Judi Chamberlin Honored at ACMHA Summit
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership awarded Judi Chamberlin the Timothy J. Coakley Behavioral Health Leadership Award, which Lauren Spiro accepted on behalf of Judi and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. The award recognizes “consumer and family leaders in the behavioral health field whose work is characterized by the highest degree of integrity and a passion for creative approaches for improving the lives of people with mental health problems.”
Judi Chamberlin, who passed in January 2010, was one of the country’s first and most vocal advocates for the rights of people with mental health conditions. In accepting the award, Lauren showed a short film entitled “Judi Chamberlin: Her Life, Our Movement” which the National Coalition created for this event. It brought tears to many eyes.
The NC has now officially launched a campaign to gain support for a documentary about the history of the consumer/survivor movement.
ACMHA: Healthcare Reform Domains and Key Action Steps
ACMHA, which met in Santa Fe, NM, convened the first summit of behavioral health leaders since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. No. 111-148). Consensus emerged, including many consumer/survivor voices, around six domains that comprise the ACMHA platform: principles and values, services and systems, consumer and family roles and impacts, financing, partnership and collaboration, and workforce. Click here to read the key action steps proposed by summit participants that the behavioral health field must immediately take to address the present and emerging opportunities offered by health care reform.
ACMHA, and many consumer/survivor leaders, will closely monitor progress made on the proposed action steps as health reform is implemented. Our involvement is needed as the future course of behavioral health is now being charted. Let us make sure the values and policy priorities of the consumer/survivor movement are front and center as we move forward. For more information on ACMHA, click here.
The Human Impact of Seclusion and Restraint
On March 31, 2010, Lauren Spiro gave a talk entitled “The Human Impact of Seclusion and Restraint” at the Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint Recognition Program: Fostering Resilience and Promoting Recovery through Coercion-Free Care at SAMHSA, Rockville, MD. An excerpt of Lauren's talk: "...I could not understand why I was being treated so inhumanely...The internalized oppression says, 'It was not that bad.' The truth is, I almost didn’t survive.” Click here to read the full text of the talk.
Six $20,000 grants will be awarded to consumer-run organizations
Application Period Opens for 2010 CMHR Awards
Deadline: June 7, 2010
Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery (CMHR) State Awards, which fund selected consumer-run organizations across the United States to promote the CMHR on the State and local levels. These awards provide support for community-based efforts to promote recovery and to counter negative perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs associated with mental health problems. The comprehensive Project Guide, which fully describes the project focus, eligibility requirements, application requirements, and other important information, is available at http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/CMHR/awards/2010awards.aspx.
Alternatives 2010 Call for Presentations Online!
Deadline: May 6, 2010
Please submit your workshop proposals for Alternatives 2010: “Promoting Wellness Through Social Justice/Promoviendo Bienestar por medio de Justicia Social" to be held September 29 – Oct 3 in Anaheim, CA. Click here to download the presentation form.
Celebrating Those Who Make a Difference for Mental Health
The Voice Awards honor film and television writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into their scripts, programs, and productions. The awards also recognize the accomplishments of consumer leaders who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. All entertainment industry nominations must be received by
April 30, 2010.
All mental health consumer nominations must be received by
May 14, 2010. Click here for guidelines and to submit a nomination.
Secretary Sebelius Announces Five New HHS Regional Directors
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the appointment of five new regional directors of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
* Christie Hager, Region I - Boston (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
* Jaime R. Torres, Region II - New York City (NY NJ, NY, PR, VI)
* Joanne Grossi, Region III - Philadelphia (PA DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
* Marguerite Salazar, Region VIII - Denver (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
* Herb K. Schultz, Region IX - San Francisco (AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam, PI, AS)
NEW Madness Radio Show
Violent Voices with Erica van den Akker
People who hear voices are no more violent than anyone else -- but what about the small number of voice hearers that do actually commit violent crimes? Are medications and locked wards the best way to help those who act on their aggressive "command hallucinations?" Dutch psychologist and Hearing Voices Movement member Erica van den Akker discusses her innovative counseling work with violent offenders in the Netherlands. Click here to listen to the show.
“What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist
By Donald M. Berwick
New Blog: Recovery Lifestyle
Ed Daigu Knight’s blog is "about life style issues such as diet, meditation, exercise, mindful living and recovery from extreme states which is an ongoing process." Click here to visit the blog.
Celebrate Non-Discrimination Win In April
July 26, 2010 will be the twentieth anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Like all anniversaries, it is an opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. An important piece of disability rights history is the famous "504 sit-in" in 1977, which resulted in the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on April 28th, 1977. Click here to listen/view NPR’s 2002 report on this event.
Effective Strategic Planning
May 7 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST
The National Consumer Support Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC) is pleased to announce the next webinar in our series of presentations to assist peer-run organizations in their efforts to become successful, sustainable organizations.
The Strategic Planning course will be presented by Steve Harrington, executive director of the National Association of Peer Specialists. Please email Patrick Hendry to register. Once we receive your reservation we will send you the information you need to participate in the presentation.
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
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