Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
July, 2004

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 and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education.


The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is pleased to announce a newly developed web-based repository of recovery resource information designed to assist state mental health administrators and consumers in state offices of consumer/recipient affairs in their work to create more recovery-oriented mental health systems. Using a brief survey to learn what resources are in use and what information would be helpful to promote recovery, this repository is intended to be an on-going work in progress. Suggestions of additional recovery resources and feedback on the site are welcome. We are currently developing the “Related Topics” section and look forward to your input. Access the following link to view the repository:


The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), chaired by Steven James Tingus, Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, will sponsor public meetings to receive comments on the federal disability and rehabilitation research agenda. The meetings will be held on July 20, 2004 in San Francisco and July 22, 2004 in Washington, DC. Comments on a wide range of topics, including employment, community life, education, technology, and health are welcome. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to comment on how existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of people with disabilities. For more information or to provide your written comments, fill out an online form at <>. Individuals who wish to present comments at either public meeting must reserve time on the agenda by contacting Robert Jaeger, Executive Secretary of the ICDR by email <> or phone at 202-245-7386.


“What Professionals Need to Know about Families,” a series of 5 training modules on a CD, is now available. Each module includes a trainer and participant manual and a supporting PowerPoint presentation. This CD is intended for use by family members, or by professionals co-teaching with family members, to help professionals to work more effectively with families of people with psychiatric disabilities. The modules include recommended readings for trainers and participants, training content and guidelines, exercises for participants, sample contracts for participants, and pre and post training evaluations. For more information on this product, access the following link:


The latest issue of the Recovery & Rehabilitation Newsletter highlights the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educator’s Group which is composed of faculty, primarily from the United States, who teach psychiatric rehabilitation at the college or university level. By sharing information at conferences and through their website, faculty work to enhance curricula, course materials, and fieldwork sites. The group works on collaborative projects such as studying academic program outcomes and developing national standards for psychiatric rehabilitation education. This newsletter issue also includes information and resources on teaching evidence-based practices. To view the newsletter go to:

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