mental health

Back to School with Supported Education

As people all over the country return to their educations, it seems an appropriate time to ask what place there might be for individuals with behavioral health challenges in the world of post-secondary education. Getting an education has never been more important to having a successful career, and education can also be an important component …

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Workforce Development: Consumer Organization Opportunities

The latest edition of The CAFE TA Center’s Focus newsletter examines the roles that consumer organizations can play in shaping the behavioral health workforce. Organizations have a multitude of opportunities to participate in and influence workforce development within the public and private mental health arenas. As the Affordable Care Act is rolled out, organizations will …

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Alternatives Registration Now Open

Registration for the Alternatives 2012 Conference is now available! To register, simply visit the Alternatives website where you can complete an online registration, or download a registration form to complete off-line. Alternatives is the nation’s premier peer and consumer centered conference for individuals with behavioral health needs. The theme of Alternatives 2012 is “Honoring Our …

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Watch the July Road to Recovery Program: Ready, Willing, and Able To Work: Employment for People in Recovery

For individuals in recovery from mental or substance use disorders, employment is often an essential part of the recovery process. Employment increases a person’s self-worth, stabilizes living circumstances, and facilitates integration with the community. Being unemployed is associated with increased rates of mental disorders and with higher rates of substance use disorders and relapse. In …

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Supporting Consumer Participation in Conferences

Every year, there are a wide variety of conferences, trainings and learning opportunities related to mental health, substance abuse, peer networks, trauma informed care, and other important behavioral health topics. These events typically invite the participation of consumers of behavioral health services, but unfortunately, there are some genuine barriers that can make it difficult for …

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