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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.


7 New Grant Opportunities From SAMHSA


Event: Laughter is the Best Medicine - November 2, 2013

Actress Amy Hill (HBO’s Enlightened, Arrested Development, 50 First Dates, Couples Retreat) will headline this year’s Laughter is the Best Medicine event on November 2, 2013 in Oakland, CA with comedienne Esther Goodhart as the host. This fundraising event aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and disabilities in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. The event will also feature musician Dave Tauler, comedian Jeanny Yang and Steve Lee, who self identifies as “the only disabled Asian comic in America.”

NAAPIMHA is pleased to co-sponsor this  event with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Empowerment Network and the Asian Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California.  A portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting mental health consumers and those with disabilities in the AANHPI community.

We hope to see those of you living in the Bay area at this fun event.   For those of you not able to attend in person, you can support this event by buying a ticket that can be used to sponsor a local consumer or student who otherwise might not be able to attend.  The cost is minimal and your support would mean a lot.   

Donations of any size, are of course always welcomed!  

We would also appreciate a blast to any of your social networks to help spread the word.

For more information click on the following which will take you to the event site.   

For further information contact JR Kuo  at


Call for Presentations - Housing First Partners Conference


DESC and Pathways to Housing present HFPC 2014

Housing First and Systems Change 


Pre-Conference: March 11, 2014

Conference March 12-14, 2014

Swissôtel - Chicago, IL


Take this opportunity to engage and collaborate with leaders in the field by submitting a presentation to be considered for inclusion in the conference agenda. 

Join us in presenting cutting-edge content at the second national 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, March 12-14, at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois. 

This three-day conference will feature presentations and plenary sessions from local and national experts engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First and will be attended by leaders in the field from around the country.



To review the tracks, proposal selection criteria and additional information on submitting visit our website. All submissions can only be submitted via the online link available on the website. We encourage you to submit to present now. 

For more information: CLICK HERE




Clearinghouse Director Joseph Rogers to Receive SAMHSA'S 2013 Lifetime Achievement Voice Award

The award recognizes Rogers' extraordinary leadership and advocacy to advance the recovery movement of individuals with mental health conditions.

PHILADELPHIASept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sept. 25, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will present Joseph Rogers with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Voice Award. The event will take place at Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, California, at 7 p.m. PT

Joseph Rogers is founder and executive director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, a national technical assistance center funded in part by SAMHSA that fosters recovery, self-determination, and community inclusion. He is chief advocacy officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, of which he was president and CEO from 1997 to 2007, and which he grew from a small regional advocacy agency into one of the largest mental health associations in the country.

A national leader of the mental health consumer movement, he has played a major role in transforming the movement from a small number of relatively powerless groups and individuals to a large number of well-funded consumer organizations and consumer-operated services in nearly every state. He has testified before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and before U.S. Senate committees and has consulted in more than 30 states, as well as nationally and internationally, on behavioral health policy issues. He has chaired and/or served on numerous boards and committees, and was a key player in the closing of Philadelphia State Hospital and in the successful struggle to get the dollars to follow the patients into the community, to establish what has become a model system of community-based services, including peer-to-peer services. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and in the print media to fight the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental health conditions.

Rogers has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2005, the 2002 Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Award from the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and the 2009 Timothy Coakley Behavioral Health Leadership Award from the American College of Mental Health Administration.

Since 2005, SAMHSA's Voice Awards program has brought together representatives from the entertainment industry and the behavioral health community for an evening of educational awareness-building about mental and substance use disorders and the power of recovery.


September Webinar: Who's On Your Bus?

Tuesday, September 24th

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To register, please click here.
Our recovery journey is a constant ride and never a destination. As drivers of our own Recovery Bus, we may face unexpected traffic and detours. How we handle changing directions has much to do with the passengers we have on board.
A discussion led by the multicultural panel of George Badillo, Yvonne Smith and Jen Padron will discuss ways you can invite diverse passengers who will support and empower you in your route to recovery.
The message of valuing every voice and inclusiveness will resonate in this thought-provoking dialogue. This webinar will inspire all diverse communities to keep the conversation culturally relevant about who is "on their bus" and the current route they are taking.
In this webinar you will come away with the necessary tools to:
  • Create and define your vision of recovery.
  • Identify and invite the right passengers on your bus.
  • Navigate adversity, potholes and unexpected negative passengers.
  • Fuel your journey with positive energy and enthusiasm.
Presenters: a culturally, ethnically and experientially diverse panel including:
  • George Badillo: An independent consultant educating people throughout the country and surrounding territories on custody and parenting issues.  Formerly, a Peer Trainer for PEOPLe Inc. He works out of the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office, providing training to people with psychiatric histories on issues such as Medicare Part D.
  • Yvonne Smith: President and co-founder of Recovery2000/The Recovery Group, a partnership of mental health consumers doing outreach in shelters, hospitals and other community settings. The Recovery Group (TRG) was established October 2004 in the District of Columbia.
  • Jen Padron: A subject matter expert in leveraging peer services, supports, delivery, and health disparities in mental diversity of disenfranchised high/at-risk populations in the United States.  Now at Benchmark  Human Services, she is the former Director of The HOPE Project, and provided project management to The Hope Concept LLC Wellness Center in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas. Ms. Padron is currently a PhD candidate in Public Health and Community Public Health Education and Promotion.