Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast May 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.


Remarkable Success in Supported Employment
Featured in Spring Issue of Journal

The Spring 2008 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is a Special Tenth Anniversary Issue on Supported Employment (1998-2008) edited by Robert Drake and Gary Bond. The papers in this special issue summarize the remarkable success of evidence-based supported employment from many perspectives including personal testimony and quantitative synthesis. Articles cover the most rigorous studies of supported employment currently available and describe large multi-site projects that confirm the potential of supported employment to be helpful to thousands of persons with severe mental illness in different settings, communities, states and countries. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj.


Cultural and Linguistic Competence Conference Call

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health will host a conference call on Thursday, May 15th, 1-2:30pm EST, introducing the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Primer (a collaboration between the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Associations, Georgetown National Technical Assistance Center, the National Center for Cultural Competence, and American Institutes for Research). The call will provide an overview of the content of the primer and offer samples of two or three modules on such topics as leadership, community engagement, and accountability and outcomes. There are no registration fees for these calls.  The only cost that you will incur will be the long-distance phone charges. Visit for more details and registration.


Creating Inclusive Communities for
People with Psychiatric Disabilities

On March 17, 2008, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released its report “Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities”, building upon recommendations in its 2004 and 2006 reports, “Livable Communities for Adults with Disabilities” and “Creating Livable Communities”.  These reports propose necessary changes in public policies to ensure that people with disabilities have all the opportunities and choices available to people without disabilities. This new paper expands on the livable communities’ framework and recommendations to fully include and integrate people with psychiatric disabilities. By examining a variety of programs that show promise or have proved successful in achieving community integration for people with psychiatric disabilities, NCD recognizes the need for major changes in public policies to support further efforts for full integration and participation. Five core recommendations summarizing essential federal-level changes are included. For a complete copy of the free report, go to


National Conference and Summit on Mental Health Promotion

Join hundreds of advocates across the country for the 2008 Mental Health America Conference and National Mental Health Promotion & Prevention Summit, June 4-7, 2008 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the Mental Health America (MHA) Conference draws together hundreds of leaders and advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C. to learn about critical issues in the behavioral health field and strategies for collective action. Attendees include executives and staff from 320 MHA state and local affiliates, mental health consumers, family members, policymakers, advocates, providers, and academic, government and business leaders. This year they’ve added the Inaugural Promotion and Prevention Summit to the conference agenda. The Summit, which will take place June 6th and 7th, will be a unique opportunity for people and organizations that are committed to advancing a prevention and promotion agenda to drive down the tragically high rates and profound impact of mental illnesses in the United States. Find out more at


New International Diploma in Mental Health Law

The World Health Organization’s Mental Health Improvements for Nations Development project (WHO MIND) in collaboration with the Indian Law Society (ILS) have developed the first ever one year International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights. This exciting new course, based on WHO MIND materials and tools, provides students with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and expertise in the area of mental health, human rights and law. By the end of the course students will have acquired the skills necessary for supporting countries to put in place human rights oriented mental health laws and policies, and the confidence to effectively advocate for improved conditions for people with mental disabilities. The course, which comprises both residential sessions and distance learning, will be taught and supervised by a faculty comprising renowned experts in the area of mental health, human rights and legislation from around the globe with a tradition of excellence in teaching in their respective fields. The last date for receiving applications is the15th June, 2008. The course starts on the 13th of October 2008. Learn more about the Diploma at If you are interested in sponsoring students to participate in the Diploma, please contact Dr. Michelle Funk (Tel: +41 22 791 38 55; email:


NAMI Annual Convention in June

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding its 2008 National Convention, “Tomorrowland Today: Making Recovery Real,” on June 13 – 16 in Orlando Florida. Included is a Leadership Institute for building the capacity of organizations by enhancing the ability of leaders to manage, govern, teach, and advocate. Other workshops are designed for established and emerging leaders on the state and local level, offering information, practical tools, and replicable models to build a strong infrastructure to support an organization. Plus there will be Special Interest Networking Meetings on topics such as: Crisis Intervention Training, Veterans, Children & Adolescents, Borderline, Restraint & Seclusion and more. Find out details at


Alternatives 2008 Seeks Workshop Proposals

Workshop and institute proposals for Alternatives 2008, to be held at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., October 29-November 2, 2008, are due by May 15, 2008. The call for presentations and additional resources for the conference, whose theme is “Creating Community Through Active Citizenship,” are posted at The workshops selected will represent a variety of viewpoints and will mainly include workshops run by and for consumers.

A limited number of scholarships are available; applications — also posted at — must be completed and sent by U.S. mail no later than May 28, 2008. To be added to the mailing or e-mail list to receive additional information, please e-mail or call 800-POWER2U.


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.