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

Register: https://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/selfdirected_reg/event/event_info.html


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

Register: https://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/disaster_reg/event/event_info.html


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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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. 

Join us for an exciting webinar hosted by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse!

Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services: From Program Development to Outcome Evaluation

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Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time: 2 p.m. ET (90 minutes)

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) specialty services are exploding around the U.S. following the recent 5 percent Mental Health Block Grant set-aside for early intervention services. While many EIP programs include (or plan to include) some element of peer support and/or family support, questions remain as to how to ensure meaningful peer involvement that significantly impacts services.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss both the real-world challenges of robust peer involvement and the potential for such involvement to transform – rather than merely augment – services across the domains of planning, service delivery, policy, and evaluation. The webinar will also cover strategies and insights from the Hearing Voices Movement and similar approaches. It will explore the meaning of young people’s experiences and the impact of such experiences on vocational and social identity.

The presenters:
  • Nev Jones, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and a community psychologist by training. Her work focuses on the phenomenology of voices, early intervention, and the sociocultural determinants of recovery following a first break. She is involved in multiple national initiatives related to the 5 percent set-aside, and is herself an alumna of an EIP service. 
  • Irene Hurford, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the program director for the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) program at Horizon House. Previously she led the Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her clinical and research work focuses on cognition in schizophrenia, treatment of early episode psychosis, and functional and quality of life improvements in young people with psychosis. 
  • Berta Britz, MSW, is a certified peer specialist at Creating Increased Connections through Education and Support (CIC) in Montgomery County, Pa. She is strongly committed to promoting acceptance of the experience of hearing voices; and her ministry, “Hearing Voices and Healing,” is supported by the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. She helped develop and now coordinates the Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network, which offers systems and community education and eight Taking Back Our Power Hearing Voices self-help/peer support groups, two of which are designed specifically for young people. Her commitment to developing different responses to early anomalous, or “psychotic,” experiences stems from her lived experience. 
  • Christa Burkett, technical assistance coordinator of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will facilitate.

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