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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 Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act. It includes information on who the law applies to and how it is enforced, what consumers and advocates should do if they believe someone is violating this new law, and connections to resources on mental health parity.

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 peer to peer relationships. The employment of consumers in the mental health system promises increased employment opportunities for consumers in recovery, and better, more responsive services for those with behavioral health challenges. To learn more about consumers in the workforce, please check out The Role …

Focus Issue 3: Supported Education

The third issue of our Focus newsletter is now available! This time we introduce the concept of “supported education.” It’s an important area of concentration for the CAFE TA Center, and a useful tool for anyone whose mental health challenges have hindered their progress in reaching their educational and career goals. Education is essential to successful participation in society, employment and personal fulfillment. Supported education is a tool to help people with mental health or substance abuse issues succeed in getting the education they want and need! Please check out our new Focus online here.

SAMHSA Is Seeking Comments on a New Unified Application for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants

SAMHSA announces a new approach for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHSBG). Under this new approach, the grant applications will merge, providing states and territories the opportunity to use block grant dollars for prevention, recovery supports, and other services that supplement services covered by Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. The block grant funds will be directed to four purposes: Fund priority treatment and support services for individuals without insurance or for whom coverage is terminated for short periods of time. Fund those priority treatment and support services that …

Alternatives 2011 Call for Papers Available

Alternatives, the national conference created by and for mental health consumers, will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida this coming October 26-30. The event is designed to provide consumers with in-depth information on peer-delivered services, innovative paths to recovery and other issues related to consumer leadership in supporting our nation’s mental health and well-being. Alternatives 2011 is being hosted and organized by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, a peer-run national technical assistance center funded by SAMHSA. We are pleased to announce that they have made a call for papers from individuals interested in sharing …

About the CafeTAC

The CAFÉ TA Center is a program of The Family Café, a cross-disability organization that has been connecting individuals with information, training and resources since 1998. The Center is supported by SAMHSA to operate one of its five national technical assistance centers; providing technical assistance, training, and resources that facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system through effective consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses across the country.

We Exist to Help You

The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to providing quality training to consumers and advocates throughout the country. Consumers in the community need the right knowledge and tools to effectively organize, speak for themselves, and thrive in their daily lives. Thanks to the technology available, it has become relatively easy to connect with consumers and advocates and share resources without having to ask people to interrupt their daily routines by traveling to attend training.

Check Our Resource Bank

The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to connecting consumers, advocates and organizations with information and resources that can make a real difference for them, regardless of where they come from. That’s why we have created this section, to house those resources that partners, experts, peers and advocates and developed and chosen to share with others. We truly believe that our advocacy and capacity can be greatly enhanced by working together, not only across states and SAMHSA programs, but also across the entire spectrum of healthcare and human services advocacy.

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