September 2013 eCast

eCast Vol. 13 No. 7

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National Recovery Month is here !

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.

Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Check the Facebook page for special topics.


Update of Employment Repository

The Employment Repository is currently in transition and you will soon see a new, updated site.  During this process we will continue to add a number of resources and features to the current site.   Check it out!

Newsletter Survey: The Center provides a wide range of newsletters and fact sheets which are available in PDF format as well as by direct mail upon request and to many of those on our mailing list. These can be reached for download by clicking here.  The Center periodically conducts surveys to determine the effectiveness of newsletters and other publications and to become aware of your needs.  To participate in the Newsletter Survey please go to:  or click here.

To download our newsletters click Newsletters here and for factsheets click on Factsheets


Free Diabetes Education Toolkit

Diabetes is highly prevalent among people in recovery, so our partners at UIC have created a Diabetes Education Toolkit, linked to the American Diabetes Association’s standards of care, to help people in recovery manage their diabetes and pre-diabetes.

The UIC Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions has released a free Diabetes Education Toolkit, designed to help people understand and manage their diabetes or pre-diabetes. It includes a library of newly-created, user-friendly educational handouts and podcasts covering diabetes basics, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and managing complications of diabetes.

Also included is an interactive chart that cross-walks library contents with the American Diabetes Association’s standards of care. People in mental health recovery, their supporters, and clinicians will find the Toolkit beneficial. Access the Toolkit here:  (The UIC Center is funded by NIDRR and CMHS)


SAMHSA announces new toolkit for community mental health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a new toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health. The toolkit is designed to help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health and help identify innovative and creative new steps to address the mental health needs across the country. It provides data and other facts helpful in creating conversations about mental health that break down misperceptions and promote recovery. (Free Download)


Provide Feedback on the National Behavioral Health Quality Framework  (Feedback Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2013)

SAMHSA’s National Behavioral Health Quality Framework is a set of core and supplemental measures, to help:  Inform an agency’s or system’s funding and quality improvement decisions.  Monitor the behavioral health of the Nation. Provide a way to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery measures at the payer, provider/practitioner, and patient/population levels.

The Framework is aligned with key components of the HHS National Strategy for Quality, supporting the three broad aims of better care, healthy people/healthy communities, and affordable care. These aims include the dissemination of proven interventions and accessible care -a concept that captures affordable care along with other elements of care accessibility, including the impact of health disparities. Provide your feedback at:


New PRA website strengthens relationships with members, prospects, chapters, and the global community.

The P.R.A. is pleased to join with National Council, the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America and NAMI for a unified Hill Day event in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency, Sept. 16-17. On the first day of the event, you will attend a full-day of sessions on federal behavioral healthcare policy. The second day is focused on spending your time on the Hill meeting with your specific congressional representatives and their staff to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment. Registration for this event is complimentary.


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Mental Health self-help site is a winner

A Mental Health promotion website has won an award for the innovative use of technology at this year’s Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Achievement Awards. The website, Recovery Hub: Hope Inspire, was established last year by the Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service with the aim of providing up-to-date information and practical strategies to manage mental health and well-being. For the news story, click here.  and, to see the award winning site, click on this link.

Tele-health technology is able to provide good clinical care for depression.

In urban areas it is possible to coordinate clinical care for depression between mental health specialists who are on-site. A GP can often share the ongoing therapy and management of a patient with depression by collaborating with health care professionals who work in the same practice or nearby.

Medical practices in rural and remote areas are less able to access such specialist care or coordinate therapy, but fortunately, e-technology is making it possible to overcome this. Telemedicine-based collaborative care does it “virtually” by enabling patients and GP’s to access psychologists and other mental health professionals efficiently even though the specialists are offsite, perhaps hundreds of kilometers / miles away.
For information click here


New Resource Employment Database!

The KTER Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is launching a new database which provides easy access to relevant research on employment for people with disabilities. This Employment Research Database features articles addressing interventions that lead to successful employment outcomes. Users may sort entries by disability type, population, types of interventions, and more.  It can be found at



The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal is currently calling for papers.

Information about the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and a current table of content can now be found here:   click here


New:   A collection of recovery-oriented poems from Marjorie Jacobs’ poetry class, “Discover the Poet Within for Health & Recovery” has become available.   It was first announced on our Facebook page and is available for viewing and download by Clicking here for the Poetry


Services Center Newsletter 
The current CPR Services Center Newsletter is available by clicking here


New Publication:

“Psychotic depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and engagement in cognitive-behavioral therapy within an outpatient sample of adults with serious mental illness.”   Jennifer D Gottlieb, Kim T Mueser, Stanley D Rosenberg, Haiyi Xie, Rosemarie S Wolfe in Comprehensive Psychiatry.


Conference Board Update    

The conference board is updated on a monthly basis.

To send us information about conferences, or to provide information which might be used in an upcoming eCast, please contact us at


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, and Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Service, Mental Health and Employment Organizations. Click here 

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