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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


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.