Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
June, 2002

The purpose of the Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is to inform mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation events and publications, as well as general mental health and rehabilitation news.

The development and dissemination of this eCast is jointly supported by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education.

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Recent Article Examines Personal Assistance Services

There is a growing recognition that Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can provide an efficient and effective means for serving people with psychiatric disabilities. A recently published article, “Exploring Personal Assistance Services for People with Psychiatric Disabilities” reviews sources of data on PAS for all disability groups, examines state policy and highlights a needs assessment conducted with mental health service recipients. To read this article access the link below:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog/articles/2001/

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Conference Themes Important for Administrators,
Practitioners & Educators

The conference “Innovations in Recovery and Rehabilitation: The Decade of the Person” to be held in Boston this October will cover a variety of issues including recovery and rehabilitation process and techniques, system and program development, employment, education, housing, and personnel development. We look forward to your attendance!

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National Study of Professionals and Managers with
Psychiatric Conditions Study Widely Publicized

Contrary to popular belief, people living with severe psychiatric conditions are able to maintain professional and managerial careers. Over the past several years, results of the study have been disseminated in a press release and distributed to various media outlets including Internet health and mental health websites, radio announcements, and announcements in popular and mental health magazines and professional newsletters such as The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health and The Bergen Record. To read these news accounts and find out more about the study, access the links below:
http://www.camh.net/journal/journalv4no1/tell_the_boss.html
http://www.bergen.com/cgi-bin/page.pl?id=3735925
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/research/rtc1999/si_3.html

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Consumers Learn to Advocate for Themselves

In response to mental health consumers’ growing demand for self-advocacy education, the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self Help Clearinghouse has developed the Freedom Self-Advocacy Curriculum in collaboration with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) and the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS). The Clearinghouse is now offering hands-on training to help you learn how to teach consumers the attitudes, knowledge, and skills for successful self-advocacy.
http://www.mhselfhelp.org/freedom/

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