workforce development

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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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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The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce

This month’s edition of the Focus newsletter examines the state of the behavioral health workforce. Despite the need for behavioral health services growing nationwide, the numbers of those that serve the behavioral health population has not grown to match. The behavioral health workforce also fails to match the diversity and geographic scope of those it …

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SAMHSA Releases Consumer-Operated Services Tool Kit

SAMHSA has just released the Consumer-Operated Services Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Kit. This free product provides tools for developing mental health services that are owned and operated by people who have personal experience living with a psychiatric disorder, and offers guidance grounded in evidence-based practices. The entire tool kit is available at no cost through SAMHSA. …

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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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CAFE TAC Publishes new Paper on Workforce Development

We are pleased to announce that we have just posted our newest resource on Workforce Development, The Role of Consumers with Lived Experience in Mental Health Workforce Development. This document explores the role that consumers can play in forming the backbone of a mental health workforce that is well-versed in recovery and based in successful …

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