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The Role of Consumer Run Organizations in Helping Persons with Mental Health Needs in a Changing Health Care Environment

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act presents both challenges and opportunities for individual behavioral health consumers and consumer organizations alike. For individuals, there will be a challenge in identifying how their healthcare may change, and finding reliable answers to their questions about those changes. For consumer organizations, there will be a new role to …

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Organizational Development: Getting your Nonprofit Status is Just the Beginning

The CAFE TA Center presents the latest edition of its Focus newsletter: Organizational Development: Getting your Nonprofit Status is Just the Beginning. Many consumers in communities around the country would like to start their own consumer organization, and that’s a really positive impulse. At the same time, there’s more to having a successful organization that …

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Focus 8: Disaster Preparedness: Are We Ready?

From tornadoes in the Midwest, to flooding in the Northeast, to wild fires in the Southwest, recent events have reminded us that everyone needs to be ready for a potential disaster. Times of natural or man-made disaster can be especially difficult for Americans with behavioral health needs, as they can be cut off from essential …

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Focus 7: Supported Education: Is It A Right?

The CAFE TA Center is committed to helping people succeed through Supported Education, and is here to provide reliable information on how consumers can benefit from educational opportunities. Of course, many consumers have questions about Supported Education, especially when it comes to determining what an institution of higher learning is required to provide in terms …

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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 …

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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 …

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