Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast July 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.


Systematic Review of Supported Housing

Just as the field asks practitioners to be open to new ideas about recovery, so the field must always be willing to take a hard look at its own conclusions–and the research upon which those conclusions are based. In the past, systematic reviews have focused on randomized clinical trials (RCT). However, RCTs are not common in psychiatric rehabilitation, and yet there is a need to evaluate the rigor and meaning of research conducted. To that end, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has developed a process of review so that consumers, providers, administrators and other interested groups can make informed decisions about the relevance of research to their own situation; and about the strength of a piece of research and its conclusions. Read more about the Systematic Review process and its use in synthesizing a review of research in supported housing in the most recent issue of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter at /resources/newsletter.


Summer Issue of 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. In this issue:

  • Find out how a newly developed self-report measure assesses case managers’ employment-related expectations of consumers.
  • Read about a qualitative study that examines the subjective experience of taking medication and the struggles that persons with serious mental illnesses have in taking them.
  • Learn more about a British research project that investigates the barriers to participation in education for persons using mental health services.

View the complete list of articles available in this issue at or check out the archive of online articles at…&volume=33&issue=1


Free Webinar Focuses on Getting through Tough Economic Times

The webinar entitled, “Helping Communities Get through Tough Economic Times: Programs and Resources You Can Use to Support your Community Members/Clients During Times of Financial Distress”, hosted by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. and led by Kathryn Power, M.Ed., will take place July 30 from 1 pm to 2pm ET. For more information or to register, email


Working the WRAP with Veterans Free Webinar with Copeland

Join in on a free webinar presented by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland to learn how Wellness Recovery Action Planning can successfully help veterans to achieve recovery. Dr. Copeland will share what she has learned working with veterans and consulting with veteran organizations across the country.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Why WRAP® works so well for veterans.
  • Introducing WRAP® to veterans and engaging them in the WRAP® process either as individuals or in groups.
  • How veterans need to be supported while they are developing and using their WRAP® over time.
  • The values that providers must follow to assure optimum outcomes in using WRAP® with veterans.
  • How to integrate Wellness Recovery Action Planning into the programs  at your agency or organization.

This webinar will give participants the opportunity to ask questions during a live question and answer period.  Continuing education credits will be provided after the webinar at Webinar will be held: Wednesday, July 29 at 1pm EDT (12pm Central, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific). Register at


Inform Employers about Benefits of Ticket-to-Work Program through Free Webinar

There is still time to let employers know about the free webinar, “Turning Diversity Into Dollars: The Business Case for Hiring An Untapped Pool of Talented Employees.” The webinar is being held Thursday, July 30th, 2009 from 2:00 to 3:30 EDT. Registration closes July 29th at 12:00PM at This is a Social Security Administration (SSA) and CESSI, the Ticket to Work Program Manager for Recruitment and Outreach (PMRO) Webinar. For previously recorded webinars on the Ticket-To-Work program, visit


New Resource Educates Latinos about MH Issues

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released a new DVD and guidebook on mental health for Latinos. The materials, “Mental Health: A Guide for Latinos and their Families,” are in English and Spanish and single copies are available free.

The materials are aimed at helping to inform the general Latino public about mental health, to dispel common misperceptions, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness among Latinos. The DVD and booklet acknowledge the uniqueness of the Latino culture in the U.S. , including strengths of Latino culture, and address some of the challenges to getting help for mental illness that many Latinos face today.

Topics covered in the 30-minute DVD and booklet:

  • Types of mental illness (anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance-related disorders, and ADHD)
  • Mental health and Latino culture — including some conditions that are unique to some Latino cultures (such as nerves or susto)
  • Treating mental illness
  • Finding help, including a description of the types of mental health professionals
  • Tips to help maintain mental health and increase resilience

The DVD and booklet were developed by the APA’s Committee of Hispanic Psychiatrists and APA staff; in collaboration with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Hispanic Medical Association. Copies of the video and guidebook can also be ordered by emailing or by calling APA Toll-Free: 1-888-35-PSYCH (888-357-7924).


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.