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January 2010 Newsletter

Director's Note

We are getting off to an exciting start in 2010. The National Coalition Steering Committee meets this week to move toward developing our policy on electing Steering Committee members. And based on input from participants at our Oct 2009 Annual Open Meeting, we are in the process of voting on our annual public policy priorities. We are meeting with the Medicaid director in early February and we will be meeting with the new SAMHSA Director soon.

Best wishes for 2010

Lauren Spiro

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NC News

Icarus Project: Call for Submissions for Trauma Reader
Submission Deadline: March 21st, 2010.

We believe it is time for a reader that tells our stories and gathers our poems, radiates with our art and speaks our thoughts. Understanding and being able to relate, calling out and hearing other voices can help us to find individual and collective strength in the face of political, ecological, social and personal trauma. Click here for complete details and submission guidelines.

This Emotional Life – Please List Your Consumer Run Organization

“This Emotional Life” is a three-part series on happiness which premiered January 4 on PBS. The website for the show (http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife), is part of PBS and has 2800 plus support resources. However, there are few consumer-run programs listed in the resource section. Please register at the site to submit your consumer-run organization to www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/resource-finder; you can also give other consumer-run organizations a positive rating.

New SAMHSA Administrator Has Eye On Behavioral Health In Health Care Reform

A hopeful piece about new SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde’s plans to raise that agency’s visibility and impact in Washington, especially in increased long awaited collaborations with other federal agencies.
Source: NYAPRS E-news, Mental Health Weekly (January 4, 2010). Click here to read more

SAMHSA Accepting Applications to Provide Up To $8.9 Million in Grants That Will Promote Consumer Involvement in Restructuring Mental Health Systems

SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 for up to $8.9 million, over 5 years, to fund five consumer and consumer-supporter technical assistance centers (TA centers) that will strengthen and enhance consumer and directed approaches for adults with serious mental illness. Click here to read more

SSA’s 2009 Ticket to Work Mental Health Summit: Recovery Through Work 
- Summit Presentations NOW Available Online

During the two-day summit, the lineup of presenters gave a series of impactful keynotes and breakout sessions addressing topics from dispelling Ticket Program myths to functioning as a successful Employment Network to evidence-based practice in supported employment. Presentations and related Summit materials are now available for download at the following address: http://www.cessi.net/ticketmentalhealthsummit/program.html. Just click on any presenter’s name that is a live link and you will be able to open or save the associated documents. Webcasts of keynote presentations will be made available for view in the near future. These will be available at http://www.cessi.net/ticketmentalhealthsummit/video/index.html.

Will Hall’s INTAR opening address NOW available online

Will HallMadness Radio producer and Icarus Project and Freedom Center organizer Will Hall’s insightful address to the 2009 conference of the International Network Towards Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR) conference can be found online, in four parts:

     Part I
     Part II
     Part III


White House Announces New Nominations to the National Council on Disability

Among the individuals nominated to the National Council on Disability is Ari Ne'eman, founding President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, where he initiates and directs efforts to increase the representation of autistic individuals in public policy discussions. He is a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. Please click here to read Ari's full bio and learn more about the other nominees

Call for Proposals: Fourth Annual Mental Health Peer Specialist Conference
Peer Specialists in New York City: Taking the Lead: A New Generation of Peer Leadership, New York University, June 15, 2010

Submission deadline: Friday January 15, 2010

This conference provides an opportunity for working peers to enhance their knowledge and skills, advance their careers and create greater balance and harmony in their lives and the lives of the people they serve. For more information, click here

White House Seeks Leaders with Disabilities for Fellow Program

Application Deadline: February 1

President Obama and Mrs. Obama would like your help to encourage talented leaders with disabilities to apply to the White House Fellows program. The White House Fellowship is one of the nation's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Each year, 11-19 exceptional young men and women are selected to spend a year in Washington, D.C. to gain first-hand experience in the process of governing the nation at the highest levels of the Federal government.
To read more, click here. Source: AAPD’s Justice for All Blog


Shared Decision Making in Mental Health: Panel Discussion on Consumer Perspectives and Experiences
Creating Dialogue, Promoting Choice, Supporting Recovery

January 21, 2010: 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. (Eastern Time)
As part of its ongoing effort to promote recovery and consumer choice SAMHSA will host this second in a series of three Webinars designed to introduce and explore the principles and practice of shared decision making from various perspectives. Presenters for this Webinar will focus on four themes related to consumer perspectives and experiences with shared decision making in mental health service settings. Participation in this Webinar is free of charge; register directly by clicking here and submitting your information.

Save the Date

Women of Color Network National Call to Action Institute and Conference: Supporting Women of Color Advocates and Activists Working to End Violence Against Women and Families

May 10-14, 2010, New Orleans, LA - The event will begin with three institutes occurring simultaneously over two days: a Women of Color Institute, Men's Institute (in partnership with A Call to Men), and Mainstream Women Allies Institute. This will be followed by a two-day national conference. For more information, visit: www.womenofcolornetwork.org | Click here to download the WOCN brochure (PDF)

The purpose of the NCN is to share information that is consistent with our mission and values and that is significant for our constituency. We are not endorsing any particular organization.