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Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care

Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care is an “at demand” training product that explores the trends, approaches, and opportunities in workforce development in hiring consumers of mental health services as Peer Specialists or Consumer Supporters. The training is an introductory discussion about common terminology, employment law, and other factors that are critical in setting the stage for a successful consumer representative employment program. The training can be easily accessed anytime and used as a tool in training others to broaden their understanding of employing consumers with lived experience as critical partners in service …

Youth and Emerging Leaders

One of the exciting and important developments in the world of behavioral health in recent years is the growing recognition of the important role that youth and emerging leaders can play in the world of adult mental health. There are many programs and organizations designed to serve families, as well as program and organizations committed to supporting adult consumers. At the same time, there is a population of young people with a unique perspective on behavioral health, many of which have dealt with foster care, juvenile justice and mental health systems. The CAFE TAC believes that it is critical to …

SAMHSA Launches new Website for Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act

SAMHSA has just launched a new Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act webpage that provides information on the impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 for States, providers, consumers and families. The new page is located at This site is a great source of information on the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act. It includes information on who the law applies to and how it is enforced, what consumers and advocates should do if they believe someone is violating this new law, and connections to resources on mental health parity.

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.

820 East Park Ave. Suite F-100. Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone: 850/224-4670

Toll Free: 855/CAFE-TAC (223-3822)

Fax: 850/224-4674