Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2009

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.


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:  January 30, 2009.

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 1, 2009.

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

Consumer Providers in the Workforce

Developed through support by the Federally-supported UCLA/RAND NIMH Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care and the VA Desert Pacific MIRECC, a new booklet provides mental health clinic staff with a brief guide to implementing and sustaining a consumer provider program. Several topics are covered in “Mental Health Consumer Providers in the Workforce: A Guide for Clinical Staff”, including the benefits of having consumer providers (CPs) on staff, suggestions to facilitate the hiring of CPs, typical barriers to hiring CPs, components of a formal CP program that should be considered, and issues for the future of CP programs.

This booklet is designed to be an easy-to-use reference guide for:

– staff and consumers within agencies that are working to strengthen or expand consumer involvement;

– agency leaders or employers who are considering whether to hire consumers as providers;

– consumers who are interested in applying for provider positions;

– family members, consumers or others who are interested in advocating for the creation of CP positions.

The guide is available as a free download at…RAND_TR584.pdf.


Special Section of Journal focuses on Occupational Therapy and Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The Winter 2009 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal focuses on the contributions of the profession of occupational therapy in addressing the needs of individuals living with serious mental illnesses.

Developed by an international group of occupational therapy scholars and researchers, the articles provide an overview of occupational therapy as it relates to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery-oriented practices; developments in functional analysis and planning; the adaptive use of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure as a valuable tool for recovery-based practice; and the study of time use patterns and its relevance to promoting healthy choices and valued roles. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at /prj or check out the complete archive of online articles at…1559-3126


Mental Health on Campus Resources

By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, Active Minds works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues; provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness; encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed; and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Find out more at

NAMI on Campus is an extension of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI on Campus clubs are student-run, student-led organizations that provide mental health support, education, and advocacy in a university or college setting. Find out about this program and a host of other campus resources at…ContentID=24712.

Student Mental Health and the Law“, a new document from the JED Foundation, is a comprehensive resource developed in collaboration with leading experts in higher education law, administration and mental health.  This guide provides clarification of FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), disability law, and other legal issues colleges face, and includes guidelines for addressing campus mental health and working with students in distress.

The Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s report, “Building Bridges: Mental Health on Campus,” is based on a meeting that provided an opportunity for student mental health consumers and college representatives to discuss openly attitudes and practices that either hinder or promote recovery. Meeting participants identified attitudinal, cultural, and systemic barriers to mental health, and developed a set of recommendations to overcome them. The report can be downloaded for free at….Bridges_62p.pdf.


The Role and Function of Mental Health Courts

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released, “Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners”. The primer provides the field with its first comprehensive introduction to this increasingly popular specialty court model, which connects individuals with mental illnesses to treatment services while under court supervision. Mental health courts are one of many initiatives launched in the past two decades to address the large numbers of people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system. This guide is intended to provide an introductory overview of this approach for policymakers, practitioners, and advocates, and to link interested readers to additional resources. The primer 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.