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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.


SAMHSA Request for Applications: Supported Employment Program

Transforming Lives through Supported Employment


4th Annual Consumer/Survivor Visionary Leadership Teleconference

Friday, February 21, 2014

2:00 – 3:00 PM EST/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Call-in information: 866-554-6142, pin 803-6957977#
Join us for another lively conversation with consumer/survivor leaders from across the country. We will hold a simultaneous Twitter chat - use hashtag #CSXLeads 
This year's speakers are:
Joseph Rogers is Chief Advocacy Officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), and founder and Executive Director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. A national leader of the mental health consumer movement, Joseph has testified before U.S. Senate committees and has consulted in more than 30 states, as well as nationally and internationally, on behavioral health policy issues. 
Eduardo Vega is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco since November 2010, providing research, advocacy, and program leadership in California and internationally. Through MHASF he directs the Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment, a technical assistance, research and training center focused on stigma change, program innovation, and suicide prevention for which he is also Principal Investigator.
Corinna West is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and community organizer. She founded Wellness Wordworks in 2008 to show how the recovery community can provide internet skills and business opportunities to their peers. Corinna is also a performance artist, and her shows explore emotional distress as a temporary and transformative experience. She has survived homelessness and 12 psychiatric diagnoses, and is an Olympic Judo Team Member with a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Keris Myrick – Our teleconference moderator
Keris Myrick is the president and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a peer run organization in Los Angeles County. She currently serves as the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s board of directors and has consulted with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on a number of initiatives, including Dialogues on Psychotropic Medications and BRSS-TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale–TA Center). Keris has a PhD(c) and MS in industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
Tel:  877-246-9058 Email:

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Is a Nominee for the 2014 Scattergood Foundation Innovation Awards


disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV) Logo Contest

disAbility Law Center of Virginia needs a new logo!
They are having a contest with judges and prizes.
Submit your entry by February 28 and follow these rules.

1.      Send each submission separately to You may submit more than one entry.  Include your name, phone number, email address and mailing addresses with each submission. The submitter’s name and postal address is required for exchanging legal papers.

2.      Send submissions as JPGs.

3.      Submit images for the printed letterhead and the website and Facebook presence both in color and in black and white.  Submit samples of each style and color.

4.      The design should convey our mission of respecting and advancing the rights of people with disabilities. More information on our mission can be found at our website,

5.      The logo should eventually be available in a high resolution source format, modifiable using PhotoShop Elements.

6.      The winning submitter must agree to assign the copyright to the disAbility Law Center of Virginia and attach no other restrictions to the use of the logo.  All submitters must declare that they do not infringe the rights of another party and that publishing their logos for the purpose of this contest is acceptable.

7.      The contest will run until midnight February 28th, 2014.  Any submissions received after this date will not be considered.

8.      A jury will select the winning submission. Nominal prizes will be awarded to the top candidates.

9.      Top candidates will be invited to our Gala on March 20, 2014.

10.  Remember, dLCV uses a small “d” to emphasize the “Ability” in disAbility.

11.  If you have any questions please contact

Printable copy of the rules here.


Call for Proposals - Eighth Annual Peer Specialists Conference

Call for Proposals
New York City's 
Eighth Annual Peer Specialist Conference 
At New York University's Kimmel Center
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Peer Specialist Conference Planning Committee is currently seeking workshop proposals for New York City’s Eighth Annual Peer Specialist Conference which will be held at New York University's Kimmel Center on Thursday, July 17, 2014. 
It is intended specifically for New York City peers working in the behavioral health sector who wish to enhance their skills, obtain new knowledge and information and stimulate critical dialogue and ideas about career development and the mental health field.  
The audience for this conference will be New York City working peers, i.e., Peer Specialists, Peer Wellness Coaches, Peer Bridgers and more!! We encourage submissions from working peers who can provide insight on the future development of the role of peers in the workplace. All workshops are 75 minutes. 
Please see 2014 Workshop Proposal Submission Form at the bottom of this announcement.
Workshop Topics of Interest 
We invite abstracts that reflect innovative national, state and local programs, practices, and initiatives that support the future development of the peer workforce. 
  • Community Integration
  • Supporting Peers in the Work Place 
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Health and Wellness
  • Creativity & Alternative Approaches
  • Recovery Centers
  • Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Peer Advocacy & Mutual Support
  • Hospital Diversion Respite Centers
  • Human Rights Initiatives
  •  New Employment Opportunities for Peers
  • Research and Developments in the Peer Workforce
  • Civic Engagement & Social/Political Activism
  • Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Interventions
  • Supervisory Roles
  • Leadership Development
  • Education & Credentialing 
  • Cultural Competence
  • Health Care Reform
  • First Break: New Initiatives 
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Enhancing Job Skills for Peer Providers in the workplace


Selection Criteria 

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Consistency and relevance to the theme of the conference
  • Originality and innovation
  • Clarity in description of subject matter
  • Broad implications across peer workforce experience
  • Qualifications and experience on subject matter
  • Clear learning objectives 


Submission Process

Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail, fax, or mail to:
The New York State Office of Mental Health
330 Fifth Ave., 9th floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
Attn: Carmelita Thompson
Fax:   212-330-6359
Workshop proposals must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked no later than close of business on January 31, 2014.

NOTE: Please use the attached 2014 Workshop Proposal Submission Form and fill it out completely, as missing information will delay consideration of your proposal. You will be notified about the acceptance of your proposal by letter in early March, 2014.
Peer Specialist Conference Planning Committee: The New York State Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Recipient Affairs; The New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Consumer Affairs; FEGS Health and Human Services; The Empowerment Center; Baltic Street AEH, Inc.; New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Office of Behavioral Health; New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS); The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery; YOUTH POWER!; Bronx Psychiatric Center ACT Team; Howie the Harp Advocacy Center
This conference promises to be an exciting and purposeful event and your contributions are appreciated! Thank you very much for the great work you all do.  

2014 Workshop Submission Form