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.
Our efforts towards systems transformation are also measured in milestones such as increasing the:
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Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison
SAMHSA's GAINS Center would like to announce the release of the Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison. Developed in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the guidelines promote the behavioral health and criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches to identify which persons need services, what services they need, and how to match these needs upon transition to community-based treatment and supervision. The Guidelines can be found on the GAINS Center website's "Reentry" Topical Resources page.
Accompanying the Guidelines, the GAINS Center is also releasing a four-page summary document that sums up the most important takeaways from the Guidelines in one quick and easy location. The summary document can also be found on the GAINS Center website's "Reentry" Topical Resources page.
During a webinar held on September 6, 2013, the Guidelines' underlying key principles, as well as how to apply the guidelines to make communities safer; use resources efficiently and effectively; and advance individuals' recovery were discussed. Click here for slides and a recording of the webinar.
Invitations for Applications:
Application for Virtual Learning Community for Peer-Run Organizations on Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Trauma-Informed Organizational ChangeApplication Invitation
Transforming Lives Through Supported EmploymentRequest For Applications
2014 BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform EducationApplication Information
The National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy Annual Rights (NARPA) 2014 ConferenceApplication Invitation
Time to Get Insured: Learn the Who, What, Why, and How to Enroll in Health Insurance through the Medicaid Expansion or the State or Federal Marketplacehttp://www.esi-bethesda.com/adsteleconference/
Second in the GAINS Center Five-Part Series of Evidence-Based Practice Webinars: Supported Employment Title: "Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness" Presented by: Dr. Gary Bond and Sarah Swanson of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center Date and time: February 18, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
To complement the "Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness" brief (available here) written by Dr. Gary Bond and released on the GAINS Center website in early December, Dr. Bond and Sarah Swanson of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center will hold a webinar on the supported employment brief and share their knowledge on what the research says and how to apply supported employment in real world settings.
This webinar will be followed by one or more "Ask the Expert" discussion groups in subsequent weeks, allowing participants the chance to converse with Dr. Bond and Ms. Swanson and pose questions to them.
Participants will need to call the number AND log-in to the link to join the webinar: Call-in #: 888-677-3788 Participant passcode: EMPLOY
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Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada Announces the First National Conference on Peer Support! http://www.psac-canada.com/ncps/
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Community Conversations About Mental Health
The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to be a resource to help those interested in holding a community dialogue about mental health. It is comprised of three parts, described below, that will help communities and groups plan and facilitate a dialogue about mental health. (as written by SAMHSA)
The toolkit includes: an Information Brief (also available in Spanish), a Discussion Guide and a Planning Guide. To download the Toolkit, please visit: http://www.samhsa.gov/communityconversations/
Join the conversation on the SAMHSA's GAINS
SAMHSA's GAINS Center's Virtual Learning Community is an online forum established to foster conversation, information sharing, and dialogue among the various SAMHSA-funded grant projects supported by the GAINS Center and the larger behavioral health and criminal justice communities.
For the SAMHSA grantee programs, this learning community provides a venue to discuss project management, peer involvement, implementation, obstacles, and innovation with one another.
For others passionate about behavioral health and criminal justice, this community provides a space to share ideas on topics such as trauma-informed care, and obtain and access a variety of resources that may improve the way you do business.
To join the GAINS Center Virtual Learning Community, please visit Virtual Learning Center Link.
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