Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
May, 2005

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.

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NEW DIRECTORY of CONSUMER-DRIVEN SERVICES

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse announces a new web-based Directory of Consumer-Driven Services(CDS). The purpose of the Directory is to provide consumers, researchers, administrators and service-providers with a central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs. The current
version of the CDS Directory features organizations which have been identified by the Clearinghouse as leaders in the field. The listing is grouped by program type and name. Phase II of the CDS Directory, to be launched in August, will include a larger database of programs, searchable by program-type, location, size, evaluation level and other parameters. Visit the Directory at the following link:
< http://www.cdsdirectory.org >.

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SAMHSA REACHING OUT TO PROSPECTIVE GRANTEES

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that it is sending an e-mail letter to persons known to be interested in SAMHSA grants to inform them that they can file for grants online at www.grants.gov. This new system creates one application process for 26 participating federal departments and agencies and will enable prospective grantees to register one time for all federal grant opportunities online and have information generated for future applications, so information does not have to be re-entered. Interested applicants can see a web cast on grants.gov at www.grants.gov/SpreadWordWebcast.

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WHAT PROFESSIONAL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FAMILIES

A series of 5 modules focused on helping professionals work effectively with families is now available. Each module includes a trainer and participant manual and supports a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on one CD. Modules include recommended readings, training content and guideleines, exercises for participants and pre-post test training evaluations. For more details, go to www.bu.edu/cpr/catalog

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FREE ARTICLE: CONSUMER-RUN DROP-IN CENTERS: PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND COSTS
“Consumer-Run Drop-In Centers: Program Operations and Costs” published in the Spring 2005 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is available for free download. Authored by Mark C. Holter and Carol Mowbray, this article reviews the results of in-depth phone surveys conducted with 32 consumer-run drop-in centers in Michigan. Survey results review service costs, funding levels, salary levels, the overall array of services and participation levels. To download this article go to: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/prj/spring2005/

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