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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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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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Building Bridges, LGBT Populations: A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems

Community Conversations About Mental Health Toolkit

Hogg Foundation Report on Eliminating Disparities through Integrated Health

HHS Plan to Reduce Disparities

Institute of Medicine on Eliminating Disparities

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy

Behavioral Health United States 2012

The Dynamic System of Power, Privelege and Oppression

Gender: Power and Privelege

Five Faces of Oppression

Oppression and Privilege Framework

Difference, Power, and Privelege

A Structural Analysis of Oppression

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STAR Center Webinars:

Intentional Peer Support as a Framework for Building Diverse Communities

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:


Eva Dech, Training Manager

Eva has been involved in human rights and social justice activism and advocacy for over two decades. After years of developing and working within peer support, she came to believe the path to healing and recovery was through relationships, creating opportunities for empowerment, and building connected, inclusive, and supportive communities.





Steven Morgan, Operations Manager

Steven Morgan has worked in peer support services for the past decade, during which time he has helped create and manage several peer-run and alternative mental health programs. Steven has a passion for creating instruments of social change, a love of organizational development, and a belief in the transformative power of community.



Description: Please join us for an overview and discussion of Intentional Peer Support as a framework for building community and embracing diversity. IPS is a way of thinking about and inviting powerfully transformative relationships among people. By focusing on the tasks and principles of mutual support, practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.

For over ten years, IPS has been training people working in human services all over the world on why and how to build mutual relationships that are energizing, co-creative, and explorative. It is a trauma-informed approach that focuses on staying connected, paying attention to worldview, shifting from helping to learning, and above all, creating relationships that open up new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing.


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Self-Care is Primary Care

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:

Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D

Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D, is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a health information technology company run by and for people in recovery. We build web applications that help individuals recover after a diagnosis of mental illness. Our flagship products are an online Recovery Library and a web application that helps individuals, families and psychiatrists engage in shared decision making to find the best treatment for recovery. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.



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Promoting Family Wellness using WRAP®

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenter:


Matthew Federici

Description: Through this webinar, Matthew will discuss his recovery experience personally, professionally and as a family member despite challenges in the mental health system care. He will be supported by speakers in his own family from the experiential perspectives of the wellness journey in the family during difficult times and beyond. A key resource in his presentation is how the evidenced based Wellness Recovery Action Plan applies in the context of the individual's and the family's journey of recovery. Through this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts and action plans of WRAP
  • Describe how WRAP may benefit a families wellness
  • Identify next steps to learning and sharing WRAP with other families
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The Life Changing Power of Self Directed Care and Peer Support

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Self-Direction is a well-recognized practice, and was recently highlighted as a key initiative in a landmark guidance letter by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The opportunity to design, implement and offer self-directed care and peer support to people with mental health conditions in our communities has never been greater. The presenters in this webinar will offer an overview of self-directed care, offer personal and professional experience with implementing self-directed care and peer support, identify the lessons learned for implementation and systems advocacy as well as important strategies for moving forward and improving the impact of self-directed care in underserved communities.


Presenters:
Erme C. Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, WRAP Facilitator, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP)
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Julie Schnepp and John Hamm, Consumer Recovery Investment Funds (CRIF) Self Directed Care (SDC) Program Participants
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Additional Resources:
CRIF SDC Featured in Magellan Behavioral Health Report to the Community:
Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA:
Temple University Collaborative on Community Integration for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities:
PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Recovery Information:

Lessons of Lived Experience with Recovery: Engaging Asian and South Asian American Communities

Date: Wednesday, August 27th
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.

There are 15.5 million people with origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent living in the United States. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Asian Americans. Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States and Southeast Asian refugees are at significant risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with trauma experienced before and after immigration to the U.S. Despite what we know about recovery-oriented, person-centered and culturally competent services that engage and empower people to live their lives, not their diagnoses, the message of recovery has yet to reach the majority of the Asian and South Asian American community. In this webinar, presenters from Asian and South Asian communities will offer their personal lived experience with recovery, lessons learned about the barriers they had to overcome and suggestions for improving engagement of the Asian and South Asian American Community in mental health recovery.


Presenters:


Gayathri Ramprasad


Can Truong
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Additional Resources from Gayathri Ramprasad:
Cultural Competency in mental Health Peer-run Programs & Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess & Enhance Your Services
USPRA's Principles of Multicultural Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
NAMI Multicultural Action Center
ASHA International
PEHCHAAN
SAMHAJ

Additional Resources from Can Truong:
NAAPIMHA
AAPI Behavioral Health Care Organizations

Engaging People in Services that Support Recovery

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

People vote with their feet and often walk away from services that do not meet their needs. In this webinar, Pat Deegan will draw on her experience in building services that engage and empower people to to live their lives, not their diagnosis. Pat will use examples from her work with OnTrackNY first episode psychosis teams, shared decision making and recovery learning collaboratives, to illustrate principles of successful engagement strategies.


