January 2014 eCast

eCast Vol. 14  No. 01

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CPR News and Recent Activity

Now Available:

Proceedings: State of the Science Meeting On Policy And Employment For Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University conducted a meeting at Georgetown University on September 25-26 2013, about the role of disability policy in facilitating or hindering the early working careers of people with psychiatric disabilities. The meeting was a key activity of a 5-year project to explore the utility of an Internet-based Employment Learning Community vis a vis employment for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Three topics were selected that were critical to answering the overarching question:

1. The relationship between financial/medical assistance policies and public benefits and employment outcomes/status, i.e., Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), & Medicaid etc.

2. The relationship of policies and the delivery of effective interventions for individuals early in their working careers.

3. The relationship of policies and career development activities (e.g. identifying careers; education and training for careers; retention and promotion).

For a full document, see  http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/SOS_Proceeedings.pdf


Our Partners

SAMHSA’s Voices for Recovery – Share Your Story

Share your recovery story to help others see that recovery is possible.


CDC Press Release: Most health care providers don’t talk about alcohol, even when patients drink too much.

Alcohol screening and counseling is an effective but underused health service. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0107-alcohol-screening.html

43.7 Million Americans experienced mental illness in 2012 and $31 Million Announced to Improve Mental Health Services for Young People
Nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  See: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1312181201.aspx


Internet Resources

National Drug Facts Week: January 27 – February 2, 2014

National Drug Facts Week is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Find an event in your area or register your own. http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/


Controversy Plagues School Mental Health Screening

MIAMI January 13, 2014 (AP)  By KELLI KENNEDY


Scottish Recovery Network:

The way that social care is provided in Scotland is changing. SRN’s Louise Christie takes a look at self-directed support (SDS) and how this new way of working could promote and encourage recovery in mental health services. We want to know what you think too. Read more and have your say:  http://www.scottishrecovery.net/Latest-News/self-directed-support-will-it-promote-mental-health-recovery-in-services.html


New Webinar – Providers: Prepare for the Transition to ICD-10

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The National Council for Behavioral Health will host the upcoming webinar, “Transitioning to ICD-10: Why It’s Important to Behavioral Health Care Providers and How To Prepare.”

The 10th edition of the ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) will modify diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All substance use or mental disorder services provided are subject to HIPAA standards. As a result, behavioral health providers must make this transition by October 1, 2014.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

*          Achieve a basic understanding of the ICD-10.
*          Be aware of the significance of making the transition to the ICD-10.
*          Have knowledge of the implementation timeline.
*          Design an implementation strategy specific to the provider’s needs.

Register for the ICD Webinar:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/436395306


A new (old) way to treat mental illness
During a chance meeting five years ago at Boston’s airport, Cheryl Gagne (a former staff member at the C.P.R.) mentioned to a former psychiatrist of hers that she was bound for an Australian conference to deliver a keynote speech on mental illness recovery. Confounded, the physician merely stared at Gagne.  Probably, said Gagne, the doctor was recalling her former patient’s years of being psychologically crippled by alternate diagnoses of borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, and a succession of hospitalizations.


The Conference Board

Let us post your upcoming 2014 Events

Most recent: Registration is now open for the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference:  http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/CPRConferenceboard.html



National Endowment for the Humanities Grant-Writing Workshop
February 28, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm   Boston University George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue,  Boston University,  Boston, Massachusetts 02215

A new newsletter is available for download:  Job Development and Job Retention for Persons in Recovery

This newsletter features an interview with CPR’s Joan Rapp.
It is of interest especially to those helping others obtain employment.

Click here for the newsletter or go to: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/newsletter/RRNewsfall2013.pdf

To provide us feedback on this and our other newsletters, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPRNews2013    Thank you!


The American Psychological Association has become the publisher of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (PRJ). The mission of the journal is to promote the development of new knowledge related to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery of persons with serious mental illnesses. PRJ’s target audience includes psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners and researchers as well as recipients of mental health and rehabilitation services.
For the information see:  http://www.bu.edu/cpr/about/newsroom/PsyrehabjournalPress.pdf



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  

For the full site, go to http://www.bu.edu/cpr/employment/index.html


This eCast was produced by CPR staff including Bernard Kingsley, Erica Ratti, and William Costa.

This eCast and numerous products of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation are supported by a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (NIDRR/CMHS).

The eCast contents do not represent the policies of these Federal agencies and readers should not assume endorsement by the federal government.