Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
January, 2003

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PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS: INFORMATION NEEDED!

We are seeking information to help us understand the need for a web-based dissemination tool for program administrators interested in supported employment. If you are a program administrator, please complete this anonymous 5-minute survey on our web site. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

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NOW RECRUITING MENTORS IN BOSTON AREA

As part of National Mentoring Month, we are pleased to announce that the Services Division at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is initiating a mentoring program called Jump Start. This program will use mentoring relationships to help young adults (ages 16-26) with psychiatric disabilities transition from school to work. We are seeking people in the Boston area who have experienced a psychiatric disability and are currently working full or part-time who would be willing to become mentors. Jump Start is funded through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration and will run from February to October of 2003. For more information on the Jump Start program and becoming a mentor, access the following link:
/resources/newsletter/jump-start-initiative

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STUDY FINDINGS ON REASONABLE WORKPLACE ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

“An Investigation of Reasonable Workplace Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Quantitative Findings from a Multi-Site Study” published in the February 2002 issue of the Community Mental Health Journal is now available for download. This study explored reasonable workplace accommodations for individuals with psychiatric disabilities involved in supported employment programs. The article discusses the functional limitations and reasonable accommodations provided to study participants, employers, and service provider organizations. To view the full article, access the below link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog/articles/2002/

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NATIONAL RESEARCH REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY PUBLISHED

“Mental Health Recovery: What Helps & What Hinders? A National Research Project for the Development of Recovery Facilitating System Performance Indicators” was conducted and prepared by a research team including Steven. J. Onken, Ph.D., Jeanne Dumont, Ph.D., Priscilla Ridgeway, M.S.W., Douglas H. Dornan, M.S. and Ruth Ralph, Ph.D. This study was designed to: increase knowledge about what facilitates or hinders recovery; devise a core set of indicators that measure critical elements and processes of a recovery-facilitating environment; and integrate items that assess recovery-orientation into a multi-state “report card” of mental health system performance measures. The reports is available at the following link:
http://www.nasmhpd.org/ntac/reports/MHSIPReport.pdf

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