Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast December 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.


Changes to the ADA Affect Those with Psychiatric Disabilities

The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, signed into law on September 25, 2008, brings important changes. The ADAAA overturns the erroneous Supreme Court decisions that have eroded the protections for people with disabilities, restoring original Congressional intent. This is especially relevant for persons with psychiatric disabilities who may not have been previously eligible because their symptoms were controlled by medications. Find out more at the Disability Business Technical Assistance Center Rocky Mountain ADA Center at for the link in the bottom left of the web page).


Call for Presentation Proposals for NAMI Convention 2009

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2009 National Convention and Leadership Institute scheduled for July 6-9 in San Francisco. The NAMI National Convention draws some 2,500 people whose lives are affected by mental illness, including family members, consumers, treatment professionals, public and private policymakers, educators, advocates, and others — all focused on improving the lives of people who live with mental illnesses. To find out more, contact NAMI Convention Director Connie Schantz at or 703-516-7986 or visit…/Submit_a_Workshop_Proposal.htm


Depression and Bipolar Support in Spanish

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has created a Spanish-language website, , to help Spanish-speaking individuals with depression and bipolar disorder and their caregivers. The website fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information.

Veterans-Related Resources

Veterans as Employees
Designed by U.S. Department of Labor for employers and the workforce development system, the America’s Heroes at Work website is a link to information and tools to help returning service members succeed in the workplace.

2-page Flyer on Resources for Veterans
A variety of resources to treatment providers, veterans, and their family members by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Web Portal focus on Post Deployment The Department of Defense launched a web portal that allows service members to seek mental health treatments focused on post-deployment problems

Suicide Prevention Tools from US Army To support and empower soldiers, civilians, families and veterans in minimizing suicide behavior by providing tools for human resource personnel and commanders

Reports on Suicide Prevention, Depression and Treatment among Veterans This issue of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report examines data from veterans aged 21 to 39 who have experienced Major Depressive Disorder.

This second report, prepared by the Congressional Research Service, discusses data and risk and protective factors for suicide in the general population and among veterans.

Online Directory of Resources for Wounded Veterans and their Families
The National Resource Directory is a web site, developed jointly by the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, that provides over ten thousand services and resources available through governmental and non-governmental organizations to support recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.


Free Online Videos on Resiliency and Recovery

Magellan has partnered with national experts in behavioral health recovery and resiliency to offer 10 free e-courses for providers, consumers, family members and other stakeholders. These trainings are free of charge and were developed in collaboration with Recovery Innovation, Child Family Support Services, the Family Involvement Center, and consumers and family members. Providers can receive one CEU hour per completed course by completing the Continuing Education Evaluation survey that follows the course. The courses cover strategies for effectively applying the principles of hope, choice, empowerment and education to achieve individual behavioral health goals. Find them 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.