Attend a Webinar on Financial Basics for Mental Health Consumers

The CAFÉ TA Center invites you to attend a webinar on financial literacy and money basics, “A Foundation for Your Finances: A Review of the Basic Building Blocks of Personal Financial Sustainability for Peers and Consumers” at 2PM ET on Wednesday, January 27th.

Dealing with finances and money management can be intimidating. There are new terms to learn, and a lot of details to account for. Things can be even more complicated for people with mental health conditions who may have inconsistent income and unexpected costs related to services, treatment, or medical copays. The good news, however, is that with a few basic tools anyone can get their finances in order and be better prepared for whatever the future holds.

Join CAFÉ TAC and special guest Pinnacle Bank VP David Hughes for an overview of the basics of personal finance. Together, we will explore questions including:

  • Why do I need a budget, and how do I create one?
  • How do checking accounts, savings accounts, and loans work?
  • How do I build credit?
  • Where can I turn for help and advice?

Financial stability is an important and too-often overlooked part of mental health recovery. By building financial literacy and developing an understanding of banking basics, mental health consumers can find the peace of mind that comes with knowing where their finances stand, work towards financial goals that will support their recovery, and be better prepared for the unexpected.

Register for this webinar at 2 PM on Wednesday, January 27th here.

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Welcome to the Focus 2.0 Newsletter!

Focus-2-1The CAFE TA Center is excited to share the first edition of its new Focus 2.0 newsletter!

This issue introduces the new CAFE TAC, examines the topics we’ll be exploring over the coming years, and offers some useful resources on COVID-19 and mental health.

You can find the latest Focus 2.0 online here.

As always, we welcome your feedback. You can find a short survey to let us know what your priorities are here.

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Announcement of New Grant Award from SAMHSA

The CAFÉ TA Center is pleased to announce that we have received a new SAMHSA-funded five-year Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center grant award!

Over the past ten years, CAFÉ TAC has worked closely with a variety of peer-run organizations that represent people with mental health conditions and certified peer specialists in states across the country. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to help consumers build sustainable organizations that can represent the peer voice and promote recovery in their states and communities.

With this new round of funding, CAFÉ TAC’s scope has expanded. While we remain a resource for peer-run organizations, CAFÉ TAC will now provide information, training, and resources on a broad range of topics that impact people with mental health conditions, their recovery and treatment, and their inclusion in our nation’s mental health system. As a technical assistance center serving people with lived experience of mental health conditions, we have witnessed the transformative power of recovery advocates with lived experience of mental health conditions. We believe that recognition of the value and capability of people with lived experience, including certified peer specialists, is critical to radically improving the lives of people with mental health conditions, the systems that serve them, and the public’s understanding of mental health.

To create the positive change we envision, CAFÉ TAC will share information on the evidence base for the effectiveness of people with lived experience in the system of care, and the many roles in which they can excel. The project will also support people with lived experience to grow and thrive in their recovery through access to educational opportunity, connection with family and other natural community supports, and linkages to resources on employment and economic self-sufficiency. Finally, CAFÉ TAC will be a point of access for a wealth of nationally relevant resources, connecting individuals with news and information from a host of partners.

Areas that CAFÉ TAC will address will include:

  • The integration of peers in the treatment delivery system as part of evidenced-based approaches to care.
  • Roles for peers in crisis services in multiple settings, including services linked to healthcare systems, certified community behavioral health clinics, or hospital emergency departments; follow-up and linkage to care; and in integrated care settings.
  • Training and information for people with lived experience that want to become peer specialists.
  • Supported education to help students with mental health needs succeed in academic settings.
  • Resources and training on youth leadership in mental health.
  • Information on the role families can play in supporting individual recovery.
  • Job-seeking and employment for people with mental health conditions.
  • Economic self-sufficiency, money management, and financial literacy for people with mental health conditions.
  • Information on recruiting and retaining peer specialists and employees with lived experience for state and local organizations.

As we move forward into this next phase, we welcome your input, and the input of people with mental health conditions and their communities across the nation. We have created a short survey as a means for you to let us know what your priorities are. You can find it here. We would really appreciate your input!

We look forward to serving the mental health recovery community for years to come. You can always find us online at

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A Webinar on Peer Leadership, Thursday November 5th

The CAFÉ TA Center hosted a webinar on peer leadership, Leadership Roles for Peers and Peer Specialists . . . within Peer-Run Organizations, the CPS Industry, and the Peer Communityat 2PM ET on Thursday, November 5th, 2020.

Individuals with mental health conditions have the experience, knowledge, and understanding to transform the mental health system of care to make it more effective. The challenge is translating that ability into action that will lead to systems change. This webinar will help to define leadership in the mental health lived experience context and examine different leadership paths, including roles within peer-led organizations, promoting the value of lived experience and peer support to potential partners, and creating a community of recovery through networking and service. 

Attendees will come away with answers to questions like:

Why is peer leadership essential?

How can peer leaders bring people together to create a unified voice for recovery?

How can they partner with state agencies, providers, and professionals to integrate peer support, recovery, and lived experience into approaches to mental health?

How can they help create pathways to professional opportunities for people with lived experience?

Hear from peer leaders currently working in a number of roles about their experiences as leaders in their communities and insights into peer leadership. CAFÉ TAC will also share information about future trainings and learning opportunities that will further explore how people with lived experience of mental health conditions and become leaders in their communities.

Find a full recording of this webinar online at

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March 24 Webinar: Staying in Your Lane: Managing Roles and Responsibilities as your Peer-Run Organization Grows

Join us for the next webinar in the Peer-Run Organization Learning Collaborative Series!

Staying in Your Lane: Managing Roles and Responsibilities as your Peer-Run Organization Grows

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 ET

As peer-run organizations grow, the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in the organization evolve in complex ways. A new organization with a working board and no paid staff can look and operate very differently from an established organization with multiple programs and a full leadership team on staff. How can you make sure that everyone in your organization understands their role and works cooperatively in support of a shared mission and vision as your organization grows? Join this webinar to find out!

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

> Identify key roles within an effectively run organization in all phases.
> Understand how key roles intersect with each other, and what boundaries should be defined to keep things running smoothly.
>Assess your own organization’s stage of development and understand what roles should exist in your organization. 

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This webinar is a part of a series hosted by the five Consumer/Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers: the National Empowerment Center, the CAFÉ TA Center, NAMI STAR Center, Doors to Wellbeing, and Peerlink.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming webinars in the series on May 19, July 14, and September 15.

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