February 2013 eCast

February / March 2013

A full graphics edition of this CPR eCast is now available for viewing or download as a pdf file at: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/ecast/archive/2013/CPR_eCast_feb_2013.pdf

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Combatting Prejudice and Discrimination through PhotoVoice

PhotoVoice is a methodology mainly used in the fields of community development, public health, and education. PhotoVoice is an empowering tool that has been used in a variety of settings and among different constituencies, including communities of people with psychiatric disabilities. PhotoVoice puts cameras in the hands of individuals and asks them to produce statements made up of pictures and words that communicate their experience.

A PowerPoint Presentation on the topic is available for free viewing and a free download at:

Also available:

Combating Prejudice and Discrimination through PhotoVoice Empowerment: A Leader’s Guide can be found at /store/curricula/curricula-photovoice


Recently published

 “Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities” by Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Marsha Langer Ellison, Philippe Bloch , Asya Lyass and Nancy Wewiorski in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The publication can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/articles/2013/Russinova_et_al_2013.pdf


CPR News and Recent Activity

In the News!
C.P.R. is quoted in the news: In a study done at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, conclusions on the importance of employment for people with mental illness revealed that work has personal meaning and work promotes recovery.
See:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/baker-industries/i-work-at-baker-industrie_b_2718918.html

Seminar Series
The CPR often holds seminars and you are invited to attend if you are in the Boston Area. As an example: March 25th, 2013, features a presentation by Jack Gettens: “Assessing the Affordable Care Act: Potential Effects on Access and Services among Persons with Disabilities”.

Seminars are announced on our Facebook Page with details on time and location.

Research Summary:
A Synthesis of the Research Literature on Job Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (1990-2010) including a plain language summary can be located at http://www.bu.edu/drrk/research-syntheses/psychiatric-disabilities/job-accommodations


Our Partners

Be sure to read this just-published issue brief on parity from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The research brief “Affordable Care Act Will Expand Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans” is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/mental/rb_mental.pdf

Through its Wellness Initiative, SAMHSA pledges to promote wellness for people with mental and substance use disorders by motivating individuals, organizations, and communities to take action and work toward improved quality of life, cardiovascular health, and decreased early mortality rates. People with mental health and substance use disorders die decades earlier than the general population, mostly due to preventable medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular, respiratory, or infectious diseases (including HIV). Wellness includes many dimensions of health: physical, emotional, financial, social, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual. SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve one physical health behavior and explore their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness.

visit http://www.samhsa.gov/wellness or http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/10by10/default.aspx


Join the 10th Annual Walk for mental health awareness, to build community and fight stigma on:
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Artesani Park along the Charles River in Boston.
You can register by going to www.namiwalks.org/massachusetts


CDC Press Release: Million Hearts Releases New Spanish-Language Resources on Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among US Hispanics. Educational resources to help Hispanics take control of their heart health is available from Million Hearts, a national public-private partnership that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in every racial and ethnic group in America, and Million Hearts is committed to ensuring that everyone understands their risk,” said Janet Wright, M.D., executive director of Million Hearts. These new resources will help Spanish-speaking Americans calculate their risk and, more importantly, take steps to reduce it.
Read more at http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0220_million_hearts.html


The Job Accommodation Network has expanded to meet new ways of communicating with you.
New services include contacts via Text messaging and Skype.   http://askjan.org/


Internet Resources

The common DNA roots of the five most common mental illnesses: autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression.

What NBC describes as “The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health” has come up with a stunning result: The five most common mental illnesses, autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression all appear have a common genetic root.
Source:  http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17121643-mental-illnesses-share-common-dna-roots-study-finds?lite

VA adds 1,000 mental health professionals to staff
Read more here:

The Health Communication Science Digest

You can access all issues of the “Health Communication Science Digest” series online via the searchable Health Communication Science Digest Archive.

The Final Report on Closing the Quality Gap Series: Quality Improvement Measurement of Outcomes for People With Disabilities is available in PDF format from the Interagency Committee on Disability Research at www.icdr.us/


Employment Repository
The Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources (REVR) is an online archive of employment materials with a specific focus on vocational recovery. It is being designed for a variety of users including Persons with Lived Experience, Peer Support Personnel, Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Service, Mental Health and Employment Organizations. The site will also be useful for advocacy groups in their work to create more vocational recovery-oriented systems. The site is currently being Beta-Tested but a significant part of it is located at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/home1.html which you can view now.

If you wish to help us add sites to the repository, please review our criteria and send your suggestions. Information is available at: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/subpages/contribution.html
For the full site see: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/index.html


Conference Board Update

The conference board is updated on a monthly basis.

To give us information about conferences, or to provide information which might be used in an upcoming eCast, please contact us at psyrehab@bu.edu

Rosalynn Carter will keynote 2013 USPRA Annual Conference. For details on this and other conferences see our Conference page site at http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/CPRConferenceboard.html


2013 Mental Health Conference: Why Wellness Works
Mental Health America invites you to experience the premier mental health conference in 2013, Why Wellness Works: Breakthroughs and Pathways to Whole Health. See the conference board for more information

To give us information about conferences, or to provide information which might be used in an upcoming eCast, please contact us at psyrehab@bu.edu

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