"Disaster Community Support Network of Philadelphia, a Program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania" was developed by Mark S. Salzer, Ph.D., now executive director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. The Disaster Community Support Network of Philadelphia (DCSN) was established by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) to create settings in which self-help and mutual aid can occur in response to a traumatic community-wide event. The mission of the DCSN is to establish the groundwork for community meetings to take place in the event of national, state, or local events that impact, either directly or indirectly, Philadelphians and their communities. However, the lessons of the DCSN are broadly applicable to communities around the country. To download the free manual, click on Enclosure, below.
This manual was developed by Mark S. Salzer, Ph.D., now director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. "The Disaster community Support Network of Philadephia (DCSN) has been established by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) to create settings in which self-help and mutual aid can occur in response to a traumatic community-wide event. The mission of the DCSN is to establish the groundwork for community meetings to take place in the event of national, state, or local events that impact, either directly or indirectly, Philadelphians and their communities. However, the lessons are broadly applicable to other communities.
On September 2, 2015, Doris Schwartz saw a Kenneth Cole billboard on the Henry Hudson Parkway in NYC that promoted prejudice and discrimination by perpetuating the false link between gun violence and mental health conditions. She quickly went into action! This is the story of how the advocacy community rose to the occasion and brought down the billboard! Click here.
The STAR (Support, Technical Assistance and Resources) Center presented this webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET.
A recording is availalbe below.
Presenters: Shirley Montoya, Project Manager and Anthony Lee, Traditional and Culture Instructor, Healing Circles Wellness Center in Shiprock, New Mexico; Rudy Soto, Policy Analyst, National Council of Urban Indian Health.
Understanding and embracing indigenous healing approaches is an important way to move forward in addressing healthcare inequalities, especially in Native communities. In this STAR Center webinar, our presenters shared examples of self-care and healing approaches that are used in urban, rural and frontier communities, described the history, foundations, values and standards inherent in these approaches as well as offered recommendations for how these approaches may be better engaged by Native people in states, territories and tribal governments across the country.
We hope you are engaged, educated and empowered by this provocative and inspiring webinar presentation on approaches to eliminating the health and mental health disparities in our communities.
Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) is a national coalition of health and consumer advocacy organizations committed to empowering consumers to make the best use of evidence-based healthcare (EBHC). CUE, organized in 2003 when the USCC invited advocacy groups to join a consumer advocate-scientist partnership, is a pioneering effort to improve consumers' ability to engage in and demand high quality healthcare.
Updated report of programs to train and certify peer specialists across the country. Compiled by the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health.
Kaufman, L., Brooks, W., Bellinger, J., Steinley-Bumgarner, M., & Stevens-Manser, S. 2014.
View the document on the Web - http://sites.utexas.edu/mental-health-institute/files/2014/07/Peer-Specialist-Training-and-Certification-Programs-A-National-Overview-2014-Update.pdf - or download it below.
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT
Download the Flyer at the bottom of this page.
All of us have heard an exasperated person say, “You can't fight City Hall!” But that would be wrong: Peers have helped shape policy at the local, state, and national levels. This webinar will cover methods that you can employ to influence decisions affecting yourself and others. Using current advocacy campaigns as illustrations, the session is a chance to discuss best practices in systems advocacy, including such topics as:
- What types of advocacy can non-profits engage in?
- How to identify key legislators at the city, state, and national level;
- How to create relationships with policymakers and administrators and their staffs;
- How to develop policy positions;
- How to create a grassroots action committee;
- How to work in coalition with other groups.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Elisha Coffey, MSW
Program Manager for I CAN at MHASP
Elisha is the program manager of the Involved Consumer Action Network (I CAN) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She supervises a team of advocates who help individuals access and navigate mental health services and other community resources. Elisha also serves on coalitions, boards, and committees that drive system change efforts. Elisha is a member of MHASP’s public policy team, analyzing policy, educating legislators, educating and mobilizing persons in recovery, and writing policy briefs. She is also instrumental in planning and implementing the Youth Point-in-Time Count in Philadelphia. She previously worked with youth aging out of foster care to help them access housing resources. Elisha holds a master’s degree in social work from Temple University.
Adam Nester, MS
Advocate for Mental Health Systems and Policy at MHASP
Adam is the advocate for mental health systems and policy at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). His responsibilities include legislative outreach, coalition-building and advocacy training and development, with an emphasis on systems analysis and public policy. He directly works with municipal, state and national legislatures and systems stakeholders, including peers, family members, and service providers. He holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Here is a template for a letter to help you request funding to attend Alternatives 2014. We also urge you to check out the Funding Suggestions page on the Alternatives 2014 website, which is available by clicking here. In addition, the deadline to apply for a SAMHSA scholarship to attend the conference is available by clicking here.
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