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Watch the July Road to Recovery Program: Ready, Willing, and Able To Work: Employment for People in Recovery

For individuals in recovery from mental or substance use disorders, employment is often an essential part of the recovery process. Employment increases a person’s self-worth, stabilizes living circumstances, and facilitates integration with the community. Being unemployed is associated with increased rates of mental disorders and with higher rates of substance use disorders and relapse. In […]

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Supporting Consumer Participation in Conferences

Every year, there are a wide variety of conferences, trainings and learning opportunities related to mental health, substance abuse, peer networks, trauma informed care, and other important behavioral health topics. These events typically invite the participation of consumers of behavioral health services, but unfortunately, there are some genuine barriers that can make it difficult for

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Alternatives 2012 Website Now Online

The official website for the Alternatives 2012 Conference is now online! You can view it at www.alternatives2012.info. Alternatives is the nation’s leading national conference by and for individuals with behavioral health needs. This year marks the 26th Alternatives, making it the longest running national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/survivors. This

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Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mental Health Needs

The CAFE TA Center has just published a new resource to help individuals with mental illnesses be prepared to take care of themselves in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Disasters can be extremely disruptive, challenging and trauma-inducing for anyone. For those with mental health needs, losing access to services and supports can

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Bridging the Gap: Reaching Out to Emerging Adults

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to announce the release of its latest on-demand online training, Bridging the Gap: Reaching Out to Emerging Adults. This training examines the obstacles that must be overcome as individuals with behavioral health needs transition from systems of care created for children, to those created for adults. It also explores

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Check Out Disaster Planning for Consumers of Mental Health Services

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to present its newest online training, Disaster Planning for Consumers of Mental Health Services. Everyone needs to be prepared for potential disasters, and have a plan in place so they are ready to react. For individuals with mental health needs, it is especially important to be ready for any

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The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce

This month’s edition of the Focus newsletter examines the state of the behavioral health workforce. Despite the need for behavioral health services growing nationwide, the numbers of those that serve the behavioral health population has not grown to match. The behavioral health workforce also fails to match the diversity and geographic scope of those it

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Check out the CAFE TA Center’s Resource Compendium

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to present 2011 Selected Topical Resources. This publication is a compendium of resources, information, and links for consumers of mental health services and programs that serve them related to our topical areas of focus, including emerging adults, employment, organizational sustainability, supported education, and wellness. We hope that you find

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