Presenter:

Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D

Learning objectives:

  • To understand why people choose to walk away from services
  • To understand how very high rates of engagement have been achieved in the OnTrackNY programs serving young folks with first episode psychosis
  • To understand how technology can help engage people in recovery-oriented services

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Additional Resources
CommonGround
RECOVERYlibrary

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 that vision.

This month's Community of Practice features an interview with Lauren Spiro. Fueled by a vision of an America where every individual is respected and included as a valued member of the community, Lauren's work focuses on developing our capacity for compassion, appreciating the vast creativity of the human mind, and building pathways so everyone may come home. She is the co-founder and co-director of Emotional CPR. She co-founded two non-profit corporations and is the associate director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. She consults on several Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's contracts and her memoir, Living for Two: A Daughter's Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace was published in 2014. She has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology. For more information see www.Laurenspiro.com

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership and Action for a featured interview with Lauren Spiro to hear more about Lauren's view of her own leadership style, her personal standards for leadership and how we can best support and develop leadership with each other.

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STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership:
Featuring an Interview with Khatera Aslami


Date: Wednesday, September 10, 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?

This month's Community of Practice features a new webinar based interview format with Khatera Aslami. Khatera is Consumer Empowerment Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. Formerly Executive Director of Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS), she is a consumer, trauma survivor, and a representative of an underserved immigrant community (Afghan-American), as well as an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. Khatera specializes in forging community partnerships and alliances in an effort to spread WRAP and its values and ethics, end stigma and discrimination, promote wellness, recovery, resiliency, and social inclusion throughout the Oakland Bay Area and California.

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership and Action for a featured interview with Khatera Aslami to hear more about Khatera's view of her own leadership style, her personal standards for leadership and how we can best support and develop leadership with each other.

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STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership:
Featuring an Interview with Leah Harris


Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET

This month's Community of Practice features a new webinar based interview format with Leah Harris, M.A., Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Leah is a mother, storyteller, and activist. She has been a nationally-recognized leader in the mental health consumer/survivor movement for over a decade. Leah is the daughter of two parents who were diagnosed with mental illness, both of whom died young as a result of their disabilities. This depth of her personal experience fuels Leah's commitment to ensuring human rights and recovery for all people who experience emotional distress and crisis.

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership and Action for a featured interview with Leah Harris to hear more about Leah's view of her own leadership style, her personal standards for leadership and how we can best support and develop leadership with each other.

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Additional Resources from Leah Harris
8 Differences between Traditional and Collaborative Leaders
Traits of True Leaders
Mindful Leadership


Community of Practice Resources:

Presentation from June 17, 2014
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Presentation from May 25, 2014
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Presentation from April 29, 2014
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Additional Resources:
Watch "Why Diversity is Upside Down"- Andres Tapia from Tedx Indianapolis
Watch "Adaptive vs. Technical" - Dr. Ronald Heifetz
Part 1 of the video series: Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices by Vivian Chavez
Tedx Talk on Adaptive Leadership-Leading Change by Marty Linsky
Situational Leadership Styles Questionnaire
Social Matrix
Expanding Our Social Justice Practices
Situational Leadership Self-Assessment

Archive of Webinars:

Hitting the Streets: Engaging People When and Where It's Needed the Most

Learning objectives:

  • Identify principles of effective outreach;
  • Describe effective outreach strategies;
  • List effective best practices for outreach;
  • Promote safety strategies for outreach work; and
  • Discuss steps in building trust.

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Cultural Activation Prompts (CAPs): A New Consumer Tool to Encourage Consumers to Let Providers Know About What Culturally Matters To Them

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the importance to providers of learning about a consumer's cultural identity and value system
  • To learn of a new notion of cultural activation intended to promote consumer's participation in the therapeutic process
  • To become familiar with a newly developed tool, CAPs, for use by consumers to present salient features of their culture that might influence care planning.
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Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the unique aspects of courageous conversations
  • Deepen the awareness of how prejudice, discrimination and oppression operate at the intrapersonal, social, and systemic contexts
  • Learn how to be an ally through the development of cultural empathy
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Star Center Resources:

Justice Materials link
Archive of Star Center Resources

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