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Focus 5: Emerging Adults Need Consumer Support

Emerging adulthood is the phase between adolescence and full-fledged adulthood. Traditionally services in the behavioral health realm have been divided between systems designed for children, and systems designed for adults. Late adolescence and early adulthood are a critical period in human development, and an especially vulnerable time for those with behavioral health issues, with young adults aging out of foster care and youth systems, and some young adults experiencing the symptoms of mental illness for the first time. In the latest edition of our newsletter, we put the focus on those emerging adults, and the ways in which adult consumers …

Supported Education for Consumers of Mental Health Services

Supported education provides supports for individuals with mental health disabilities to take advantage of skill, career, education and interpersonal development opportunities within a normalizing academic environment. Many individuals with behavioral health challenges find their educational process interrupted by their condition. Supported education is about getting those individuals back on track, so they can enjoy the personal fulfillment and career success that come with education. Supported education is one of the CAFE TA Center’s areas of concentration, and to help introduce consumers to the topic we have just published a new paper entitled Supported Education for Consumers of Mental Health Services. …

Focus Issue 4: Fighting Workplace Stigma

One of the biggest obstacles that individuals with mental illness face in the workplace is stigma. Stigma results in negative perceptions of an individual based on their illness, and results in many negative assumptions about an individual’s ability to perform their job and succeed on the part of co-workers and supervisors. Sometimes, stigma can be so strong that it leads to discrimination. Fortunately, there are several federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against those with mental illnesses, both in the workplace and in other public places as well. In the latest issue of the Focus newsletter, we examine …

About The CAFE TA Center

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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