CASRA Spring Conference - Recovery in Practice

We've come a long way. A scant fifty years ago, institutionalization, isolation and hopelessness were the accepted norms. We now have evidence that demonstrates what we have always known in our hearts. Services that value dignity, self-respect and choice and are based on the truth that people can and do recover from the mix of experiences that we call mental illness are the most effective.

May 7-8, 2015 Concord Hilton, Concord, CA

The Call for Presenters is now available. Deadline for submissions: January 31st

Larry Fricks, nationally known leader in the use of peer providers in integrated healthcare, is our special guest.

Call for Presenters and Presenter Information

Early Registration Coming February 1st

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 fall conference includes a half-day 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.

CASRA's spring conference will feature strategies for reducing antipsychotic polypharmacy.

Marianne Baptista - Retiring

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Marianne Baptista as CASRA Director of Education and Training as of December 31st.

Under Marianne's leadership and tireless efforts, CASRA has expanded our on-line training offerings, developed certificate programs in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery-oriented practices at multiple community colleges and hosted what many claim are the finest and most relevant conferences in the mental health field in California.