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November - December 2011 Newsletter

From the Director

The autumn leaves are falling rapidly and we are getting ready to transition into winter. We have passed the five-year anniversary of the Coalition’s existence, and have much to celebrate. Yet there is still so much to do.

We had a terrific Annual Meeting on October 27 in Orlando, where we shared our accomplishments and provided information about the Coalition to new prospective individual and organizational members. We are delighted to announce our transition to having a Board of Directors, and welcomed four new Board members into the fold (see full announcement below under “news.” We are also beginning to craft our annual policy priorities for 2012; these will be announced soon. To see our past policy priorities, click here.

Sally Zinman receives awardWe also had the wonderful experience of watching the surprise and joy register on Susan Rogers’ face when she was awarded the Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award by NC Board member Sally Zinman (see photo, left). The Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award recognizes Judi's lifetime of joyful dedication to bringing hope into the lives of individuals labeled with mental illnesses around the world. 

We received even more wonderful news this fall. The SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) contract has been awarded and the National Coalition will be part of the team providing policy and practice analysis, as well as training and technical assistance, to States, providers, and systems to increase the adoption and implementation of recovery supports (e.g., peer-operated services, shared decision making, supported employment) for people with mental health and/or substance use issues. Hiring for this new staff person is under way.

So, as you can see, this is an exciting time for the Coalition. We are looking forward to being able to expand our presence on Capital Hill, so we can better realize our mission to be the national voice of consumer/survivor organizations. Here’s to our collective dream of realizing recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, consumer-driven policies and programs and practices! Together, we can be - and create - the change we wish to see.

All the best,

Lauren Spiro

Lauren Spiro

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NCMHR Welcomes New Board Members

NCMHR is pleased to welcome four members to its newly-formed Board of Advisors (previously known as the Steering Committee): Todd Lange, Ann Rider, Charles Willis, and Amy Zulich. Click here to learn more about our new Board members.

New Survey: Is Your Organization Trauma-Informed?

This brief survey was developed by the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, in consultation with NCMHR. The purpose to is gather information on what peer-run organizations are doing in terms of trauma-informed programs and services, and what the technical assistance needs may be. Thanks for taking the time to fill out this survey – you will be providing a valuable service. To complete the survey, click here.

Summaries of Alternatives 2011 Wellness Workshops Now Online

National Coalition member organization P.E.E.R.S. has created summaries of some of the 2011 wellness-related workshops, as well as a synopsis of SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde's presentation. Click here to access a wide variety of podcasts and summaries.

Bill Gates Announces 2012 Scholarship Program For Low-Income Minority Students

The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established to provide outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest. To date, the program has given scholarships to more than 15,000 students. Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following disciplines: education engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. Contact: To apply, visit http://www.gmsp.org. Deadline: The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, January 11, 2011

New Position Paper on Elimination of Seclusion and Restraints

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery has gathered a group of stakeholders to produce a position paper on the Elimination of Seclusion, Restraints, Force and Coercion. This is a very important topic that often affects those who are the least able to advocate for themselves. Please join with us to create a seclusion and restraints free health system. Click here to read the position paper.

Webinars/Online Events

Occupy the Psychiatric Industry!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 2 pm ET, 11 am PT

Your calls are welcome on this live free MindFreedom web radio show. At that time click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidwoaks. Call-in Number: (646) 595-2125.

Two Special Guests:

  • C.J. Lince has a unique approach to "Boycotting Normal" called the "People's DSM," turning the tables on psychiatric labeling.

  • Erick Fabris is a psychiatric survivor and mad pride activist, author of a new book on the human rights violation of forcibly drugging people living in their own homes, while living out in the community: "Tranquil Prisons: Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders."

  • Host David Oaks is a psychiatric survivor activist for the past 35  
    years, and director of MindFreedom International. He works with Occupy  

Peerlink Webinars

All webinars take place: 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Eastern)

  • Thursday, November 17th
    “Working Towards Recovery”
    with Kasey Moyer
    Kasey will be presenting on Nebraska’s only consumer run supported employment program.  We will be looking at SAMHSA’s Evidence Based Practice of Supported Employment and the integration of recovery principles within this model.

  • Thursday, December 15th
    “Financial Education: The Key to Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence”
    with Missy Kloos
    This webinar will explore the benefits of economic empowerment programs in effectively serving survivors of domestic violence.  We will define financial abuse and give examples, including tactics such as identity theft, blocked access to finances, and ruined credit.  We will also provide practical tools for service providers who work with victims of domestic violence and financial abuse and detail the successes of our Economic Empowerment program.

  • Thursday, January 19th
    “Stand Up For Mental Health”
    with David Granirer
    David Granirer is a counselor and stand-up comic.  He performs, maintains a counseling practice and teaches Stand-Up Comedy Clinic at Langara College in Vancouver, where he takes people from all walks of life who have had a secret desire to do stand-up comedy.

These webinars will be presented live via teleconference and web interface.

WEB ACCESS: www.readytalk.com, CODE: 8200138

PHONE ACCESS: 1.866.305.2467, CODE: 518298#

You must log into both the web interface and teleconference to see and hear the presentation.

To receive an invite to register for these events, send an e-mail to: rsvppeerlink@gmail.com with the title of the webinar(s) you would like to attend as the subject. This presentation is made possible by grant funding from SAMHSA Grant #: SM59955-01.

Conferences/Face-to-Face Events

December 9-11, 2011
An Integrative Approach to Psychosis and Other Transformative Spiritual Experiences
With Laura Mancuso, Jay Mahler, David Lukoff, and Mike Cornwall
Workshop participants will be immersed in a weekend of co-creating an expanded vision for valuing the transformative power of psychotic/visionary processes. This alternative view has been a venerable Esalen tradition since 1962.
Click here for complete workshop info and registration.
Click here to visit the Facebook page for this event.

Please forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested. CEUs will be provided for MFTs, LCSWs, Nurses, and Psychologists. For more information, click here to contact Esalen directly.