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Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer Run Programs and Self-Help Groups


Competencia cultural en salud mental. Programas dirigidos por pares y grupos de utoayuda: Una herramienta para evaluar y mejorar sus servicios
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Promising Practices Guide Supporting the Recovery of Justice-Involved Consumers

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Guía para el empoderamiento y la defensa de los derechos propios Para individulos involucrados en el sistema de justicia
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Promising Practices Guide Supporting the Recovery of Justice-Involved Consumers


Guía de prácticas prometedoras Apoyando la recuperación de los usuarios involucrados en el sistema de justicia

Featured Presentations

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Keynote Presentation:
The Evolving Role of Peer Support in Health Care by Chacku Mathai

Into the Fold Podcast: Issues in Mental Health by Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Episode 6: Peer Support as Innovative Disruption by Chacku Mathai

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Chacku Mathai
STAR Center Director

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STAR Center Project Manager

The STAR Center is one of the five National Technical Assistance Centers funded by SAMHSA to support mental health systems transformation. The purpose of the overall program is to provide technical assistance that facilitates the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting recovery and consumer directed approaches.

Each NTAC is organized by SAMHSA to focus on specific topic areas of concentration that can be offered through virtual training and technical assistance or product development for the whole country while also offering direct training and technical assistance to specific states, territories or tribal governments. The STAR Center is charged with supporting four target states/territories Rhode Island, New Mexico, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. read more...

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Title: STAR Center Interview with Gilberto Romero, PHK: A Public Health Approach to Mental Health

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time: 2- 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters: Gilberto Romero, PHK

Gilberto Romero, PHK Mr. Romero has a long history of mental health advocacy and has been recognized with prestigious awards from many national organizations (the New Mexico Governor's Recognition of Achievement in Aging Award 2007, National People of Color Consumer Survivor Network, Esperanza Hope Memorial Award, Latino Behavioral Health Institute, New Mexico Public Health Association, American Association for World Health, Parents of Behaviorally Different Children and the National Association of Social Workers, and the Public Citizen of the Year Award). Mr. Romero was also appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners. Mr. Romero is a former Board Member of National Latino Behavioral Health Association and Latino Tenemos Voz. Mr. Romero has extensive knowledge of the mental health system on the national, state, and local level, strong communications skills, and valued experiential knowledge as an advocate and consumer of mental health services. He hosted a radio program in New Mexico on mental health awareness for 18 years. Mr. Romero has a wide range of expertise on mental health policy issues including education, public awareness campaigns, media, community services, peer support, homelessness, criminal justice issues, cultural diversity, discrimination and social exclusion, and co-occurring disorders.


Join us for a STAR Center Interview, featuring Gilberto Romero, PHK from Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Mr. Romero has a long history of mental health advocacy and hosted a radio program in New Mexico on mental health awareness for 18 years. Mr. Romero has a wide range of expertise on mental health policy issues including education, public awareness campaigns, media, community services, peer support, homelessness, criminal justice issues, cultural diversity, discrimination and social exclusion, and co-occurring disorders.

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Upcoming Event

The Trauma Informed DC Initiative and ACEs Connection present:

Wounded Places

A film screening and community discussion

Too many of our children, especially children of color in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, experience adversity, violence, neglect and other forms of trauma and show symptoms similar to PTSD-except there is no 'post.' Traveling to Philadelphia and Oakland, this 40-minute episode chronicles the stories of children shaken by violence and adversity and asks not "What's wrong with you?" but "What happened to you?" and how can traumatized children and neighborhoods heal?

Thursday, July 16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
St. Elizabeths Hospital - Auditorium
1100 Alabama Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20032
(Congress Heights metro station)

Admission is free, but please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wounded-places-screening-community-discussion-tickets-17264952939

  • Event Schedule:
  • 5:30 p.m. Welcome, registration & refreshments
  • 5:50 p.m. Purpose: Trauma Informed DC Initiative
  • 6:00 p.m. Showing of Wounded Places
  • 6:45 p.m. Discussant Response
  • 7:00 p.m. Open Community Discussion
  • 7:25 p.m. Next Steps & Closing

Co-sponors include: Community Connections, DC Recovery Network, Green Door, NAMI-DC, St. Elizabeths Office of Community Affairs and Volunteer Services and Office of Consumer Affairs, and University Legal Services.

About Trauma Informed DC and ACEs Connection Network:
The primary purpose of Trauma Informed DC is to build a network of DC metropolitan area-based organizations and individuals who are interested in learning about and addressing the impacts of trauma on the health and wellness of residents. Areas of engagement include outreach, narrative building, leadership development, training & technical assistance, research, and policy & advocacy. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TraumaInformedDC

ACEs Connection Network: This community of practice uses trauma-informed, resilience-building practices to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and to change systems to stop traumatizing already traumatized people. www.acesconnection.com

TIDC's summer activities are planned in collaboration with the NAMI Star Center: www.consumerstar.org

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Recent STAR Center Events

STAR Center Webinar:

Title: Understanding the Role of Hip Hop Culture to Improve Outreach, Engagement and Recovery for People with Serious Mental Health Conditions.

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time: 2- 3:30 p.m. ET


Celia Brown, New York State Office of Mental Health Office of Consumer Affairs; Luis Lopez, Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry; Matthew Petitte, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County; Josh Trujillo, Inside Out Recovery, Espanola, NM.


"When we made Hiphop, we made it hoping it would be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets..." Afrika Bambaataa, the universal Zulu Nation. Emerging from the streets of the Bronx in New York City over 45 years ago, Hip Hop culture is now a world-wide platform for self-expression and cross-cultural connection. Hip hop is now recognized as an effective medium for mental health and addiction recovery engagement and recovery support. For example, the Lancet recently published an article (December, 2014) about the University of Cambridge's Hip Hop Psych initiative that recognizes hip-hop as helping to positively transform lives and achieve a sense of empowerment, street knowledge, resilience, and self-healing. Join us for an exciting dialogue with members of our recovery communities in New York and New Mexico as they review their personal and professional experience in applying Hip Hop as a means for cultural engagement and meaningful recovery support.

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Chacku Mathai
Josh Trujillo
Luis Lopez
Celia Brown
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Title: The Zero Suicide Movement and How Peers and Family Members Can Get Involved

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET


Michael Hogan, PhD, Hogan Health Solutions; Leah Harris, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Suicide Prevention Resource Center.


As suicide rates among young people and veterans continue to rise, people with mental health conditions remain at the highest risk. This includes people and families in crisis who are already relying on mental health services. Such services need to do a much better job of engaging their needs and wellness while minimizing the use of coercive and institutional "solutions." The presenters will highlight several new national initiatives: the Zero Suicide movement that seeks to make health care safer, and a just-released national report, "The Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery and Wellness with Insights from Lived Experience," that seeks to bridge the gaps between suicide attempt survivors, mental health policy makers, suicide prevention leaders, and program implementers.

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