CASRA Fall Conference
November 4, 2015

in beautiful Pasadena,CA


dina taylor, keynote speaker

We are very excited to announce Dina Tyler as our keynote speaker.

Her keynote address will focus on new and innovative ways to partner with people who hear voices and/or experience other types of extreme states.

Dina is the Director of the Bay Area Mandala Project, co-founder of the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network and works with youth in an early psychosis intervention program in Alameda County, California. She was awarded Peer Specialist of the Year by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2015!

Call for Workshop Presenters Now Available. Click here.

CASRA Selected to Host Trainings for Hearing Voices Group Facilitators

The Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund has selected CASRA to work with them to host their new Hearing Voices trainings. We look forward to partnering with the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network as well as a number of our member agencies to sponsor this exciting training opportunity. We are pleased to be part of a project that will support hundreds of consumers in the thirteen counties in the Greater Bay Area as well as counties in the Far Northern region of California to access important alternatives for managing the voice hearing experience.

We will be posting information about next steps as we get the news. Stay tuned!

Meaningful Roles for Peer Providers in Integrated Healthcare

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.

Now Available - Crisis Residential
Treatment Toolkit

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.

Will Hall Delivers Inspirational Keynote

Will Hall, leader in the development and utilization of alternative approaches to working with the voice hearing experience, spoke to the hearts and minds of conference attendees with his thoughtful presentation followed by a live demonstration of his techniques in a subsequent workshop.

For those of you who were unable to join us, click here to link to the Madness Radio network to listen to his presentation.

CASRA Spring Newsletter

The spring newsletter features articles on the latest challenges to the civil rights of persons with psychiatric disabilities as well as articles on the status of the peer support specialist certification and shared-decision making initiatives currently underway in California.

For the complete newsletter, click here.