Webinar: "Peers as Crisis Service Providers" presented by The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern Time 
Description: Research shows that the involvement of peer specialists is critical to prevention, allows states to save mental health program dollars by reducing cycles of hospitalization and other emergency interventions, and increases recovery and community integration outcomes. Peers are currently playing an increasing role in providing crisis services, through running crisis respites, staffing crisis response centers, and participating in mobile crisis and/or outreach teams. This webinar will provide examples of the range of crisis services that peers can provide, the benefits of integrating peer specialists into crisis services, and common pitfalls to avoid.
Intended audience: crisis service providers, state and local administrators, peer-run organizations, family-run organizations
Presenters: Steve Miccio, Jim Hajny, Sue Bergeson, Paul Lyons and Heather Rae
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Implementing Self-Directed Care for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness

Friday, May 29, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Self-Directed Care (SDC) provides adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness the opportunity to assess their own needs, to determine how and by whom those needs should be met, and to manage the funds to purchase those services. In this way the individual assumes control of their own path to recovery. As people take control of their lives and well-being they build their capacity as contributing members of society.  The self-determination movement and self-directed care programs are shifting the balance of control to the individual and creating a new paradigm for behavioral health services. SAMHSA has included self-directed care as a component of recovery. In this webinar we will explore the successes and challenges of implementing self-directed care as a peer-run program.  Our expert panelists will discuss various models of peer-run SDC programs and discuss funding options available for SDC. 

Learning objectives:

  • Implementing a Self-Directed Care programs.
  • Funding Self-Directed Care.
  • Self-Directed Care as a peer-run program.
  • Collecting appropriate Self-Directed Care outcomes.

Presenters: Patrick Hendry and Briana Gilmore



A Mental Health Response to Disaster

Friday, May 22, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00 pm ET

What is the mental health community’s response to disaster?  Following a disaster like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, communities are left without resources and supports needed to recover their lives. Among the many needs, emotional trauma and crisis support is often the last area of need to receive attention. Given the difficulty with mobilizing mental health resources to affected areas, these problems become exacerbated. Our panel will discuss the development of programs designed to mobilize mental health and crisis support, counsel disaster related trauma, and establish best practices in response to future events.

Presenters: Christian Burgess and Christie Wrightson



Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference

Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference
The State of Recovery in the World of Psych Rehab

June 1-4, 2015
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
Presented by PRA and PRF, in partnership with PAPRS

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Take advantage of the Group Discount

Purchase 5 full Summit registrations and receive the 6th free

The Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference offers a comprehensive line up of in-depth psychiatric rehabilitation training and enhanced networking opportunities and special events to provide attendees with the tools they need to help others more effectively. The Summit provides high-level education sessions for the entire psychiatric rehabilitation workforce; including agency executives, educators and researchers, practitioners and peer support providers with a specific focus on best practices, evidence-based practice, integrated healthcare, wellness, supported housing, and supported employment.

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Mental Health America 2015 Annual Conference

Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4

June 3 - 5


On June 3-5, 2015 Mental Health America will hold its 2015 Annual Conference with the theme Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is serving as Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Honorary Committee. The event will include several high level plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and our 2nd Annual Innovation Nation that highlights pioneering programs on the local level. Each year, Mental Health America’s Conference brings together advocates, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, members of Congress and the administration, and health professionals from across the country. Past speakers include Tipper Gore, Sanjay Gupta, Glenn Close, George Stephanopoulos, and entertainer Demi Lovato. We expect 500 people to attend.

In 2015, Mental Health America’s Annual Conference will:

  • Highlight the impact the organization and others have had in improving mental health in America, and the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead;
  • Examine innovations and programs that will play a vital role in shaping the future of mental health care;
  • Discuss the critical need to address those initial signs of a mental illness—before Stage 4—so that we can intervene early and make a difference;
  • Hear from leading public figures and citizens about their own personal struggle and triumph in the face of mental health problems; and
  • Feature the premiere of the ITN Productions/ABC documentary, #B4Stage4.