There are only 54 days left before Alternatives 2014, to be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014! Something new: Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director of Youth MOVE National, has just signed on to speak at the Saturday morning youth plenary. At age 15, Lacy and her five younger siblings were placed in foster care. Recipient of a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award, Lacy overcame abuse, multiple mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding her way to recovery. For information about other plenary session speakers, click here. For information about the virtual art exhibit and to submit your artwork, click here. To register, click here. For the registration form in Spanish, click here. To book your hotel room, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. For the SAMHSA scholarship application, click here; the deadline is Sept. 19. For the caucus application, click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.
A 90-minute webinar on systems advocacy, entitled “Everybody at the Table: Changing the System One Step at a Time,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar, sponsored by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss systems advocacy best practices, including what kinds of advocacy non-profits may engage in; how to identify key legislators at the city, state, and national levels; how to create relationships with policymakers, administrators, and their staffs; how to develop policy positions; how to create a grassroots action committee; and how to work in coalition with other groups. The presentation will use current advocacy campaigns as illustrations. The presenters are Elisha Coffey, MSW, program manager of the Involved Consumer Action Network (I CAN) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP); and Adam Nester, MS, MHASP’s advocate for mental health systems and policy. Christa Burkett, Clearinghouse technical assistance coordinator, will moderate. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
The Broken Light Collective, an international group of photographers from 150 countries who have mental health conditions, was created by someone who found that photography eased her mental health symptoms. “It doesn’t matter how the photos come out,” Collective founder Danielle Hark told The New York Times (click here). “It’s a mindfulness process that brings me into my body. I’m not worrying about the past or the future, just looking through the lens.” The collective recently had its first live show, in New York City; the show, which can be viewed online (click here), ran through August 13.
Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media
The Soros Justice Fellowships, a program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), is inviting applications for fellowships of up to $110,250 in two categories: advocacy and media. The deadline is Oct. 22, 2014. The 18-month advocacy fellowships “support the efforts of outstanding individuals – including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with important perspectives – to initiate innovative policy advocacy projects at the local, state, and national levels that will have a measurable impact on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” The 12-month media fellowships “support writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinct voices who propose to complete a media project for local, regional, or national markets and that engages the public and spurs debate on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” Guidelines and instructions are on the Open Society Foundations website:click here.
CSG Justice Center Provides Toolkit to Help Individuals with Forensic Backgrounds Find Employment
The Reentry and Employment Toolkit, published by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides information, tools, and educational resources for policymakers, practitioners, employers and job seekers that can be used to foster the growth of innovative reentry and workforce development partnerships, as well as to understand related legal and policy related issues. Sections include “Developing an Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategy” and “Addressing Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Criminal Records.” To learn more about the toolkit, click here.
Webinar on Digital Health and the Underserved to Be Held Sept. 3
A one-hour webinar entitled “Digital Health and the Underserved: Emerging Opportunities” will be hosted by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) Inc. on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET. “This CHCS webinar will highlight opportunities for digital health to positively impact vulnerable populations and provide examples of exciting new work being done in this area. Two leaders in the digital health field – StartUp Health and the Center for Care Innovations – will share insights on keys to success in this emerging field, with a focus on entrepreneurs, state policymakers, health care delivery systems, and payers. This webinar is the first in a two-part series, made possible through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.” Part 2 – “Digital Health Technology in Action: Front-Line Perspectives” – will take place on Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. To register, click here.
Advocates Launch a World Suicide Prevention Day Campaign to Publicize the Lifeline
Advocates are working with government officials to get public transportation systems – airplanes, trains, buses, ferries – to announce over their speakers the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 – throughout the day on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10. The advocates write, “You can save a life by asking your local transportation systems to make the following one-minute announcement over the speaker systems: Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we're asking everyone to please pull out your cell phone. We're going to enter the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in our contact information. One in four people live with a mental health condition. This means that someone on this bus [or train, airplane or ferry], or someone you know, has probably had thoughts of suicide. We never know what another person is going through. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a number you can call if you have a friend, neighbor and co-worker who is really struggling and you are wondering how to be supportive. It's also a number you can call if you are ever in a crisis. Please enter this number into your cell phone. 1-800-273-8255. Once again, that number is 1-800-273-8255. You never know whose life you might save. It might even be your own. Thank you.” For more information, click here.
September Is National Recovery Month
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA has made available a variety of resources, which you can download by clicking here. These include a Media Outreach Toolkit (available by clicking here), and a number of links to other resources, including this one.
Two Webinars from the STAR Center Highlight Leadership and Self-Directed Care, Respectively
The STAR Center is offering two webinars in September. First, on Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, comes the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership, a webinar-based interview with Khatera Aslami-Templen, consumer empowerment manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services. To register, click here. Next, on Sept. 30, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, is a webinar on “The Life-Changing Power of Self-Directed Care and Peer Support. Self-direction was recently highlighted as a key initiative in a landmark guidance letter by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The presenters are Erme Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, WRAP facilitator, who heads the CRIF Self-Directed Care program at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), and Julie Schnepp and John Hamm, program participants. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Webinar on Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals Is Sponsored by Peerlink NTAC
On Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. ET until 3 p.m. ET, Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is hosting “Employment over the Rainbow: Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals.” Peerlink NTAC writes: “This webinar is dedicated to discussing the barriers and challenges that LGBT peers face when seeking employment.” For more information or to register, click here.
Webinar on “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities” Is Sponsored by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center
Part 2 of “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities,” hosted by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, will take place on Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. (Part 1 took place on Aug. 27.) The two-part series focuses on the successful and innovative use of peers and peer support in state correctional facilities. The second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand such programs in correctional facilities. To register,click here.
SAMHSA Recognizes Honorees at 2014 Voice Awards
At the 2014 Voice Awards ceremony, on August 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration honored Dr. Jean Campbell, a longtime activist and researcher who has devoted a lifetime to the movement for social justice of individuals with mental health conditions. Jean received SAMHSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “advancing the recovery movement through consumer-focused research and evaluation.” Receiving Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards “for sharing their stories of recovery and working to improve public acceptance of people with behavioral health conditions” were Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director, Youth MOVE National; Matt Canuteson, assistant director, SAMSHA’s Statewide Family and Consumer Networks Technical Assistance Center; Greg Dicharry, director of youth empowerment, Magellan Health Services; Patrick Hendry, senior director, Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; and Toni Jordan, peer specialist, Queen of Peace Center, St. Louis. The Young Adult Leadership Award “for providing peer mentorship and sharing messages about wellness” was given to Sean Campbell. SAMHSA also honored members of the entertainment industry. For more information, click here.
Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening
The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month).The September 2014 call will be on Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at email@example.com; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February, April, May, June or July 2014 minutes, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.
Consumer-Driven Services Directory
The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to email@example.com or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
About The Key Update
The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 2, August 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or firstname.lastname@example.org.