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National Council May 30 Webinar

Register now for access information but note that registration does not guarantee your space on the webinar. Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 registrants that join at the time of the webinar — so sign in early. CEUs are NOT available for National Council webinars.

TOPIC: Grantwriting Tips: CMS Health Care Innovation Grants of $1-30 Million
DATE: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm EDT
SPEAKERS: Heidi Arthur, Vice President of SAE and Associates; Nancy Harris King, Development Director, Southeast Mental Health Services; Knute Rotto, Consultant, SAE and Associates; Kristan McIntosh, Project Manager, SAE & Associates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 100 new 3-year Health Care Innovation grants, ranging from $1 million to $30 million each. The grants will fund new care models that drive significant improvement in population health, quality of care, and total cost of care. Letters of intent are due by June 28 and applications by August 15.
This National Council LIVE webinar reviews the grant opportunity, shares insights and lessons from a previous CMS Innovation Awardee, and offers tips and techniques to prepare a competitive proposal. Presenters offer resources for technical assistance, feasibility review, and partnership facilitation.
The CMS Health Care Innovation grants are offered to fund models that  
  • Are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings.
  • Improve care for populations with special needs.
  • Transform financial and clinical models.
  • Improve the health of populations through prevention, wellness, and comprehensive care that extends beyond the clinical service delivery setting.
Grant applications must comprise service delivery and payment models, including an approach to secure participation from multiple payers. Preference will be given to models implemented in less than six months. Join us for this webinar to plan and prepare a winning approach to your grant submission.

Carrying the Torch: Past, Present and Future of the C/S/X Movement

This presentation – at the VOCAL Virginia conference on May 21, 2013 – reviews some of the history of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, and provides ideas about how to make progress in c/s/x movement efforts to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental health diagnoses.

Joseph Rogers VOCAL Presentation


American Psychiatric Association Protest: May 19, 2013 – San Francisco

American Psychiatric Association Protest

May 19, 2013 -- San Francisco


May 13, 2013

On May 19th, MindFreedom International, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®), and the California Client Action Workgroup, organized under the Occupy Psychiatrybanner, will protest of the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 Annual Conference at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, California from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm.

The American Psychiatric Association is being charged with serious human rights abuses, coercing people to undergo brain-damaging psychiatric drugs and electroshock, psychiatric profiling, scientific fraud, and psychiatric labeling, including the already discredited Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be released at the conference.

Psychiatric survivor, psychotherapist and MindFreedom Board Member Matthew Morrissey will speak and MC the protest rally and demonstration which will feature the following speakers:

§  Leonard Roy Frank, psychiatric survivor and editor." As psychiatrist Thomas Szasz wrote in 2008, 'Modern psychiatry — with its Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals of nonexistingdiseases and their coercive cures — is a monument to quackery on a scale undreamed of in the annals of medicine.' Now is the time for the people to hold the American Psychiatric Association and its members accountable for their crimes against humanity."

§  Ted Chabasinski, psychiatric survivor and lawyer, who was electroshocked for experimental purposes when he was six years old. “The increased labeling and drugging of children, and the way the new DSM puts everyone at risk for being called 'mentally ill' must be stopped. Everyone must realize that they too can be called crazy, not just those who have already been dragged into and trapped by the system."

§  Chaya Grossberg, psychiatric survivor and healer. “Rather than being a source for healing, the American Psychiatric Association has damaged the souls and bodies of millions of Americans."

§  Michael Cornwall, PhD, licensed therapist and human rights activist. "The profession of psychiatry lives in a collective state of denial. Psychiatrists are true believers with a religious fundamentalist type of fervor that allows them to routinely injure, and frequently hasten the death of those they are sworn to heal. But the reckoning is upon them. Their blatant human rights violations will not stand the light of day."

§  James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq., psychiatric survivor and lawyer. "Hundreds of thousands of people are locked up and drugged or electroshocked against their will every day under the auspices of the American Psychiatric Association.  These are human rights abuses on a massive scale in violation of United States and International Law. The American Psychiatric Association must be held accountable for its role in these horrors."

There will also be an open microphone for protestors who want to speak.  At least portions of the protest will be live-streamed at on the Occupy Psychiatry Channel,


On Friday, May 17th, from 7 to 10 pm, along with protest preparations, there will be a free/donation based screening of Daniel Mackler's new film, Coming off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds, at the beautiful Goforaloop Gallery, 1458 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco.  

Event Flyer


2013 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards Now Available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2013 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards, formerly the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery State Awards, which fund selected statewide peer-run/recovery community organizations across the United States to promote social inclusion on State and local levels and to counter the negative perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs associated with mental health and/or substance use conditions.

This year, SAMHSA will award seven $20,000 grants for statewide and community-based efforts. Proposed activities must target 18- to 25-year-olds and provide a detailed plan to increase awareness of behavioral health issues and of mental health and/or addictions recovery among young adults who have experienced trauma; among Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian young adults; and/or among young adults in the general population. Applicants are expected to integrate an online social networking component or mobile communication component into their project to increase outreach to the target audience.

The application period for the 2013 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards for Statewide Peer- Run/Recovery Community Organization Projects opens May 7, 2013, and the deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. eastern time on June 7,  2013.

The comprehensive Project Guide, which fully describes the project focus, eligibility requirements, application requirements, and other important information, is available at

For questions on this application, please contact Campaign Liaison Ruth Montag at 240–744–7062 or

Download a .pdf document of this announcement.


Job Opportunity with Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center -- Director

Community Access, Inc. is seeking a Director, to guide the growth and expansion of New York City’s preeminent center for peer workforce education and employment, The Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center (HTH). This is a full-time (40hrs per week), senior level position; salary commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package.

Agency Overview

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 39 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy Center, East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.

Position Overview

For 17 years, The Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center (HTH) has provided NYC’s behavioral healthcare workforce with skilled peer staff, leading the transformation of New York’s system of services and supports. Run by professionals who have personal experience with the mental health system, HTH offers an array of supports to help individuals grow as students and workers, acquiring the essential competencies to obtain work and develop careers in peer and health services.

We are looking for an experienced Director to guide the transition of the HTH Center as the training program evolves in response to the needs of managed care, and the demand for a workforce that requires employees with a range of specialized skills. This includes establishing and nurturing relationships with employers to forward peer workforce priorities and pursuing opportunities for career growth through relationships with educational institutions and the attainment of credentials. The Director is a leader, pursuing opportunities for expansion, and influencing developments in the peer movement on a local, state, national and international level. The Director is responsible and accountable for the operation of Center’s programs: the development, co-ordination, implementation and evaluation of programs and projects that promote community participation and citizenship, especially through the advancement of peer staff in the workplace. The Director guides staff performance and ensures full contractual compliance on federal, state and local levels.


Candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; must identify as a recipient/peer/survivor of mental health services (required); demonstrated leader in the peer community/movement; a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience, required; experience with and knowledge of peer workforce issues and the behavioral health system in New York State and City; significant training, technical assistance and curriculum development experience; program development experience, preferred; possess strong understanding of peer practices, recovery and wellness; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH); willing to travel and work some evenings and weekends as needed; possess advanced analytical and innovative problem solving abilities; demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates must send a cover letter and resume (which must include salary requirements and salary history) to: 

    • Community Access, 2 Washington Street, 9th floor, NY, NY 10004 – Attn: HR Dept.

    • Email • Fax to 212-937-3980


Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

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