Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast February 2008

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.


Conference on Innovative and Effective
Ways to a Recovery-Orientation

Join an outstanding collection of leaders from the US and around the globe who will be presenting at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s State-of-the-Science Conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Recovery for All”, held April 14 & 15, 2008 in Cambridge, MA. Come together with experts in transformation for the field of mental health, with over 90 presenters covering what you need to know to shift your agency, program and workforce to a recovery orientation.

Among the offerings included are:

  • Moving the System to a Recovery Orientation: Initiating Change
  • Training Psychiatric Rehabilitation Vocational Practitioners: A Best Practice in Employment Support for People with Mental Illnesses
  • Outcome Studies: Research and Evaluation of Consumer-Operated Programs
  • Workforce Transformation: Making It a Reality
  • Peer Support: Serving One Another in Recovery
  • Reaching Out to Marginalized Groups
  • and more!

See the complete list of presentations at

Check out the agenda at and the find out how the conference will be bringing people together to meet the promise and challenge of achieving recovery for all!


Participate in Survey on
Cultural Competence in Consumer-Run Programs

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) National Research and Training Center, in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, Technical Assistance, and Resources (STAR) Center, is conducting an online survey about cultural competence of consumer-run mental health programs. They hope to learn what peer programs do well and where they struggle in helping people from culturally diverse communities. Designed for completion by anyone who has experienced mental health difficulties, UIC and the STAR Center are particularly interested in hearing from individuals in recovery within the African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and other diverse communities. The survey is voluntary and anonymous.


Special Offer for Print and Online
for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Don’t miss the current issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal for state-of-the art information related to rehabilitation and recovery. The winter issue features a broad selection of article topics including a public education program developed primarily by consumers on the attitudes of high school students toward people with mental illnesses, a qualitative study of factors affecting job tenure for people with psychiatric disabilities; and an exploration of the perspectives of people who use mental health services on participation in mental health service planning and evaluation. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj or check out the archive of article titles also available online at

And, with the availability of the upcoming Special Issue on Supported Employment, you can take advantage of a time-limited significant discount on the print plus online subscription! Visit the Journal’s Special Offer webpage for more details at /prj/offer/egdsuae/


New Film Focuses on Work & Recovery

This new 28 minute video, “Work & Recovery:  Stories of Employment and Mental Health”, introduces five people whose stories are a clear reminder of how important work can be to a person’s recovery journey.  These individuals were assisted in their return to work by Howard Center’s Westview Employment Services in Burlington, Vermont; an agency that uses evidence-based practice supported employment services.  Their stories are full of hope and encouragement about people rejoining their community through work.  Each story provides an excellent springboard for discussion with many audiences: people who are or might think about returning to work, employment support practitioners and their supervisors, clinical or other non-employment support staff, family, employers, advocates and students.  And each story can be viewed independently of the others so that they can be used in a variety of time settings, showing them as either a single story or all at once.  The DVD can be purchased for $22 at U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s (USPRA) online store.

Last Call for Applications

The Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation announces its last call for applications.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2008.

This training offers a specific application of 25 years of research and technology development geared to the vocational services provider:

* Rehabilitation Readiness
* Personalized Vocational Assessment
* Achieving Vocational Placements
* Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Service Recipients
* and more!

Class begins June 2, 2008.

For more information, visit /develop/vocrehab or contact the Project Director, Debbie Nicolellis, at 617-353-3549.


Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
and Prevention Recommendations

The Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE) was created by SAMHSA in 2003 to provide information and a range of services to mental health and substance abuse administrators and policymakers at state and local levels, their counterparts in tribal and Native populations, clinical providers, other providers, and all other agencies and systems through which clients may enter the treatment system. Central to the COCE approach is a series of overview papers and technical reports addressing key Co-Occurring Disorders topic areas. The overview papers and technical reports summarize the science base for each topic they address and make recommendations for practice, systems, and State and local laws and regulations that support treatment and prevention systems. Recently released for free download are the following:

COCE Overview Paper 6: Services Integration

COCE Overview Paper 7: Systems Integration

COCE Overview Paper 8: The Epidemiology of Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders

For a complete list of Overview Papers, visit COCE’s website at


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.