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News, Notes, and a Major Funding Opportunity

SAMHSA has just released a funding opportunity announcement for the Statewide Consumer Network (SCN) grant program. The SCN is the SAMHSA grant program that supports statewide consumer mental health organizations in several states across the nation. The purpose of this program is to improve efforts to address the needs of adults with serious mental illness by “developing and/or expanding peer support services, peer leadership, and peer engagement strategies statewide.” This grant is specifically intended for consumer organizations, which SAMHSA defines as “an organization that is controlled and managed by mental health consumers and dedicated to improving mental health and ensuring …

News and Notes for January 31

This latest edition of the News & Notes email includes a number of items that highlight the value and complexity of peer support. They include two surveys, on one the stress experienced by those in the peer workforce, and another on peer supervision practices. There’s also new information to highlight the positive impact of the peer support approach, as well as a webinar emphasizing the importance of self-care for those in the peer workforce. Of course, the tug of war between stress and self-care is something that everyone experiences, whether they are a peer support specialist or not. On the …

News and Notes for December 19

The end of the 2017 is almost here, and the holidays are upon us. This is a busy time for many people, with plenty of things to cross off the to-do list before enjoying the season. Here at The CAFÉ TA Center, one of the things on our to-do list is to get you one last edition of our News & Notes email before the year is out! Even though your attention may be drawn to holiday planning, friends and family as December comes to a close, there is still a lot happening in the world of mental health. In …

Focus 47: The Challenge of Higher Education for Mental Health Consumers—A First Hand Perspective

The benefits of educational attainment are clear and widely recognized. People with better educations have access to better jobs, and earn more over the course of their lives. They also develop careers, and benefit from the sense of purpose and direction that accompany a life of meaningful work. For people with mental health conditions, the benefits of higher education are no less essential, but they can be more difficult to attain. Not only are there barriers in terms of finding a campus that will provide the necessary accommodations and supports, but there are also the significant financial barriers to higher …

News and Notes for November 30, 2017

By now, hopefully, you have adjusted to the season’s shorter days, and the annual fall ritual of setting your clock back an hour. The sudden loss of an hour of sunlight in the afternoon can be jarring, and for some, the general lack of daylight that sets in this time of year can have a negative impact on mental health. This phenomenon is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, and is sometimes referred to as SAD. People that experience SAD deal with things like depression, fatigue, weight gain, a desire to sleep more than usual and a lack of energy. If …

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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