Safety Planning & Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations

Safety Planning & Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Safety planning and lethal means reduction are integral parts of comprehensive suicide care. Clinicians should develop safety plans collaboratively with all persons identified as at risk for suicide immediately after identifying the risk.

To develop effective safety plans and organizational policies for lethal means assessment and counseling, training for staff is necessary. Furthermore, input from those with lived experience is essential.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify safety planning and ways to reduce lethal means as part of a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach.
  2. Discuss ways to maximize the effectiveness of a safety plan.
  3. Develop an organizational policy for lethal means reduction.
  4. Explain the importance of input from people with lived experience.

Space is limited, but the slides and recording will be available after the webinar on the Zero Suicide toolkit,

Learn more and register for the webinar


Reflections on Ferguson: How a Trauma-Informed Lens Can Make a Difference

Title: Reflections on Ferguson: How a Trauma-Informed Lens Can Make A Difference

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:  Cathy Cave, Senior Program Associate, Advocates for Human Potential; Leah Harris, M.A., Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery; Chacku Mathai, CPRP, Director, STAR Center; Keris Jän Myrick, MBA, MS, Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA


The recent tragic events in Ferguson, MO and across the country have brought the issues of community safety, health, dignity, and wellbeing to the forefront.  Tragic events in the community can lead to reactions of grief, anger, and continuing trauma that are similar to the traumatic experiences shared by consumers and peers with diverse backgrounds who have experienced prejudice and discrimination in their communities.  During these challenging times, what do consumers and peers have to offer to help communities heal? Is the trauma-informed lens that we use to understand our personal experiences effective in supporting others going through similar experiences when tragic events occur? What do trauma-informed communities look like and how might we get started? Join us for a conversation between national peer leaders and offer your questions and perspectives as we discover a way forward together.

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Employment and Disclosure Webinar

Employment and Disclosure

Date: Thu, Dec 11, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center


Meeting Description:

Disclosure is one of the questions people always ask when considering employment. The Sharing Experience Learned Firsthand (SELF) project gained insight from peers in recovery about the role of lived experience of mental distress and challenges in training and service delivery. Individuals provided their experiences sharing personal history, views on risks and benefits of disclosure, suggestions for colleagues who were considering disclosure, and guidance for organizations wanting to support the effective use of self-disclosure in service provision. Interviews, focus groups, and survey data will be shared during the webinar as well as recommendations for future exploration. Project staff will briefly touch on the impact the project had on their own recovery journeys. 

Speaker Bios

Beckie Child, MSW is the Interim Executive Director of the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN). She is working on a doctoral degree in social work and teaches in the Social Work program at Portland State University. Beckie’s research interests include the lived experience of people receiving mental health services increasing equity in health outcomes for people with mental health diagnoses, self-injury, systems change and transformation, and all things mental health. She is a current member of the governor-appointed Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and is a member of Disability Rights Oregon’s PAIMI Council.

Casadi “Khaki” Marino is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work through Portland State University.  She is in recovery from bipolar disorder and is mad identified. She has worked in a number of settings including outpatient, residential, supported housing, a state hospital, and a jail. Khaki facilitates the meetings of “Light of Madness,” a Hearing Voices group. Her research focuses on peer support and delivered services, madness and identity development, and disability and mad theories. 

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Psychiatric Advance Directives: Why and How to Use this Vital Recovery Tool

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The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is sponsoring a 90-minutewebinar on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET1 p.m. CTnoon MT11 a.m. PT

PADs are a legal health care tool that outlines the preferences of an individual with a mental health condition in regard to treatment, and designates a trusted advocate to make decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated. This webinar will help individuals with a mental health condition, family members, and mental health providers to understand and utilize this important recovery tool. 

The webinar will feature presentations by Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, and Adam Nester, public policy manager at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Topics that will be covered include how to complete a PAD for yourself or with a family member or service participant, and providing greater clarity to individuals with mental health conditions and trusted advocates (often family members) as to their roles in advance mental health care planning.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time

Register today to attend an upcoming listening session about criteria development for the Demonstration Program To Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014). Participants can attend in person or via webcast.

Register for the Listening Session

Section 223 seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. The clinics will focus on improving outcomes by increasing access to community-based behavioral health care, expanding the availability and array of services, and improving the quality of care delivered to people with mental and/or substance use disorders.

Additional Information and Resources:

Event Location: 
Sugarloaf/Seneca Conference Room 
1 Choke Cherry Road 
Rockville, MD 20857

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