Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast September 2007

The Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is a monthly emailed newsletter with the purpose of informing mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for disseminating general mental health and rehabilitation news.

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Newsletter Focuses on Resources for Measuring Outcomes

With accountability pressures and growing concerns about quality of services, managers, practitioners, and system planners need resources to measure the outcomes of the services they provide and should be aware of the best efforts to measure client outcomes and services effectiveness.

The latest issue of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University highlights resources for program administrators, managers, policy makers, and others about the implementation and use of outcome measurement. Outcome measures and instruments developed as part of multi-site studies sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are described; and can serve as a valuable resource in planning an evaluation or quality assurance initiative. Also included is a set of considerations when planning and conducting a program outcome evaluation.

The newsletter is available as a free download at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/newsletter/measures/.

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Free Webcast about Rehabilitation Readiness Guide for Latinos

This forty-two minute video describes a rehabilitation readiness guide that reflects Latino experiences, cultural beliefs and common barriers to using rehabilitation services. Based on the process of rehabilitation readiness as designed at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, this guide was developed using gathered information about Latino consumers’ readiness experiences to create a tool to assess individual’s readiness for rehabilitation in an effective and culturally appropriate way.

This new Spanish guide, entitled Abriendo Caminos en Tu Vida, allows rehabilitation professionals, family members, and/or other natural supports help Latino consumers assess their readiness to engage in the rehabilitation process. To view the video webcast, visit http://www.bu.edu/cpr/webcast/latinoreadiness/.

To learn more about purchasing the guide, visit http://www.bu.edu/cpr/products/curricula/abriendo.html

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Deadline for Poster Submissions October 30

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is accepting submissions of abstracts for poster sessions through October 30, 2007 for the upcoming conference, From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All. Tracks include: Moving Systems Forward; Moving Programs Forward; Reaching Across Diverse Communities; and Reaching Across the Workforce and Other Stakeholders.

The conference, to be held April 14 and 15, 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts will have pre-conference institutes, workshops, and panels, with presenters from state government agencies, the Veterans Administration and other federal agencies, professional and consumer organizations, provider agencies, peer programs, and universities representing both the US and abroad.

For details on poster submissions and the conference, visit the website at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/conference/

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Guidelines Issued for Medicaid Funding of Peer Support Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made public their letter to state Medicaid directors guiding them in designing Medicaid-reimbursable peer support services. The letter, issued on August 15, describes requirements in the delivery of peer support services including supervision, care coordination and training and credentialing. The letter recognizes the value of peer support programs, stating “CMS is reaffirming its commitment to State flexibility, increased innovation, consumer choice, self-direction, recovery, and consumer protection through approval of these services.” The letter is available on the Health and Human Services website as a downloadable pdf at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/SMDL/downloads/SMD081507A.pdf

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Boston University Accepting Applications

Applications are currently being accepted for two-year postdoctoral research fellowships in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Fellowship begins January 1st, 2008 at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Didactic seminars, research practicum and stipend of $35,000 included in fellowship. Applications are due October 31st 2007. Contact: Dr. Zlatka Russinova at 617-353-3549 or zlatka@bu.edu. More details are available at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/research/ongoing/index.html#fellowships.

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The Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is a monthly emailed newsletter with the purpose of informing mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for disseminating general mental health and rehabilitation news.

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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.