March - April 2011 Newsletter
From the Director
Spring is upon us! This time of year provides an opportunity to reflect on what we wish to see "blossom" - in our lives and in our world. Along those lines, the National Coalition has three announcements. First, we are now accepting nominations for our transitional board of directors. For nomination process and guidelines, click here (PDF, 39KB, 5 pages). Click here for a nomination form (PDF, 26KB, 2 pages). Nominations are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2011.
Second, the NC has just released its 2011 public policy priorities, which were formulated and approved by our member states. This year, we want to focus on advocating for our voices to be included more strongly in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and to continue our work in reforming Medicaid to fully support recovery and community integration – in addition to many other priorities. To read our 2011 public policy priorities, click here.
Third, the Coalition is delighted to co-sponsor the "Creating Connections through Dialogue" Conference, taking place June 10-12 at Endicott College on the ocean, in Massachusetts. We hope you will join us there for a weekend filled with thought-provoking and heart-opening conversations and collective learning. For more information and the link, see "events" below.
On a more challenging note, Congressional leaders and the President have agreed to $38 billion in cuts to spending as compared to the FY 2010 levels. The budget includes a $4 billion increase to DOD, and a cut of $42 billion in non-defense spending. It is not clear what this means for reductions at HHS including Medicaid and SAMHSA. The NC will continue monitoring the situation. We strongly oppose the drastic Medicaid cuts and restructuring proposals within the House Budget for FY 2012. These would cause a public health crisis on a national scale. We recently sent a letter on the Coalition's behalf recommending that lawmakers protect Medicaid from drastic cuts and from block grants or caps on federal funding. Please write a letter of your own calling for the preservation of the Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act provisions giving states new options and incentives to provide more cost-effective Medicaid home and community-based services.
Lead on! And Enjoy the spring, everyone!
Alternatives 2011 now accepting workshop proposals
The Call for Papers is now available for download or online submission!
Each Alternatives Conference offers in-depth technical assistance on consumer/survivor-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. The Alternatives 2011 Advisory Committee, which includes consumer/survivor leaders from across the nation, is seeking proposals for presentations to be submitted by May 31st. Everyone is invited to consider becoming a presenter at Alternatives 2011. First-time presenters are especially welcome! Learning from each other is a clear example of self-help, mutual support and the principles of recovery in action!
SAMHSA Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 Voice Awards
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting nominations for its 2011 Voice Awards. Voice Awards honor peer or consumer leaders who distinguish themselves in educating the public about behavioral health issues. This year, SAMHSA is especially considering peer leaders who have advocated for trauma survivors and for trauma-informed care. Nominees are sought who have promoted the social inclusion of individuals with histories of trauma, have personally demonstrated the possibility of recovery, and have made a positive impact in their school, workplace or community. Voice Award nominations are also being accepted for an eligible TV or film production that was released after April 15, 2010. All nominations are due by April 22, 2011. The awards ceremony will take place on August 24, 2011, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif. To nominate an eligible consumer/peer leader or an eligible TV or film production, go to the Voice Awards website at www.voiceawards.samhsa.gov.
Daniel Mackler's New Documentaries on Non-Medical Approaches to Recovery Now Available
Trailers for Daniel Mackler's new films on alternative methods for recovering from psychosis, Open Dialogue," and "Healing Homes," can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp-YMJFUtn4 and http://www.youtube.com/user/dmackler58#p/a/u/1/aBjIvnRFja4.Click here to read Mackler's comments on making the film "Open Dialogue" about the alternative treatment offered to individuals with psychosis in western Lapland, often without medications.
Faces and Voices of Recovery Seeking Nominations to Board of Directors
Faces & Voices Board of Directors' nominating committee is calling for nominations for service on the Faces & Voices board. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2011. Application materials are now available. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2011. Learn more... Click here for a link to more information about Faces & Voices including a recent webinar about their history and our just-completed strategic plan.
Antipsychotic drugs may contribute to brain tissue loss in schizophrenia
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track how brain volumes change over time, researchers at the University of Iowa have found that antipsychotic medications commonly used to treat schizophrenia appear to contribute to the loss of brain tissue that sometimes occurs in people with this condition. To read the full article, click here.
Trauma-informed Care: A Call to Arms
By Linda Rosenberg, National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care
…There are hundreds of thousands of women and men who pass through our programs every day with painful histories of personal trauma — including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and witnessing interpersonal violence — that we all too often ignore…the good news is that people…with trauma histories can and do recover…But we can and must do more. To read the full article, click here.
Improving Employment Access for Americans with Disabilities
With bi-partisan support, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found common ground and on March 24 made available for public viewing final Rules on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) at http://www.ofr.gov and the rule has been published. Significantly, the EEOC considered the interests of both employees with disabilities and employers in carefully crafting regulations that will work for all stakeholders. Now, millions of Americans with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, will be able to take one step closer to that level playing field we all seek and have the full opportunity to contribute to one of America's greatest traditions: hard work. To read Valerie Jarrett's blog, click here.
Latest Madness Radio Show: Physics Dreaming and Extreme States Arnold Mindell
What is reality? Why do people in extreme states feel connected to the universe, and experience uncanny and even supernatural events? Does quantum physics have something to teach us about madness? What if therapists were like indigenous tribal shamans, entering into clients' "psychotic" worlds as if stepping into a dream? Arnold Mindell studied with pioneering scientists Richard Feynman and Norbert Weiner and then became a Jungian therapist and founder of Process Oriented Psychology. He discusses his more than 40 years of work with individuals and groups, including people diagnosed with psychosis, and the ancient belief in a purposeful dreaming reality behind everyday events. To listen to the show, click here. See also: http://www.aamindell.net/blog/books#arny, http://www.processwork.org, www.sonic.net/~billkirn/mindell_interview.html
April 12 Webinar on Employment-Related Peer Mentoring
A webinar on using peer mentors to provide employment-related supports to consumers will be held on April 12, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. The presentation – organized by PeerLink Technical Assistance Center, a consumer-run national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – will be based on the Employment Peer Mentor project, which was piloted by a small group of consumer-run organizations in Oregon and is now being expanded. For the web-based part of the conference, log onto www.readytalk.com and enter the passcode 8200138. To hear the audio, call 1-866-305-2467 and enter 518298. To view the flyer, go to WEBINAR 4.12.11 FLYER.pdf Source: http://www.peerlink.us
NADA Conference: Communities of Recovery and Psychological First Aid
May 20-21, Kansas City, MO
Creating Connections through Dialogue
June 10-12, 2011, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
PsychOut 2011: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry
June 20-21, 2011 Graduate Center CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue New York City
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