Next Clearinghouse National TA and Networking Teleconference March 16 at 1 p.m. ET

The next monthly national technical assistance and networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse will be on Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m. ETnoon CT11 a.m. MT10 a.m. PT8 a.m. in Hawaii. 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 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; 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 with the word “Minutes” in the subject line. (The calls are held on the third Monday of the month except when that is a holiday, such as in January and February, in which case they are held on the fourth Monday.)

Exciting news! The national technical assistance and networking teleconference on April 20 will feature a presentation on career development for certified peer specialists followed by a discussion. Thousands of trained and certified behavioral health peer workers are now employed across the country, in most states with Medicaid reimbursement.  Efforts are also underway to develop national peer worker standards. As this new peer workforce grows, it’s essential to identify and create peer career development and promotion opportunities so that certified peer workers earn salaries consistent with their skills and are able to move ahead in their careers. Accomplishing this will require numerous strategies, including enabling certified peer workers to obtain academic credit and educational credentials. During our April 20th call, Jessica Wolf, founder of the Facebook Group “Education Pays! Peer Career Development,” will facilitate a discussion on individual and systemic peer career development strategies. We hope you will join us!

Jessica Wolf, Ph.D., is principal of Decision Solutions, a behavioral health workforce consulting practice emphasizing peer education, training, and employment. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.  Her extensive administrative and educational experience includes 16 years as coordinator of the Housatonic Community College MERGE Mental Health Certificate Program. She has personal and family experience of mental health conditions.

Our call on May 18 will feature a presentation on how to support individuals with mental health conditions who are incarcerated and how to help them transition successfully into the community. Details to follow!


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

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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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Health Magazine: 8 Helpful Websites for Coping with Depression

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Save the Date for Alternatives 2014!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse has signed a contract with the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, and will be hosting a national mental health conference there from Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014! We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the Alternatives Conference 2014 website:


The Friends Connection: A Peer-to-Peer Program “Without Walls” Serving Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

The Friends Connection (TFC) operated on the theory that individuals with mental health conditions become involved with drugs and alcohol out of loneliness, boredom and stigmatization. TFC counteracted these factors by providing friendship, counseling, and meaningful leisure activities. The philosophy? That recovery will begin once individuals experience hopefulness and support.

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