September is almost here, and that means that Recovery Month is here again!
Every September SAMHSA promotes National Recovery Month to bring national attention to behavioral health and let people know that recovery is possible! It’s an occasion to celebrate our own recoveries, as we spread the message that people with behavioral health conditions can and do recover, and live productive, fulfilling lives in the community.
This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” SAMHSA has many materials and resources to help mental health consumer organizations participate in Recovery Month. Visit the Recovery Month website at https://www.recoverymonth.gov/. While you’re at it, you may also want to join the conversation on the National Recovery Month Facebook page, watch videos on SAMHSA’s Recovery Month Youtube channel, follow the Recovery Month Twitter feed, or download the National Recovery Month Toolkit in English or Spanish.
September also means that its’ time for Alternatives! The 30th Annual Alternatives conference is coming to San Diego on September 19-23. We hope to see you there! You can find everything you need to know about Alternatives at http://www.alternatives2016peerlinktac.org/.
And if you’re looking for another great September conference on the other side of the country, you can join The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) for their 34th Annual Conference on September 14-16 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, NY. To learn more, visit https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=21.
Wherever you are on your recovery journey, we hope September brings you a renewed sense of wellness and possibility!
Peer Specialist Training & Certification Programs National Overview 2016
The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas School of Social Work is the preeminent source of information on how peer support specialists are trained and certified in states across the nation. In this new report, they catalog how peer specialist programs work in each state. It also includes a set of “recommendations for states to consider in an attempt to enhance and further advance training and certification programming for peer specialist programs.”
Justice Department Sues Mississippi for Discriminating Against Adults with Mental Illness
A recent DOJ suit alleges that the state “violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) by failing to provide adults with mental illness with necessary integrated, community-based mental health services.”
Share Your Experience with the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force
The US Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear from patients, families, consumer advocates, health care providers, insurers, and other stakeholders on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements. Comments are due by August 31.
To participate, visit http://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/advisory-committees/parity/feedback.html