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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 …

SAMHSA Outlines New Strategic Initiatives

SAMHSA has just released its strategic initiatives paper that will provide a road map for its goals and activities in the next four years. You can download the paper as a pdf by following this link. SAMHSA has developed this plan with extensive input from a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers and the groups that serve and support them. The end result is this paper, which details how SAMHSA will bring federal resources to bear in its efforts to meet the behavioral health challenges currently emerging nationwide. It also includes information on SAMHSA’s eight strategic initiatives, and describes how …

2011 Florida Peer Conference

The Florida Peer Network is hosting the 2011 Florida Peer Conference: A Vision of the Future: Learn, Advocate, Spread the Word! This conference will be an exciting and informative event for youth who are consumers of mental health services. Sessions offered at this the conference will include Suicide Prevention for Youth, Independent Education Plans and how to understand your IEP, a workshop on Anxiety,  a presentation on Protecting Yourself from Bullying and many more. There will be drawings for prizes at all workshops and a grand prize drawing on the final day. The conference is scheduled for May 7-8, 2011 …

Supported Education

Supported education is the process of helping consumers of mental health services participate in an education program so they may receive the education and training they need to achieve their learning and recovery goals and become gainfully employed in the job or career of their choice. The Café TAC will provide technical assistance and resources on effective approaches to supported education programs such as coaching and accommodations and establish a national database of supported education programs including vocational rehabilitation. CAFE TAC Resources Focus 47: The Challenge of Higher Education for Mental Health Consumers – A First Hand Perspective highlights the …

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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