Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast July 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.


Latino Initiatives Focus for Newsletter

Latinos, the nation’s largest minority group, face significant obstacles in receiving adequate mental health and rehabilitation services.  Real hope is emerging for these consumers and their families through the Latino Initiatives developed at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University.

Latinos need to be actively engaged in the shift toward recovery-oriented mental health services. Barriers such us lack of bilingual and bi-cultural mental health and rehabilitation providers and an insufficient body of relevant psychiatric rehabilitation research create real obstacles.

This bilingual newsletter examines the challenges of providing psychiatric rehabilitation services to Spanish-speaking communities and the dynamic initiatives the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has developed to meet them. A free download of the newsletter is available at

Online Survey Looking for Feedback from Certified Peer Specialists!

The UPenn Collaborative and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse are conducting a survey to learn about the variety of jobs that Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are doing, in order to inform the development of new paid CPS positions. The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It is voluntary and anonymous. We will not ask for any identifying or contact information. The information you provide may be edited for clarity and length. We thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

Take the Certified Peer Specialist Survey at

Summer Issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Online Now Available

Don’t miss the current issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal for state-of-the art information related to rehabilitation and recovery. Highlights of the summer issue include:

  • the Study of Transitions and Recovery Strategies
    (STARS) which is a mixed-methods, exploratory, longitudinal study of
    recovery among individuals with serious mental health problems;
  • a two-year longitudinal study of the Kansas Consumers as Providers Training Program;
  • the Work and Recovery Project in New York City Outpatient Services;
  • and a demonstration program in Australia to integrate employment with youth mental health services.

View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj or check out the archive of online articles at

Peer-Centered Presentations Featured at Conference

Experience “The Power of Peers” this September 10-14, at the DBSA 2008 NATIONAL CONFERENCE in the charming waterfront city of Norfolk, Virginia. Join The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for 5 days of peer-centered presentations and workshops led by renowned mental health experts and educators, best-selling authors and consumer advocates; including an unprecedented lineup of internationally-known keynote speakers: Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD; Pat Deegan, PhD; Richard Cohen; and Larry Fricks. Four special pre-conference institutes set the tone for 15 educational workshops, 5 peer-to-peer roundtables and an exclusive Stand-Up Comedy Night featuring David Granirer and 8 conference students. Held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, this powerful conference has something for everyone: consumers, family members, and providers. Please visit or call (800) 826-3632 for more information and/or to register.

Suicide Prevention among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses

A 51-page report entitled, “Suicide Prevention Efforts for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: Roles for the State Mental Health Authority” has been issued by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). It suggests ways in which State Mental Health Authorities can increase collaboration, raise awareness of the signs of suicide, and intervene to save lives. The free report can be downloaded at…20Prevention%20-%20March%2024,%202008.pdf

Transition Age Youth and Steps Taken by States

The transition to adulthood can be difficult for young adults who suffer from a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that at least 2.4 million young adults aged 18 through 26 — or 6.5 percent of the non-institutionalized young adults in that age range — had a serious mental illness in 2006.

Due to concerns about young adults with serious mental illness transitioning into adulthood, GAO was asked to provide information on:
(1) the number of these young adults and their demographic characteristics,
(2) the challenges they face,
(3) how selected states assist them, and
(4) how the federal government supports states in serving these young adults and coordinates programs that can assist them.

The resulting report, “Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness” is available as a free download 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.