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...
The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
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Upcoming STAR Center Webinar:
Title: Native American Health and Healing Approaches
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Shirley Montoya and Anthony Lee, Healing Circles Wellness Center in Shiprock, New Mexico; Rudy Soto,
National Council on Urban Indian Health.
Understanding and embracing indigenous healing approaches is an important way to move forward in addressing healthcare inequalities, especially in Native
communities. In this STAR Center webinar, our presenters will share examples of self-care and healing approaches that are used in urban, rural and frontier
communities, describe the history, foundations, values and standards inherent in these approaches as well as offer recommendations for how these approaches
may be better engaged by Native people in states, territories and tribal governments across the country. Join us for another provocative and inspiring
webinar presentation on approaches to eliminating the health and mental health disparities in our communities.
Rev. Shirley Montoya, Project Manager, Healing Circle Wellness Center in Shiprock, NM.
The Reverend Shirley Montoya was born and raised in the valley of Shiprock, New Mexico and graduated Cum Laude with a Sociology/Human Services
degree and earned her Master of Divinity Degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. As an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist
Church of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, she served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Cook College & Theological School in Tempe, Arizona,
Director of the Northern Navajo United Methodist Ministry in Kayenta, Arizona, Associate Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Tucson,
Arizona and Senior Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Patagonia, Arizona.
She is currently the Project Manager for the Healing Circle Wellness Center in Shiprock, NM. The Community Wellness Center provide resources to
Relatives (consumers) seeking sobriety and recovery support through the teachings of the Dine' Way of life. Rev. Montoya also serves as Chairperson
of the Four Corners Native American Ministry Board, member of the Shiprock Historical Society and To'nihaiyilya: Growing Our Dreams, Inc., Restoring
& Celebrating Family Wellness Committeeand the Dine' Community Advocacy Alliance. Rev. Montoya's hope for the Dine' Nation is that all families are
safe, healthy, and prosperous and live out the Dine' way of life, simply, "To Walk in Beauty".
Anthony Lee, Traditional and Culture Instructor, Healing Circle Wellness Center
Anthony has been teaching and sharing oral history of the Dineh (Navajo) people, as well as The Athabaskin tribes, since 1999. He has also been with the
Healing Circle Wellness Center now for 5 years as a Traditional and Culture Instructor. Most of the teachings are at "hard core" level of Tradition: How
'wellness' is obtained through tradition.
Anthony is an apprenticed story keeper through the Late Jon Dis Chilli (Kii ya a nii), medicine man and mentor. He is also an advocate for The Preservation
of The Historical Dinetah Ancient areas and a member of the The Navajo Historical Society.
Rudy Soto (Shoshone-Bannock), Policy Analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health
Rudy Soto (Shoshone-Bannock) is a Policy Analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. While serving on Capitol Hill as the Hatfield Fellow with the
Office of Congressman Schrader, Rudy gained insight about policy and advocacy through attending briefings, hearings, and participating in legislative meetings
with the representative. As a youth engagement specialist at the National Indian Child Welfare Association he worked with urban Indian and reservation based
communities around the country. As a project assistant for a suicide prevention grant at the Native American Rehabilitation Association in Portland, he helped
facilitate community meetings and engaged in dialogue and leadership development with community youth. In Washington DC, as part of the Native American
Political Leadership Program, Rudy received training in community organizing, which educated him on effective ways to reach out through modern technologies.
He is passionate about improve the health and well being of Indian country and serves in the Army National Guard on the side.
Into the Fold: Issues in Mental Health by Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Episode 6: Peer Support as Innovative Disruption by Chacku Mathai
Recent STAR Center Events
Title: One Size Does Not Fit All: Closing the Mental Health Disparities Gap for African-American Communities
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Nicki King, Ph.D., and Jim Gilmer, M.A., Co-Directors of the African American Strategic Planning Workgroup of the
California Reducing Disparities Project; Bennie Crayton,
Prevention Specialist, Ventura County Mental Health; Vincent Shelton, Transition Age Youth Focus Group facilitator
and participant, Beyond the Beats and the Lyrics narrator; Mark Spencer, Co-Founder/President Lavlife Foundation and
Co-Founder Hip-Hop Collective Group and Member of California Reducing Disparities Project African American
Strategic Planning Work Group; Chief Calvin Handy, retired law enforcement officer.
The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) recently released the
Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities which
was developed in partnership with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and workgroups from five populations - African Americans, Asians and
Pacific Islanders (API), Latinos, Native Americans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.
Building on their 2012 report We Ain't Crazy! Just Coping with
a Crazy System, the African American Strategic Planning Workgroup recently developed a video called Beyond the
Beat and the Lyrics, and a Facilitator's Guide to increase
dialogue and understanding of the impact of stigma and discrimination on the mental health status of transition age African-American men. Join us for
a provocative and informative webinar presentation on recommendations for systems transformation to reduce disparities that
may apply or be useful in your community.
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STAR Center Meeting
Building Resilience Through Trauma Informed Communities: How Do We Get Started?
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE
Washington, D.C. 20019
Moderator: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, Director, STAR Center
Panelists: Leah Harris, M.A., Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery;
Iden Campbell McCollum, CPRP, Executive Director of The Campbell Center;
A movement to create Trauma-Informed Communities is well underway across the United States and Canada. A Community
Resilience Cookbook was recently created to highlight these initiatives and offer interested communities some resources
and suggested ways to move forward. Continue the conversation about Community Resilience in the DC Metro Area.
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Community of Practice
STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership:
Featuring an Interview with Lauren Spiro
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Every day we are faced with opportunities to make a real difference in our communities. Do we offer our unique contribution or just keep it to ourselves?
Lauren's Dialogues of Discovery model is a testament to the power of dialogue to transform consciousness and an invitation to explore topics such as:
How to redefine who you are, how to fill the emptiness in your soul, and how to learn to forgive - ourselves as well as others who have harmed us.
Lauren will discuss how to discover your vision of how you want the community or the world to be and what specific steps you can begin taking towards
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