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Year End News and Notes from The CAFE TA Center

In this year-end edition of news and notes, we want to start off by letting you know about a major funding opportunity for mental health consumer organizations: the SAMHSA Statewide Consumer Network grant. This grant is SAMHSA’s main vehicle to support the work of state-based organizations that work to promote recovery, peer support, and a greater role for people with lived experience in shaping the mental health system of care. You can learn more about this opportunity at Applications must be submitted by December 24th. Speaking of SAMHSA, you will also find a link the agency’s new Strategic Plan …

News and Notes for Summer, 2018

It’s the height of summer, and wherever you are, it’s likely that the weather is pretty stifling in your neighborhood. You might feel like it’s a bit difficult to stay focused, and according to the science, it’s not your imagination. As recently published research indicates, it really is harder to think when the temperature goes up. So try to stay cool, and cut yourself some slack if you’re not feeling sharp. Unfortunately, another topic that has been near the top of the news lately is suicide. As with many other issues, attention to suicide seems to heighten when a well-known …

News and Notes from The CAFE TA Center

In this edition of News and Notes, we’d like to call attention a recent article on mental health from an unlikely source, professional basketball player Kevin Love. In a post on The Player’s Tribune earlier this month, which you can read in full at, Love reveals that he experienced a panic attack during a November game, and goes on to describe how the experience has changed the way he thinks about himself, and about mental health. While Love is hardly the first person to reckon with the realization that a mental health crisis isn’t just something that happens to …

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 …

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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