Bursting Out of the Bubble: Extending Our Recovery Community

Special Announcement: The location of the CASRA conference has been changed. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA.

We welcome our colleagues from the Veteran’s Administration, Substance Abuse Treatment Community and Child & Family Service agencies to join us April 23-24, 2014 for the CASRA spring conference.

The conference features 30 workshops on best practices in social rehabilitation,  finding common ground in mental health and substance abuse treatment, community building and stigma busting, expanding roles for people in recovery in behavioral health and integrated healthcare settings, and implementation of healthcare reform.

A complete list of workshops is now available.

Registration Form | Conference Brochure

Alternatives to Psychiatric Hospitalization - Cornerstone of Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act

Thirty-five years ago, the California legislature established non-institutionalization as the policy of California by enacting the Community Residential Treatment Systems Act (AB 3052:1978). The movement to promote alternatives to hospital and other institutional 24-hour treatment settings was given a boost with the passage of the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act in 2013 (SB 82).

The IMHW provides funding for the development of at least 2,000 crisis residential and crisis stabilization beds to address unmet needs and reduce the use of emergency rooms and hospital-based acute care.

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.

CASRA’s spring conference includes a day-long institute on the development of effective alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization featuring the work of Steve Fields, author of Crisis Residential Treatment Manual.

Board Unanimously Approves Policy on Use of Psycho-Active Medications

In October 2013, the membership of CASRA approved a revision to the Medication Policy.

CASRA has long recognized that psycho-active medications while often helpful also can have harmful effects on people, the long-term impact of which may be severe and irreversible.  Therefore, CASRA is making a commitment to support clients’ efforts to function without psycho-active medications or with the lowest possible dosage.  Click here for the complete policy.

California’s Newest CPRPs

Five staff from Interim, Inc. (Monterey) have joined the growing list of rehabilitation practitioners who have earned national certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP).  The CPRP credential is a test-based credential that demonstrates that a practitioner has mastered the skills of wellness and recovery-oriented practice.

Please join us in congratulating Miranda Salinas, Kathryn Johnson, Karina Pinedo, Scarlett McAleese and Idalia  Matthews