September 2012 eCast

CPR News and Recent Activity

We are planning for a PHOTOVOICE exhibit!!

The opening day is Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at 11 Bow Street, Somerville, M.A.  Student readings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

There is a Photo Voice album on our Facebook page.  For information on the project see:
and find a CPR FactSheet on Photovoice here:
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Please let others know about this exciting event.  Thanks.


$20 off Promotion of What Professionals Need to Know about Families (on CD)
What Professionals Need to Know about Families
is now on sale for $20 off the original price! The CD includes a series of 5 modules—each with a trainer and participant manual and a supporting Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation. Manuals are in pdf format and may be printed as needed for individual participants and multiple training sessions. Microsoft PowerPoint® software or a PowerPoint Reader is required for viewing the supporting presentations. 

For more information, refer to the following webpage at: /resources/curricula/professionals-families  

For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.


Our Partners

Federal Government looks to Health I.T. to improve behavioral health

The federal government will provide more than $4 million in grants nationwide in an effort to use health information technology to help substance abuse and mental health professionals in underserved areas, according to a recent announcement. The six U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants range from $718,000 to $840,000.

According to SAMHSA, grant recipients will use the money to pay for technologies such as smartphones, behavioral health electronic applications and web-based services to improve communications, tracking and management efforts. Read more:


Special Webinar: When to Contact the Protection and Advocacy Program in Your State
With Ian Watlington of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

September 19, 2012, 3 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time (Registration closes September 18, 2012 at 5 pm EDT)

Of the calls P&As receive, many of the requests for assistance come from individuals with psychiatric disabilities across a broad array of issue areas. This webinar will explore when to contact the P&A in your state and what help might be available from them.  The webinar will also look at the basic structure of a P&A and what other programs might be helpful to a person with a psychiatric disability.  Ian Watlington is a Disability Advocacy Specialist with NDRN who focuses on the PAIMI program and Self-Advocacy. He has been with NDRN for just under a year. Call-in information and handouts will be sent the day before the call. There will be a Question and Answer session after the presentation.

Go here to Register:


Paolo del Vecchio has been selected to serve as the next Director of the Center for Mental Health Services.

Paolo has had a long and successful career at SAMHSA.  Over the course of his 17 years in CMHS, he served as the Acting Director, the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, the Acting Director for the Office of External Liaison, and was the first Consumer Affairs Specialist hired by SAMHSA.  Throughout his work, Paolo has been a leader, pushing the envelope on a wide range of consumer issues, including consumer participation and education, issues of discrimination and prejudice, wellness, recovery, trauma, and access to treatment.  Paolo is also a strong and capable leader and manager, serving as a critical part of the SAMHSA leadership and management teams.

Prior to joining SAMHSA, Paolo worked for the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health in the areas of policy formulation and the planning of a comprehensive system of community-based mental health services addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and many other issues.  He graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in social work from Temple University.  Paolo has been involved in behavioral health for over 40 years.  As a consumer, a family member, a provider, and a policy maker, he has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for those with mental health conditions and/or addictions, and their families and a valuable asset to SAMHSA.  Please join us in congratulating Paolo and wishing him the very best in his new position. Source:


Seminar in Worcester, MA

In recognition of ADHD Awareness week,

there will be a FREE one hour seminar on The Many Faces of ADHD.

The goal of this seminar will be to educate the community, media and policy makers about ADHD, the treatment of ADHD, the different inventions for managing ADHD and how to create strategies for success.   This seminar will be held on October 16, 2012  @10:00 am at the Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608.  If you have any questions, please contact via email at:


Internet Resources

To Tell the Truth: Why and How Mental Health Professionals Can and Should Self-Disclose Personal Psychiatric Histories

Steve Harrington is the Executive Director of the National Association of Peer Specialists and a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He is a person in recovery from schizophrenia and major depression.  See:


Recovery art often says what words cannot

Emotions and inner struggles are on display at treatment centers throughout the country.  Recovery art, whether paintings, sculptures, poetry, dance, or other forms, has been coming to life and bringing great benefits to those who participate. See:


New Website Connects Patients with Advancements in Mental Health Research

 WeSearchTogether, a partnership between the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), announces the national launch of a website devoted to connecting mental health researchers and participants:


More than 21 million Americans live with depression or bipolar disorder, yet many of these individuals receive less than effective care. Research seeks to address this issue by answering fundamental questions about early detection, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders. Research and the participants involved are essential to increased knowledge of mood disorders, but researchers often experience barriers in engaging adequate numbers of participants in mood disorder research studies, causing many studies to experience delays in finding breakthroughs.  For more information see:


CPR News and Recent Activity

The C.P.R. Survey

We recently conducted a survey on SurveyMonkey to evaluate the current and potential use of E-Books.  Links to the survey were mailed out via two CPR Monthly eCasts and the survey was also announced on the Facebook site. Obviously, only those with internet access could participate in the survey.  Also, not all internet users have an email address and not all of those who do are willing to provide that address to websites.

Characteristics of Respondents: 156 Individuals responded to the survey.  85% of the respondents reside in the U.S. while most of the other respondents identified themselves as being from France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Japan.  94% indicated that English was their primary language. Other languages listed as primary included Dutch, Japanese, and Slovenian.

77.9 % of the respondents are female, while only 22.1 % were male. The age groups of the survey participants had demographics similar to those previously found on our surveys of eCast respondents. The majority of the respondents were between 45 and 64 years old.

Age % of Sample: 18-24 02.7%    25-34   09.5%    35-44 12.9%    45-54 25.2%    55-64 40.8%

Responses: Overall, the use of technology found in the population surveyed is not significantly different from the general population as defined in other studies. 31% reported that they own one of more E-Readers, with the most popular being the Kindle and the Nook.  26% stated they owned some type of Tablet computer, the most popular being the IPad.  It is possible, of course, for individuals to own both. When asked the likelihood of purchasing such a device in the future, (Do you plan to buy an e-reader or Tablet in the next year?) almost 25% indicated they were likely to buy a tablet:  Yes:  E-Reader 6.7%      Yes:  Tablet 24.7%

A significant number of the respondents had “smart phones”.  When asked “Do you currently own a “smart phone” they responded:” Yes, and I use it for email 48.0%”   Yes, and I read brief newsletter and articles on it 29.7%”   Yes, and I look at websites on it 39.9%”   Yes, but I do not use the internet capabilities 07.4%”   No, I do not own such a phone 41.9%

The survey also inquired if individuals would utilize and even pay for articles in E-Book form.  The question:  “If offered for free, would you obtain and read general articles, professional journals (i.e. The Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation) and books on an e-reader or Tablet?” found that more than 85% definitely or probably would obtain these E-products. ” Yes, I definitely would 60.8%”  Possibly yes 25.7%”  Probably not 13.5%

In response to the question: “If offered at reasonable prices, would you obtain and read general articles, professional journals and books on an e-reader or Tablet?” survey participants indicated:” Yes, I definitely would 20.9%   ” Possibly yes 48.6%  ” Probably not 30.4%

Thank you to everyone who participated !!!!  If you would like more details, please email us at


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