March 2013 eCast

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Recently published:

“Conceptualization and Measurement of Mental Health Providers Recovery-Promoting Competence: The Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale (RPRS)” by Zlatka Russinova and E. Sally Rogers, Boston University, Karon F. Cook, University of Washington, Marsha Langer Ellison, University of Massachusetts, and Asya Lyass, Boston University in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2013, American Psychological Association 2013, Vol. 36, No. 1, 7 – 14

CPR News and Recent Activity

Employment Repository Additions

A new Search engine function makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

We recently added:  “A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work: A guide from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities”.  The accompanying Facilitator’s Manual is also available for download.

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, featured 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.

Our Partners

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

CIHS promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

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


The second annual National Prevention Week

This brings communities together through local events that focus on the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental health. National Prevention Week 2013 will be held May 12-18, 2013. This year’s theme, Your voice. Your choice.  Make a difference  recognizes that everyone’s choices matter, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. The choice to stay substance free and promote mental health starts with each one of us. Get involved now!

It is local Massachusetts, but a fantastic program. Teens from all over northeast have arts throughout the year and in the spring they perform at the Wang center with a professional group.  They often say it was the most transforming thing in their lives.  Express Yourself is based in Beverly, MA. and an award winning program. The program creators have been invited to the White House for special award.

Call for Papers

Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities
The Editors of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal are soliciting papers for a special issue that will be devoted to the topic of families in which parents are living with psychiatric disabilities.  High quality research is sought on the development, pilot or feasibility testing, adaptation, implementation, evaluation, or dissemination of programs designed to support individuals who are parents living with a serious psychiatric disability, their children and family members.

Illness/Wellness Self-Management
The Editors of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal are soliciting papers for a special issue that will be devoted to the topic of illness/wellness self-management in people with a serious mental illness. Papers addressing self-management of either psychiatric or physical conditions, or both, are welcomed.

For information see:

In The News

La enfermera María Restrepo elogia el trabajo del equipo de Tratamiento Asertivo Comunitario para «dar una nueva esperanza»

An interview with Kim Mueser, our Executive Director:

Depression, Anxiety Persistent Problems at Universities
Depression and anxiety remain serious problems affecting nearly a quarter of BU students, according to data from a 2012 mental health survey-statistics that reflect a national trend. But there is encouraging news: more students are seeking help. And the University has stepped up efforts to identify and treat students in crisis.

This newsletter article features Dori Hutchinson of the BU CPR.
For a PDF version go to:

Internet Resources

Building community inclusion by Lori Ashcraft, PhD

Spotting the Warning Signs of Depression in Men
Sarah Gaer lays out a list of things to look for

On the lighter side: Eating high levels of chocolate could be associated with a significant reduction in the risk of certain cardiovascular disorders, reveals Cambridge research published in the British Medical Journal this week.

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


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 is currently being Beta-Tested and is located at .

If you wish to help us add sites to the repository, please review our criteria and send your suggestions. Information is available at:   For the full site see:

Conference Board Update

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