Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
August, 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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IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED TO PROPOSED LONG-RANGE PLAN ON DISABILITY RESEARCH

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDRR) has released its proposed “Long-Range Plan
for Disability and Rehabilitation Research” for review and
comments. The document outlines priorities for rehabilitation
research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities
for the next five years. This opportunity for people with
disabilities, their families and advocates, and researchers and
service providers to provide input lasts only till August 25,
thirty days from the time the plan was made available
(Federal Register, July 27, 2005).

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PSYCHIATRIC VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (PVR) FOCUS FOR NEWSLETTER

As a major component of the New Freedom Initiative of 2003,
mental health and vocational service providers are charged with
assisting persons with psychiatric disabilities to obtain
employment. The summer issue of the Center for Psychiatric
Rehabilitation’s quarterly newsletter (available as a free
download) highlights the need for vocational rehabilitation
specifically geared to address the needs of persons living with
psychiatric disabilities. Also described is the PVR Certificate
Program offered through the Center and its approach to helping
practitioners gain new levels of competency.
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/rr/pvr2005/pvr2005index.html

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SAMHSA RELEASES ACTION STEPS FOR TRANSFORMATION

The federal government is aligning resources in an unprecedented
collaborative effort to help ensure that people with mental
illnesses have every opportunity for recovery. Six cabinet level
departments — Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and
Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Veterans Affairs — and the
Social Security Administration have detailed 70 specific steps
in a mental health action agenda released recently. Available
through The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
the “Federal Action Agenda for Mental Health” is a free download
at http://www.samhsa.gov/Federalactionagenda/NFC_preface.aspx.

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20 PDP HOURS AVAILABLE FOR NEW BOOK + TEST

A test is available from the Professional Development Program (PDP)
at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation on the Center’s
newest book published in July entitled, Recovery from Severe
Mental Illnesses: Research Evidence and Implications for Practice.
Successful completion of the test earns 20 PDP hours.
For more information about this and other Books + Tests available
for order online or by mail, refer to:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/pdp/bookstests.html

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ARTICLE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

Authored by Drs. Michael Mancini, Eric Hardiman and Hal Lawson
and published in the Summer 2005 issue of the Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Journal, “Making Sense of It All: Consumer
Providers’ Theories About Factors Facilitating and Impeding
Recovery from Psychiatric Disabilities” is a qualitative study
examining the accounts of fifteen adults regarding how they
recovered from serious psychiatric disability. The consumer
providers who participated in this study provided important
findings and fresh understanding about the recovery process.
For a free download of this article, access the
following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/prj/summer2005/ManciniPRJSummer29.1.pdf

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FALL WORKSHOPS ON MEDICARE, HIGHER ED, LATINOS & HEALTH

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is hosting the
following four workshops during November 7-10, 2005.
– Strategies for Success for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
in Higher Education – Mon, Nov. 7; 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $115.
– Medicare Part D: Helping Consumers Choose and Manage Health
Care Plans – Tues, Nov. 8; 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $50.
– A Call to Action: Health Promotion Services for Adults with
Psychiatric Disabilities – We, Nov. 9; 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $155.
– Abriendo Caminos: An Innovative Approach for Engaging Latinos
with Psychiatric Disabilities in Rehabilitation – Thurs, Nov. 10;
9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $45.
All workshops will be held on the Boston University Campus.
Mark your calendars! Full workshop descriptions and registration
information coming in next month’s eCast.

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