In our last message, we let you know about our latest Focus newsletter, Supported Education: Examining the Evidence. Coincidentally, we happened across a report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services this week that has a lot to add on the question of just how much evidence there is to validate supported education as an investment-worthy practice.
This report, entitled Feasibility Study for Demonstration of Supported Education to Promote Educational Attainment and Employment among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, notes that “Findings from the current review of research, policy, and practice indicate that SEd is on the cusp of widespread and sustained implementation.” It points to the need for a “two-stage demonstration program” with careful implementation followed by a randomized controlled trials to obtain the necessary evidence for supported education to become an official evidence-based practice, concluding “Such a program would provide the platform necessary to generate the potential evidence needed to move SEd from a promising practice to an evidence-based practice, thus encouraging future funding and widespread adoption.”
This report confirms our belief that supported education is on the verge of becoming widely accepted. If you’re interested, you can read the full report here. CAFÉ TAC will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments in supported education and efforts to demonstrate its value and efficacy.
Of course, there’s a lot happening in the world of mental health beyond developments in supported education, including the Alternatives Conference call for presentations, multiple webinars and new funding opportunities. To see what’s caught our attention, please see below!
The 2016 Alternatives Conference is being held September 19-23 in San Diego, CA, and presentation proposals are currently being accepted. If you would like to submit a proposal, you must do so by May 23rd. To view the call for presentations, and learn more about the process, visit the Alternatives website:
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