Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast September, 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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ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR FALL WORKSHOPS ON
MEDICARE, HIGHER ED, LATINOS & HEALTH

Details and registration are now available online for the
four workshops hosted by The Center for Psychiatric
Rehabilitation November 7-10, 2005 at the Boston
University Campus.
– Strategies for Success for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
in Higher Education – Mon, Nov. 7; 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $115.
– Medicare Part D: Helping Consumers Choose and Manage
Health Care Plans – Tues, Nov. 8; 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. Fee: $50.
– A Call to Action: Health Promotion Services for Adults with
Psychiatric Disabilities – We, Nov. 9; 8:30a.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. – 4:00p.m. Fee: $45.
For more information and registration, go to
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/workshops/index.html.

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REMEMBERING CAROL MOWBRAY

Carol Mowbray, professor, advocate, researcher, died on August 23, 2005, of cancer. She was a tireless advocate of psychosocial rehabilitation and was known worldwide for her work on recovery for adults with serious mental illnesses. In addition, she was an
esteemed mentor to countless doctoral students, junior faculty members and colleagues. Ms. Mowbray was a professor of social work and associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and served as Co-Director of the School of Social Work’s Center for Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health. She recently received the APA’s Harold Hildreth Award, given annually to a senior professional whose career and accomplishments embody the highest principles of public service.
http://www.ssw.umich.edu/carolMowbrayObit/

 

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IMPORTANT PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE CHANGES COMING

Recipients of both Medicare/SSDI and Medicaid/SSI will be significantly impacted by The Medicare Prescription Drug Law (the MMA/Medicare Part D) wherein medication costs will be administered by Medicare. This change will significantly impact access to medication, particularly for those who are dual eligible. Consumers on Medicare will have to choose a plan between November and January 1, 2006, when the new law comes into effect. For official information visit Medicare’s website at www.medicare.gov or read an issue paper produced by the Kaiser Commission, that identifies “risk points” in the transition for dual eligibles to drug coverage under Medicare.
http://www.kff.org/medicare/upload/The-New-Medicare-Prescription-
Drug-Law-Issue-for-Enrolling-Dual-Eligibles-into-Drug-Plans-Issue-Paper.pdf

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HOPE & HEALTH FOR PERSONS WITH PSYCH DISABILITIES

This September, the Services Division at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is offering a new educational program called Hope and Health. Hope and Health
is an educational service designed to improve health practices and support recovery for persons with psychiatric disabilities and the metabolic syndrome or those at a high risk for the metabolic syndrome. Evidenced-based health promotion interventions include: structured physical activity, food education and nutritional counseling, illness management and recovery education and health literacy. The program will run 4 days a week for 16 weeks and then provide case management services for an additional 16 weeks to help people implement self-determined health care practices and newly learned skills.

For more information contact Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D at dorih@bu.edu or 617-353-3549.

 

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NEW CENTER FOCUSES ON MINORITES WITH DISABILITIES

The University of Illinois at Chicago recently introduced its Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research. This NIDRR funded center aims to build the capacity of state vocational rehabilitation agencies and community based organizations to document the impact of their programs and develop more culturally competent services. In their first newsletter they introduce their research and training activities and their collaborators. Learn more about their efforts to improve the lives of ethnic minorities with disabilities and download their newsletter at http://www.uic.edu/orgs/empower/Center%20web%20page/ccbmdr.htm

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NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER CREATE CAMPAIGN FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

The Campaign for Mental Health Reform is a national partnership of organizations representing millions of people with mental or emotional disorders, their families, service providers, administrators, and other concerned Americans. Their “Roadmap for Federal Action on America’s Mental Health Crisis” is a constructive set of action items to implement the vision of the President’s New Freedom Commission. http://www.mhreform.org/emergency/index.htm Included among the sixteen partnering organizations are the: American Psychiatric Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.