Alternatives 2014 - Creating the Future: Change, Challenge and Opportunity

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse announces that Alternatives 2014, the 28th national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/ survivors, will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale, October 22-26, 2014.

Creating the Future: Change, Challenge, Opportunity is the theme of this year’s conference. Learn more at the website:

We invite everyone to consider becoming a presenter; first-time presenters are especially welcome. Learning from each other is a clear example of self-help, mutual support, and the principles of recovery in action!



Engaging People In Services that Promote Recovery

Presented by the Support, Technical Assistance and Resources (STAR) Center
Date: July 22, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D 
Description: People vote with their feet and often walk away from services that do not meet their needs. In this webinar, Pat Deegan will draw on her experience in building services that engage and empower people to live their lives, not their diagnosis. Pat will use examples from her work with OnTrackNY first episode psychosis teams, shared decision making and recovery learning collaboratives, to illustrate principles of successful engagement strategies.

Innovative State and Local Crisis Response Services

Presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Nick Nichols, Maggie Bennington-Davis, and Jay Auslander
Description: This webinar will highlight the statewide response system of Vermont and the local crisis response system of Cascadia Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon.   Presenters will describe innovative responses to crises, including mobile crisis and peer support services, how they are financed, what outcomes are achieved, and more. 

Webinar: Using Technology to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2 - 3:30pm EDT

Register for Free at

Kelly A. Blasko, Ph.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

David Cooper, Psy.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

Anthony Oliver, M.P.H., Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

John Peters, M.S., Supervisory Telehealth Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Technological advances have paved the way for innovation in delivering quality behavioral health services to service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). These advancements provide SMVF with many resources that mitigate challenges and increase access to care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury at the U.S. Department of Defense, are actively using innovative technology (e.g., smartphone applications, social media, video chats) to support the delivery of telehealth and telebehavioral health services. This webinar will focus on how these innovative technologies can be applied to better meet the diverse needs of SMVF.

Please note, participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers. We recommend ensuring you use external speakers for your desktop. Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Lisa Guerin, Administrative Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5242 or by email at


Recovery Workforce Summit: Psychiatric Rehabilitation 2014 Annual Conference

"Designed to train the recovery workforce, the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference, is an investment in yourself, in your career, and in your organization. During your three and a half days with us, you’ll hear from compelling and inspiring keynotes; select from an assortment of sessions in different tracks that will make you a more effective psych rehab professional; network with your peers and hear what they’re doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness; and much, much more."