Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast April 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.


New Book on Leadership

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University has published a new book entitled, Principled Leadership in Mental Health Systems and Programs by William Anthony and Kevin Huckshorn.  Anthony and Huckshorn interviewed leaders at all levels in the mental health field who have shown the ability to transform their organizations — federal administrators, commissioners, agency directors, program managers. What they found is that big or small, public or private, and independent of professional discipline — it’s the quality and effectiveness of its leadership that fuels a successful organization. From their extensive interviews with these exemplary leaders, Anthony and Huckshorn advance eight leadership principles and accompanying tasks that they found to be critical for effective leadership.

Principled Leadership is recommended for educators, directors, managers, or anyone interested in becoming a leader or improving his/her leadership skills. For more information, refer to the following webpage at: /store/books/principled-leadership. For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.


Conference Closes, Courses Coming

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has been overwhelmed with the response to its Conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Recovery for All” being held this month. It is encouraging to see such interest and energy surrounding the science and practice of psychiatric rehabilitation, transformation in the mental health care system, and the recovery for persons with mental illnesses.

Though the conference was closed in March, having filled to capacity, we are excited to announce that a number of the presentations will be offered online as courses!

The Center is partnering with Essential Learning, the largest provider of e-learning services in the behavioral health and human services industry, so that you can see the presentations, as they happened, easily online as video courses and get continuing education credits. Stay tuned for next month’s eCast for a list of the presentations and their debut date!


Report on State Mandates for Benefits

A new report is available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The report focuses on state-mandated benefits, state laws regulating mental health and addiction treatment workers, and state-recognized mental health clinicians with authority to prescribe psychotropic medications. The report is divided into three main sections. The first section describes the current status of state-mandated insurance coverage and identifies those states that require insurance companies to provide coverage for those they insure who have mental or substance use disorders. The second section outlines the type of coverage and diagnostic conditions to which the insurance applies. Finally, the third section provides an in-depth analysis of the authority granted by states to nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe psychotropic medications.

Download of the report is free at


Free Guidebook Highlights Peer Specialists in In-Patient Settings

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Office of Technical Assistance is pleased to announce a new landmark technical report entitled “Paving New Ground – Peers Working In In-Patient Settings”, which details the development of peer roles in mental health settings. This “lessons learned” guidebook identifies and highlights some of the hospitals in the country that have been most successful. Through the use of stories and narratives, the average day of peer specialists is documented including their special challenges and rewards, and what they most value in their positions. The guidebook is available as a free download at If you would like to order a copy of the accompanying DVD, “Paving New Ground: A Dialogue With Peers and Family Members”, please e-mail


“Power of Peers” Conference Offers Scholarships

Tap into the “Power of Peers” this September as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) presents a conference of compelling educational workshops, pre- and post-conference institutes and a lineup of renowned keynote speakers. The national conference will be held September 10-14, 2008 in Norfolk, Virginia. DBSA offers a unique peer-centered perspective for individuals living with depression or bipolar disorder as well as for family members or health care providers looking for ways to best help their loved-ones, patients or clients by partnering with them on their path to recovery. Learn more at
A limited number of scholarships are available to attend the 2008 National Conference. Completed scholarship applications must be sent by U.S. mail, postmarked on or before May 23, 2008. Download an application 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.