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Welcome to The CAFE TA Center!

Welcome to the brand new online home of The CAFE TA Center! The CAFE TA Center is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership. We believe that  better outcomes among Americans with serious mental illness will result from putting consumers with real world experience at the center of the mental health system …

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 …

Workforce Development

This section includes resources on Workforce Development that have been created by The CAFE TA Center. Links to available resources can be found below. Concern about the state of the behavioral health workforce has highlighted problems with an impact on almost every aspect of prevention and treatment across all sectors of the behavioral health field. Workforce development reports difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff, the absence of career ladders for employees, marginal wages and benefits, limited access to relevant and effective training, the erosion of supervision, a vacuum with respect to future leaders, and financing systems that place enormous burdens …

Organizational Sustainability

The demands on nonprofits continue to mount with increased pressure to do more with less.  Organizational leaders struggle with expectations to function like a business but continue to be reimbursed as a charity. The CAFE TAC will provide organizational and program leaders resources, tools, and training that can contribute to survival and promote the sustainability of organizations and assist leaders in developing the skills and expertise that can enhance the overall health of their organizational infrastructure to keep them afloat with a targeted emphasis on fundraising, progressive organizational development, strategic direction, and financial planning. The CAFE TAC has created a …

Disaster Planning and Recovery

Each year thousands of people are injured due to a disaster.  This may be a tornado, hurricane, floods, fire, or man-made disasters such as those resulting from the Gulf Oil Spill.  These disasters can leave entire communities traumatized and countless individuals with mental health care needs as a result. Lessons learned from the past disasters have taught us that being prepared and following through on a disaster plan can make a difference in quality of life and even survival.  Consumers of mental health services face additional challenges, as they attempt to respond and recover while addressing the many issues posed …

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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Phone: (850) 224-4670

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