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News and Notes for Global Peer Support Celebration Day

Today is Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day! This is a day to recognize the amazing work peers are doing to help people with mental health needs, and to bring a message of hope and recovery to our mental health system. This global day of recognition was created by the International Association of Peer Supporters in …

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CAFE TAC News and Notes for May 24, 2016

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close and summer begins, it looks as though Congress is set to make a final push for mental health reform legislation. Reports are circulating that the House Energy and Commerce Committee may consider compromise legislation that include provisions from both Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) bill – Helping …

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Supported Education: Examining the Evidence

Supported education is a simple idea that makes intuitive sense. Getting a college degree can be extremely beneficial, both personally and professionally. Higher education allows people the chance to explore their interests and fulfill their dreams, while also markedly improving their employment prospects for a lifetime. At the same time, people with mental health needs …

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A Focus on The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

On June 16, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), had its first public hearing before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This piece of legislation, which is similar but not identical to the version that failed to pass in 2013, has the potential …

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Focus: Recovery is Breaking Through

People with lived experience and advocates that work in the mental health world are well-versed in the idea of recovery. We know that a mental health challenge is not a debilitating lifetime sentence, and that by focusing on strengths and wellness, people with mental health conditions can live fulfilling lives and contribute to society. The …

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A Focus on SAMHSA’s New Strategic Plan

Like any organization, from the largest corporation to the smallest grassroots advocacy group, our nation’s lead agency for behavioral health, SAMHSA, has a strategic plan to guide it. After more than 1,400 public comments and months of refinement, the latest version of that plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018 …

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Recovery Stories – Episode 2: The Road to Recovery

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to announce the release of the second video in its ongoing series, Recovery Stories. This series of videos, all of which were assembled from interviews of people with lived experience of mental health challenges at the 2013 Alternatives conference, provides a platform for people to share their individual experience …

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