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Alternatives 2011 Registration Now Open

Alternatives 2011 is coming to Florida! The 25th annual Alternatives conference, the oldest national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/survivors, will be held October 26-30, 2011, at the Caribe Royale Orlando, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. The theme of Alternatives 2011 is “Coming Home: Creating Our Own Communities of …

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The CAFE TAC Invites You to View “Organizational Stability, Part 1”

The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to fostering sustainability among consumer-led organizations throughout the country, so they can thrive and provide a strong advocacy voice on behalf of their members. To support that commitment, we have created a two part training on organizational sustainability. Organizational Sustainability, Part 1 is an overview of current trends in …

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SAMHSA Releases Consumer-Operated Services Tool Kit

SAMHSA has just released the Consumer-Operated Services Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Kit. This free product provides tools for developing mental health services that are owned and operated by people who have personal experience living with a psychiatric disorder, and offers guidance grounded in evidence-based practices. The entire tool kit is available at no cost through SAMHSA. …

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Supported Education for Consumers of Mental Health Services

Supported education provides supports for individuals with mental health disabilities to take advantage of skill, career, education and interpersonal development opportunities within a normalizing academic environment. Many individuals with behavioral health challenges find their educational process interrupted by their condition. Supported education is about getting those individuals back on track, so they can enjoy the …

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Focus Issue 4: Fighting Workplace Stigma

One of the biggest obstacles that individuals with mental illness face in the workplace is stigma. Stigma results in negative perceptions of an individual based on their illness, and results in many negative assumptions about an individual’s ability to perform their job and succeed on the part of co-workers and supervisors. Sometimes, stigma can be …

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View “Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care” Online

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to announce that its first online training is now ready to be viewed ! This training, entitled Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care, explores the trends, approaches, and opportunities in workforce development involving hiring consumers of mental health services as Peer Specialists …

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Attend ‘Beyond the Basics’ June 2 in Orlando

Join us on Thursday, June 2, at the Disney Coronado Springs Convention Center, for a very special training opportunity. This day-long session, entitled “Beyond the Basics: Developing Leadership within the Consumer, Family and Youth Voice,” will give advocates and leaders the tools they need to create real, meaningful systems change. This training is ideal for …

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SAMHSA Launches new Website for Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act

SAMHSA has just launched a new Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act webpage that provides information on the impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 for States, providers, consumers and families. The new page is located at http://samhsa.gov/healthreform/parity. This site is a great source of information on the Mental …

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CAFE TAC Publishes new Paper on Workforce Development

We are pleased to announce that we have just posted our newest resource on Workforce Development, The Role of Consumers with Lived Experience in Mental Health Workforce Development. This document explores the role that consumers can play in forming the backbone of a mental health workforce that is well-versed in recovery and based in successful …

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