Recovery Woman presents an intergalactic acknowledgement of CASRA's commitment to wellness, recovery and rights to Chad Costello, CASRA President and Public Policy director at Mental Health America-LA.
Last fall's conference featured Mark Salzer, Ph.D. the Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a training center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The Collaborative's approach to community inclusion focuses on the "opportunity to live in the community and be valued for one's uniqueness and abilities like everyone else" (Salzer, 2006).
The major take-away from Mark's plenary remarks was that community integration is medically necessary not simply an adjunctive or "when I get to it" activity.
We are hoping that Mark will join us in Concord to bring his message to the northern California CASRA conference community.
CASRA is pleased to announce the availability of its latest toolkit, "Meaningful Roles for Peer Provides in Integrated Healthcare."
The toolkit was developed by CASRA with support from the Integrated Behavioral Health Project and funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.
Download your free copy here.
The SAMHSA funded toolkit on the development of community alternatives to hospital-based acute care services is now available.
Click here for the table of contents and here to order your copy for only $ 149. The toolkit provides everything you need to know to develop, implement and operate alternatives to hospital-based acute care services.
Although conventional wisdom asserts that there is a nation-wide shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds, CASRA believes the solution is crisis stabilization, psychiatric emergency and crisis residential alternatives that are not hospital-based. Progress Foundation’s Dore Street is a prime example of a community-based response to a system’s acute care needs. It features a psychiatric emergency room and stabilization center attached to a crisis residential program.