National Empowerment Center - Upcoming June Teleconferences

Upcoming Teleconferences
Implementing Recovery-Oriented Practices 1: Emerging Trends in Program and Workforce Development
June 8, 2010
3:00—4:30 P.M. (Eastern Time)
Chacku Mathai, CPRP, and Gail Smith
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
John Morris, M.S.W.  and Sue Bergeson
Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce
Moderated by
Larry Davidson, Ph.D.
Development Services Group, Inc.
Sponsored by: The Office of the Associate Director for Consumer Affairs
 Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
To Register
Participation in this Webinar is free of charge, and is open to consumers, providers, family members, policy makers and any other interested individuals.
You may register directly by clicking on the following link (or copy and paste the URL in your browser):
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As part of its effort to raise awareness and promote recovery-oriented practice with mental health professionals, SAMHSA will host the first in a series of Webinars designed to present and explore implementation strategies on recovery-oriented services.  All Webinars offer participants an opportunity to hear from leaders who work in the field and experience implementation issues first-hand. Presenters during this first Webinar will share their experiences, and Larry Davidson will moderate a discussion focused on emerging trends in program and workforce development.
Chacku Mathai, Associate Executive Director, NYAPRS, will present from a practitioner perspective on the essential principles and components for transforming programs to a recovery orientation. Gail Smith will describe her own experiences of receiving services from conventional and transformed services, and will offer her perspective on the most important ingredients of recovery-oriented practices.
John Morris from the Annapolis Coalition (AC) will provide perspective on the importance of involving consumers and families at every stage of curriculum development and implementation, starting with assessment of the respective professions. Sue Bergeson will describe this process from her own perspective as a behavioral health consumer and a family member of behavioral health consumers based on her participation in workforce development activities. 
The New Health Care Law:  What Does It Mean for People Living with Mental Illness and Mental Health Challenges? 
Date:          Thursday, June 10, 2010 
Time:         5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time 
Speaker:   Andrew Sperling, NAMI Director of Legislative Affairs  
Andrew Sperling is the Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy for NAMI.  In this position, he leads NAMI’s legislative advocacy initiatives in Congress and before federal agencies. Mr. Sperling works on issues affecting the mental health community with a focus on improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses.
Since 1994, Mr. Sperling has also served as Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force.  Prior to joining NAMI, Mr. Sperling held the position of deputy director of government relations for the National Community Mental Healthcare Council and was a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Dick Swett (D-NH).
Mr. Sperling earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Tulane University.  After graduating from Tulane, Sperling attended George Washington University where he received a Masters of Arts, and in 1992, he earned a law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center.
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Introduction: The new health care reform law creates enormous opportunities to expand access to insurance coverage and treatment for children and adults living with mental illness.  In addition to expanding coverage with insurance and primary-care treatment, the new law also presents a range of specific provisions designed to improve coverage of mental illness treatment in both private health plans and publicly funded coverage. This session will help inform and clarify what this legislation is about, and provide an opportunity to learn in-depth details.  
In this presentation we will offer participants the opportunity to discuss: 
1.    “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, which will greatly expand access to mental health care and addiction treatment 

2.    How access to care will be improved due to insurance market reforms that will prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions, rescissions of coverage when people most need it, pricing premiums based on health status, and annual and lifetime limits on benefits. 

3.    Mental health care and addiction treatment are included on the list of essential benefits that must be covered in new plans offered to the uninsured through the exchanges.  

4.    Expansion of Medicaid to 133% of poverty ($14,404 for individuals; $29,327 for families of four) regardless of traditional eligibility categories (thus including childless adults)

5.    The elimination of the Medicare Part D coverage gap, which will eliminate the donut hole in the Medicare prescription medication coverage as Medicare is a crucial source of support for millions of people with behavioral health conditions

6.    New requirement that coverage for dependent children must be available up to age 26 and will provide additional funding for school-based health clinics.  Both provisions are critical in light of the fact that mental health conditions often strike during the adolescent and young adult years but most will not receive treatment until many years later, if at all. 

7.    Mental Health Specific Provisions, which include the Melanie Blocker Stokes Post-Partum Depression Act (Section 2952), to offer Support services to women experiencing postpartum depression and psychosis, education for mothers and their families, as well as research into the causes, diagnoses, and treatments for postpartum depression and psychosis

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The STAR Center gratefully acknowledges SAMHSA as the funding source for the STAR Center’s work and activities. Please visit SAMHSA/CMHS at for many helpful resources, self-help tools and guides, and links. The STAR Center promotes consumer-directed approaches that maximize self-determination and recovery and assist people with serious mental health challenges to decrease their dependence on expensive social services as well as to avoid psychiatric hospitalization.
Empowerment     -       Independence   -     Responsibility    -     Choice     -   Respect and Dignity “Let your Star shine!”

The views and opinions that may be presented and discussed during the teleconference will not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and should not be construed as such.