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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.

Thursday
Apr112013

Extended Deadlines for Award Nominations Approach

Four award deadlines have been extended. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has pushed the deadline for 2013 Voice Award nominations to this Friday, March 29: “If you know a consumer/peer leader who has led efforts to promote the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems; personally demonstrated that recovery is real and possible; and made a positive impact on his/her community, workplace, or school, please nominate him/her for a 2013 Voice Award.” The nomination form is available at the first source below. (Additionally, you can nominate a TV or film production that contains “a dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayal of people with mental health and/or substance use disorders.” The deadline for these nominations is April 15, 2013.) Meanwhile, Mental Health America (MHA) has just extended the deadline for its 2013 Sandy Brandt Volunteer, Youth Advocacy, and Clifford Beers awards to April 15. For more information about MHA’s awards, go to the second source below.

Sources: http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards/ 
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/annualconference/2013awards

Thursday
Apr112013

BRSS TACS Offers Peer-Run Reorganization/Recovery Community Organization Awards

SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) initiative is offering six Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards. Six applicants will be chosen to receive $25,000, six-month subcontracts to develop/adapt and disseminate information to promote best practices and emerging practices in peer-driven recovery supports, provide training and educational activities, or plan/develop infrastructure to establish peer-delivered recovery supports. In addition, BRSS TACS will provide the six recipients with technical assistance and training. Information about the award opportunity is available at the following link: http://brsstacs.center4si.com/PeerRunOrgAward_2013_RFA.doc. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2013.

Source: http://brsstacs.center4si.com/PeerOrgAward_2013_Letter.pdf

Thursday
Apr112013

SAMHSA Offers Reports on Incidence of Smoking among Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Adults with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders account for some 40 percent of all cigarettes that are smoked, despite being roughly a quarter of the general population, studies show. In February 2013, SAMHSA issued a joint “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (available here: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/mmwr_vital_signs_mental_illness_2-5-2013_cdc.pdf?utm_source=Special+Commentary+SAMHSA+Report+March+21+2013&utm_campaign=SAMHSA+NSDUH+SAS+commentary&utm_medium=email) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the high prevalence of smoking among those with mental health conditions. A new report – published on March 20, 2013, and available herehttp://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/Downloads/samhsa_nsduh_march2013.pdf?utm_source=Special+Commentary+SAMHSA+Report+March+21+2013&utm_campaign=SAMHSA+NSDUH+SAS+commentary&utm_medium=email– adds additional information.

Source: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/

Thursday
Apr112013

Mental Health America Seeks Stories About Parity Violations

Mental Health America (MHA) is asking behavioral health care consumers or providers who have experienced a parity violation – that is, insurance plans denying or more strictly managing behavioral health treatment services than other services covered in the plan – to submit their stories via email. MHA writes: “Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted over four years ago, a final rule implementing the law has not yet been issued.” MHA is hoping to make sure these practices are clearly prohibited in the final rule by asking those who have experienced parity violations to report them to the Administration. For more information, see the source below. 

Source: https://secure2.convio.net/nmha/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=740

Thursday
Apr112013

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Offers Free PowerPoint on Photovoice

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) is offering a free PowerPoint presentation on PhotoVoice, http://www.photovoice.org/, which the PhotoVoice website describes as “Participatory Photography for Social Change.” PhotoVoice helps people make their voices heard by giving them cameras and inviting them to produce statements consisting of pictures and words that communicate their experience. The February/March 2013 edition of the CPR e-newsletter also offers links to publications entitled “Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities” and “A Synthesis of the Research Literature on Job Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (1990-2010).” Both of these documents are available at the source below.

Source: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/ecast/archive/2013/CPR_eCast_feb_2013.pdf