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February 2011 Newsletter

From the Director

I have been thinking about leadership lately. It seems that we are arriving at the tipping point of seismic change that will re-align our healthcare system with a deeper, more gratifying, empowering and hopeful way of caring, supporting and assisting one another. The fissures and fractures that currently dominate our system do not support our genuine human needs for the long-term. We are on the forefront of a new vista.

To that end, the NCMHR is, among other things:

  • Offering a free teleconference February 16, 2pm-3pm EST on "Visionary C/S/X Leadership: Leaders who are Committed to Building Consensus, Community and Collaborations" with speakers, David Oaks, Keris Jän Myrick, and Pam Hyde (see below under "Upcoming Events" for more info).
  • Working with key stakeholders to design a series of 2011 workshops for advocates on getting engaged in health care reform.
  • Rolling out Emotional CPR (eCPR) Train The Trainers in May 2011.
  • Finalizing a NC statement on "Medication Optimization, Choice, and Alternatives: Guidelines for Psychiatric Treatment, Services, and Supports", and for the first time (drum roll please... holding regional and national elections for the purpose of
  • Voting for our NC Transitional Board of Directors 2011.
  • Save the Date! NCMHR and NEC are co-sponsoring a 2-day gathering, "Creating Connections through Dialogue" in Beverly, MA (on the ocean), June 10-12, 2011 (see below under "events" for more information")

Lead On!!!

"Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a moulder of consensus. On some positions cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution, March 31st, 1968

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Emotional CPR (eCPR) Videos Now Online!

These introductory short videos, filmed at an actual eCPR training in Alameda, CA, provide an overview of eCPR, as well as examples of three role plays that took place at the training. Please post far and wide! To watch the videos, click here.

Welcome Oryx Cohen to NEC as Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Director

Oryx looks forward to working with NEC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue systems change state by state. The most important piece of what will inform his work is his lived experience with altered states of consciousness: being diagnosed, hospitalized, and subsequently finding a path to healing. His work experience includes co-directing the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (WM RLC) for the past four years. At the WM RLC he helped develop a system funded peer-run alternative to the mainstream system that has experienced amazing success (www.westernmassrlc.org). He also co-founded the Freedom Center in 2001, the Pioneer Valley’s only independent peer-run support/activist organization. For more information on Oryx, click here.

Psych Out 2011 Seeks Proposals: Proposal Deadline Extended to 2/15/11

The conference will take place June 20 & 21, 2011

Graduate Center, City University of New York, 34 Street & 5th Avenue, NYC

We are seeking proposals that focus on building coalitions, alternatives to the psychiatric industry, User and Survivor-run alternatives, trauma informed practices, support-decision making  strategies, and learning from marginalized groups such as women, Users and Survivors of color and indigenous people with disabilities, youth, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered people, people who are homeless and  others living in poverty, and how they resist psychiatric oppression in different ways within a human rights framework aimed at challenging the power of institutional psychiatry. Click here for more information.

Anatomy of an Epidemic One-Page Summary of Findings Available

Journalist Robert Whitaker has put together this succinct one-page summary of the findings contained in his groundbreaking book Anatomy of an Epidemic. Click here to access the document. To order the book, click here.

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services - Nearly Half of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Offer Mentoring and Other Peer Support Services

Individuals who have achieved recovery can offer valuable social support for those looking to start or maintain their own recovery process. Peer mentors can help their mentees set goals, solve problems, access resources, and build substance-free social networks.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) provides information on mentoring and other peer support services offered at substance abuse treatment facilities. In 2009, 6,325 of 13,513 (47 percent) of surveyed facilities offered mentoring or other peer support services. The percentage of facilities offering these services has gradually increased since 2006 (Figure 1). Facilities providing residential care were more likely than facilities providing hospital inpatient care or outpatient care to offer mentoring or other peer support services (72 vs. 45 or 41 percent; Figure 2).

Source: 2006 to 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).

Find this report and those on similar topics online at http://oas.samhsa.gov.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The NAC is an advisory committee established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.

The NAC has a position open for applications and nominations in the following disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Health Scientist, Standard Settings, Infrastructure Protection, Communications, Disabilities, Local Non-Elected Official, Tribal Elected Official and three appointments which will be selected at the discretion of the FEMA Administrator.

Qualified individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV). Letters of recommendation may also be provided, but are not required. Applications are accepted now through Friday, March 4, 2011. For more information: http://www.fema.gov/about/nac


NCMHR Teleconference: "Visionary C/S/X Leadership: Leaders who are Committed to Building Consensus, Community and Collaborations"

Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2 pm - 3 pm EST

Call-in number: 1-877-444-7543, Code: 8839036387#

The speakers have been asked to focus on an aspect of leadership that that they believe is essential for current and developing leaders. The National Coalition recognizes that C/S/X organizations and movements face some special challenges, but there are issues that are universal in developing as a leader.


David Oaks, Executive Director, MindFreedom International (MFI)
Keris Jän Myrick, President and CEO, Project Return Peer Support Network
Pam Hyde, Administrator, SAMHSA

Due to the short duration of the call we ask that National Coalition and other interested parties submit questions in advance no later than 12 noon EST, Monday, February 14th. Please email your questions to Jim McNulty, National Coalition Steering Committee member and moderator, or Lauren Spiro.

For the complete teleconference announcement, click here.

SAMHSA ADS Center Training Teleconference

Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities
February 23, 2011, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Homelessness has become a widespread public health issue with an estimated 671,859 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2010) Stable housing is an essential human need and is a key social determinant of both health and mental health. Many who become homeless have a history of either childhood or adult trauma, or both, that can lead to the development of mental health problems and/or substance use disorders which become worse when an individual lives on the streets or in shelters.

This teleconference will educate participants about current trends and practices in the field, recent precedent-setting court rulings to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead, and the central role of social connectedness, social capital, and social inclusion as the foundation for developing programs that support people who have been homeless. Participants will also hear how one person moved from being homeless to being a homeowner and the lessons that can be learned from his recovery journey.

Register Today!

To learn more and register, please visit the following page: http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/default.aspx.

We encourage you to share this invitation with interested friends and colleagues.

Please Note: Registration will close at 5:00 p.m., ET, on Sunday, February 20, 2011.


  • Livia Davis, M.S.W., CSWM, Center for Social Innovation, SAMHSA Supportive Services, Housing Technical Assistance Center
  • Bonnie Milstein, J.D., David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Michael Kelly, CPS, Housing for New Hope

Training Sponsor

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

Please explore the SAMHSA ADS Center Web site for more information: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov

Creating Connections through Dialogue

Endicott College (on the ocean)
Beverly, MA (1/2 hour north of Boston)
Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12, 2011

This event will occur before USPRA's annual conference which begins on Monday, June 13th in Boston, MA.

We live in an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world. This 2-day gathering will explore many different facets of connectedness and the implications for recovery and wellbeing for all. With exciting speakers as well as interactive discussions and brainstorming sessions, we will explore how connections play a vital role in individual wellbeing and the promotion of social change. A facilitated dialogue between providers and consumer/survivor leaders will help both groups to build skills and collaborate more effectively in the provision of services and in advocacy.

Featured speakers include: Robert Whitaker, Dan Fisher, Debbie Whittle, Suzanne Beachy, Oryx Cohen

Click here for more information.

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.