mexico more opportunities to provide support and education to prisoners in the prison’s mental health unit.
NAMI South Carolina’s Director of Education Programs Betsey O’Brien reports offering Parents and Teachers as Allies to a County Juvenile Justice director and his staff, teaching them the early-onset signs of mental illness in children and adolescents. Early feedback from that training was extremely positive, and O’Brien it will open doors for further opportunities to work with the Department of Juvenile Justice, providing training to professionals and education and support to families in the juvenile justice system.
In Our Own Voice program is widely used as a component of CIT training for law enforcement officers to put a human face on mental illness and provide the perspective of an individual living with mental illness. Laura Usher, CIT program manager at NAMI says, “Many officers have only seen people in mental health crisis. It’s a new experience to talk with someone in recovery and to be able to ask questions.”
Evans, in Florida, says the benefits for individuals and families involved in the justice system participating in NAMI programs are huge. “I firmly believe in the power of education. It leads to less recidivism.” But Evans also wants NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to know that reaching out to people involved in the justices system opens doors for NAMI as well, “Working with the justice system provides us opportunities for future collaboration and opens up possibilities for partnering on grant funding.”
NAMI’s Education, Training and Peer Support Center website to learn more about NAMI education and support programs. NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates with questions about how to adapt programs to new settings should contact NAMI staff directly at
Judi Evans, Executive Director
NAMI Florida, Inc
You are invited to attend SAMHSA’s three August advisory council meetings. All meetings are open to the public and will be streamed live via webcast.
SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services Live Webcast Meeting
August 8, 2012 | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
- Updates on Project Launch and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence
- Discussions regarding medication-assisted treatment and pregnancy
- Updates from the SAMHSA Administrator
Joint Meeting of SAMHSA’s Advisory Committees Live Webcast Meeting
August 9, 2012 | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
- Discussion regarding the impact of Federal health reform and state budgets on mental health and substance abuse programs
- Report from the SAMHSA Administrator
- Update on SAMHSA’s budget
- Update on health care reform
The following advisory councils and committees will be participating in this joint meeting: SAMHSA National Advisory Council; Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council; Advisory Committee for Women’s Services; and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee.
SAMHSA’s National Advisory Council Live Webcast Meeting
August 10, 2012 | 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
- The meeting will include updates from the SAMHSA Administrator. The discussions will focus on the Behavioral Health Quality Framework.
For questions about these meetings or issues with registration, please contact:
Committee Management Officer and Designated Federal Official
SAMHSA National Advisory Council
SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services
I got this message today and thought it was worth sharing with my Florida readers, and peers.
Dear Teachers, Facilitators, Mentors, and others,
This is just an appreciation letter. We are all doing more with less, and many of you are so over-stretched. You have demanding jobs plus your personal mission with NAMI work, as well as family members at home with illnesses and other life issues. I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that I recognize this. In spite of all your demands, everyone clearly tries to get reports in correctly and on time and you always apologize if you happen to be late.
I just want to say that I appreciate you and I know everyone tries to do their best. You do a great job. You who teach and lead our courses/groups are giving of yourselves in such a special way. I honor you and your commitment to others. Thank you.
Carol Weber, Program Director
Survey: How Do Peers and Peer-Run Organizations Use Social Media and Online Tools?
This short survey is 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 help meet technical assistance needs in this area among peers and peer-run organizations. This survey should only take 5-10 minutes of your time.
Your response by August 10 is appreciated. Thank you so much for your time!
Also — if you weren’t able to attend Get Social! Using Social Media to Advance Your Mission, Raise Awareness, and Provide Peer Support, the webinar archive is available online. Click here to view the webinar.