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October/November 2010 Newsletter

From the Director

A spectacular fall…

The Coalition had two very successful meetings attended by hundreds of people - a networking dinner on September 30 and our Annual Open Meeting on October 1, both in Anaheim, CA. At our Annual Meeting, we shared of our accomplishments this past year and discussed next steps to transforming mental healthcare in the U.S. We brainstormed about challenges and opportunities and discussed policy priorities for the 2011 ballot. Many thanks to Stephen Buckholtz and Jaleah Winn for their masterful facilitation of this meeting! The National Coalition membership will soon vote on the policy priorities for 2011. Stay tuned for those results!

At the Annual Open Meeting, we had the pleasure of giving out the Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Awards. The awards went to Mike Finkel, Executive Director of On Our Own of Maryland, and to Harvey Rosenthal, CEO of the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (NYAPRS). We are so thankful to Mike and Harvey for their lifetime of service and commitment to advancing the rights and wellness of consumer/survivors, and for keeping Judi’s dream alive. Click here to read the nominations and acceptance thank-yous from the winners (PDF, 55KB, 3 pages)

Kathy Muscari, NCMHR Steering Committee Member, and Mike Finkel, Executive Director, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.

Kathy Muscari, NCMHR Steering Committee Member, and Mike Finkel, Executive Director, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.

It has also been a busy fall for Emotional CPR (eCPR). We presented a very successful eCPR institute at Alternatives, led a training November 4-5 for the Collaborative Support Program – NJ and will lead an upcoming November 16-18 eCPR certification training for Alameda County, CA through a contract with Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.) Please contact us if you are interested in hosting an eCPR training.

Finally, if you are an Coalition member organization or individual who writes a blog or has a website, please consider linking to the National Coalition and/or Emotional CPR on your website. That is an important way that you can help us increase our visibility online and reach more people with our message of hope and recovery. Please also let us know if we can link to you. Thanks so much!

Lastly, we had several successful meetings in October to further promote the importance of consumer/survivor voices in decision-making and healthcare reform. We met with Pamela Hyde ((SAMHSA Administrator) and with John O’Brien, who is re-writing the federal block grant process for SAMHSA. We also met with Dr. Robert Heinssen, Director, Division of Services and Interventions Research, and the NIMH RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) Study Director and Dr. Amy B. Goldstein, Associate Study Director for the NIMH RAISE Project where we promoted the idea of studying Open Dialogue in the U.S. For more information on the RAISE study, see www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/raise/index.shtml.

Finally, I leave you with this inspiring video from our cross-disability movement. Enjoy the power! Click here to watch the video.

With love,

Lauren Spiro

Lauren Spiro

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Implications for Federal Addiction and Mental Health Policy

From Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, Vice President, Public Policy, National Council on Community Behavioral Health Care

Key Points:
Discretionary Spending Will Not Grow
The Increase in Federal Medicaid Payments Will Not Be Extended
It Will be Difficult to Repeal Healthcare Reform
To read the full report, click here.

Action Alert!
Social Security Disability Rules to Change—for Better and Worse

Agency Needs to Hear from You Now

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed changes to the way decisions are made for awarding disability benefits based on a mental impairment. These changes will threaten the ability of people with serious mental illnesses to obtain benefits. SSA will not revise these proposed changes unless it hears a large outcry from consumers, providers and experts on mental health and disability. The deadline for comments is November 17th. To learn more, and to take action, click here. Source: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Congratulations to Andy Imparato on Accepting Key Senate Position

AAPD’s President and CEO, Andrew Imparato (pictured), has accepted the position of Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee after 11 years of service with AAPD. Source: AAPD. We wish you all the best in your new position, Andy! To read the full press release, click here.

New Anthology on the Self-Help Movement

A new anthology, edited by Louis D. Brown and Scott Wituk: Mental Health Self-Help: Consumer and Family Initiatives (Springer 2010), includes a chapter by Daniel Fisher and Lauren Spiro entitled “Finding and Using Our Voice: How Consumer/Survivor Advocacy is Transforming Mental Health Care.” To read the chapter, click here. Other chapters include: “Consumer and Consumer-Supporter National Technical Assistance Centers: Helping the Consumer Movement Grow and Transform Systems” by Susan Rogers of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. To order a copy of this book, click here.

New Episode of Madness Radio Online

Seamstress Agnes Richter was locked away in a mental asylum in the 1890s, and was so determined to have a voice that she embroidered her personal story onto the jacket she wore on the ward. What is the hidden history of people writing their own narratives of going insane? How important is it to listen to the experiences of "mentally ill" people? Is there meaning in madness? Gail Hornstein, Mt. Holyoke College professor and author of Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness, discusses the work of the Hearing Voices Movement in the UK, peer run support communities including Freedom Center in the US, and why professionals should let patients speak for themselves. Click here to listen to the show.

Upcoming Events

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse Networking Teleconference

Please join us for our next national teleconference hosted by Joseph Rogers of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse.

The Clearinghouse hosts a monthly teleconference on the third Monday of every month. Our goal is to bring people across the country together to share information and talk about victory and setbacks we experience in the state, national and local level.

When: November 15th, 1:00pm EST
Call-in Info:1-800-270-1153, pass code 74900#

RSVP to Bryce Hewlett at as soon as possible. You can also contact him for more information.

December 7 Webinar on Holistic Approaches to Wellness

Register Today!

To learn more and to register, go to:

Registration will close at 5 p.m. ET, on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

Please share this invitation with interested friends and colleagues.

The SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign invites you to a free training teleconference titled “Prevention and Holistic Approaches to Wellness: A Fresh Perspective on Mental Health Recovery.”

This teleconference will educate diverse stakeholders about both peer-delivered and community mental health provider-delivered alternatives to wellness that focus on building resiliency and supporting individuals to establish healthier lifestyles. It also will address how to create educational campaigns and outreach to disseminate information about complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science.

Date and Time
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Register Today!
To learn more and to register, go to:

Registration will close at 5 p.m. ET, on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

Please share this invitation with interested friends and colleagues.


  • Sherry Jenkins Tucker, CPS, Executive Director
    Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Inc.
  • Ken Jue, M.S.W., Senior Executive of Monadnock Family Services, Founder and Creator of In SHAPE
  • Prachi Patel, Public Affairs Specialist
    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health


This training teleconference will include a question-and-answer session. We invite you to submit questions at any time before or during the teleconference. To submit questions before the teleconference, please e-mail 10x10@samhsa.hhs.gov. Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A session, but we cannot guarantee that your question will be addressed. We will provide the presenters’ contact information so that you may contact them directly for a response or additional information.

Please note: You may submit anonymous questions; however, if you provide your name and organization when submitting a question, we may use it during the call.

Training Sponsor

This teleconference is sponsored by the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services.

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.