January 2010 Newsletter
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
Help support our work to promote a mental health system that meets our real needs.
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.
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.
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
Will Hall’s INTAR opening address NOW available online
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:
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.
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
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
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.