We are excited to release our new document Reentry and Renewal: A review of peer-run organizations that serve individuals with behavioral health conditions and criminal justice involvement. Based on responses to a recent national survey, Reentry and Renewal highlights a dozen exemplary peer-run programs that serve individuals with both behavioral health conditions and criminal justice backgrounds.
Reentry and Renewal not only provides recommendations for peer-run programs to improve upon effective supports for individuals with behavioral health conditions, but also spotlights needed policy change and the importance of expanded funding and research.
The document is a joint project of The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s Peer Leader Interest Group, the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, Mental Health America, and the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion.
For more information on the survey or related training and technical assistance opportunities, contact the Temple University Collaborative at TUCollab@temple.edu
A webinar on Peer-run Organizations That Serve Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions and Criminal Justice Involvement will be hosted by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse and the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion on January 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Presenters will be Rita Cronise of the International Association of Peer Supporters, Ellen Healion of Hands Across Long Island, and Steve Miccio of PEOPLe, Inc. Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, will moderate. The 90-minute webinar grew out of a survey of peer-run programs serving people with behavioral health conditions and criminal justice involvement by The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s Peer Leader Interest Group, Mental Health America, the Clearinghouse, and the TU Collaborative.
What’s a Healthy Behavior Change E-Guide? Nothing less than a dive into the new healthcare revolution – the empowerment of people, families and communities to take charge of their health.
The E-Guide is our attempt to:
* Bring the focus of health back to the individual, family, and community.
* Connect silos of the excellent Healthy Behavior Change work that is currently underway.
* Curate important content to help people begin an exploration of areas that may be unfamiliar to them.
Check out the E-Guide at Change4Health.org.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 included an Outline for Cultural Formulation (OCF), revised from the one included in DSM-IV, and a new Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) of 16 questions to help clinicians obtain information for the OCF. The OCF includes (1) cultural identity, (2) cultural concepts of distress, (3) cultural stressors and supports, (4) cultural features of the clinician-patient relationship, and (5) overall assessment for diagnosis and treatment planning. Francis Lu, MD, Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, UC Davis, reviewed the rationale for these two clinical tools to incorporate cultural issues in diagnosis and treatment, a roadmap to where cultural issues appear in DSM-5, and an overview of the OCF and CFI.
College member Clare Miller, director of the American Psychiatric Association’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, has recorded an interview on Safe Space Radio. Clare works with employers to help them do everything they can to identify and treat depression among their employees. During the show, Clare and Anne, a board-certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine and the show’s host, discuss how to reduce the stigma of depression and the value of people coming forward with their own stories. Clare tells the story of how colleagues helped her to get treatment for her own depression, and how this has made her a more effective advocate for others with untreated mental health issues.
On January 14, 2016, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership presented a webinar on the social determinants of mental health with Ruth Shim, MD, MPH. The presentation focused on the social determinants of mental health and mental illnesses; those factors stemming from where we grow, live, work, learn, and age that impact our overall mental health and well-being, and those factors that contribute to mental illnesses. Although there has been considerable recent focus on the social determinants of physical health, there has been surprisingly little emphasis on the social determinants of mental health. Special consideration was given to the social determinants of mental health, as they are largely neglected with regard to their role in causing and worsening mental illnesses. These underlying causes of mental illnesses are modifiable precursors to behavioral risk factors, and are largely responsible for social injustice and mental health inequities. Dr. Shim provided an overview of important concepts and present evidence that supports the existence of these determinants. She will also discuss research, policy, and practice-based solutions. A technical issue prevented the webinar from beginning until the fifth slide; we apologize for the inconvenience.
The peer support specialist workforce has been growing and expanding since Medicaid established funding for these services in 2007. Absent from much of the research on the peer support specialist workforce has been a detailed national review of wages and compensation. The genesis for this study began at The College for Behavioral Health Leadership during an annual summit, with the recognition that leaders in the peer support services field did not have any reasonable benchmarks for compensation standards.
In order to address the focus of this study two surveys were constructed. One was designed for peer support specialists to report their current compensation (N = 1,608). A second survey was developed as a comparison for organizations who employ peer specialists (N = 271). Non-probability sampling methods were used and three leading consumer organizations (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, International Association of Peer Supporters, and New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) promoted and disseminate the surveys.
The findings of this study illustrate that there is diversity among the current national structure for the wages of peer specialists. This includes significant differences in average compensation rates between those who work all different hours ($15.42) and only full-time ($16.36). There are also different wage rates among the types of organizations (consumer and peer run organizations, community behavioral health organizations, health care provider organizations, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and health plan and managed care organizations) that employ this workforce. An analysis of the wages of peer specialists in the 10 US Department of Health and Human Services regions also demonstrates geographic differences in compensation rates and compares regional and national averages. Inequities in compensation rates are also noted between male and female peer specialists, with men receiving on average in excess of $2.00 more per hour than women. The implications for the findings of this study are discussed and include the need for greater attention and focus on the wages of the peer specialist workforce.
This recording is from a webinar presentation on November 12, 2015. The webinar provided an approach and resources to facilitate authentic communication between service recipients and providers. This new approach and resource is called “Cultural Activation Prompts,” a type of consumer health activation tool that affirms personal cultural views on health and supports the need for these views to be incorporated into all aspects of health care, particularly behavioral health care. Since the achievement of health literacy should take place in the context of culture and community, cultural activation is a necessary part of the process. This presentation will:
- Provide the definition of the new “Cultural Activation Prompts” tool,
- Describe how to facilitate culturally-oriented discussions utilizing these new cultural activation prompts, and
- Illustrate the intricate role of the peer specialist in this process.
- Moderator: Vivian Jackson, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
- Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Director, Cultural Competency and Diversity Issues, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
- Carole Siegel, PhD, Former Director, NKI Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health; Research Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
- Sandra Mitchell, Chairperson, Disability Committee, National Action Network
On February 4, 2015, ACMHA members Harvey Rosenthal, Tom Hill, and Patrick Hendry offer a one-hour webinar about the new Peer Services Toolkit released by the College and supported through the funding of Optum. Materials from that webinar are available from the links below.
Peer-run services that promote wellness and recovery from mental health and addiction-related conditions have emerged as an essential key element in new designs aimed at improving health care outcomes and qualities. The “Peer Services Toolkit: A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services” looks at the nature of peer support, its origins, essential elements, core values, training and certification, outcomes, providing services within peer-run and traditional agencies, state-level advocacy for peer support services, working with managed care companies, and much more.
Phyllis Vine asks “Why ACMHA?” Colleagues respond.
David Houle, author and futurist, brought to Summit the forces and contexts of the Shift Age and how they affect us as individuals, business people, and leaders. He looked at the future of generations, technology, IP, big data, and other topics to provide eye-opening transformations, weaving in a contextual and conceptual understanding of the huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in the next ten years. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most, transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle left us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age.
Dr. AJ Robinson, CEO, Symphonic Strategies, led participants at the 2014 ACMHA Summit – “Leading the Future of Health” – through a model and several exercises to improve leadership skills in leading change. In this excerpt, Dr. Robinson speaks about knowing your history and defining seminal moment. He then leads the audience through a collective exercise. ACMHA member Dr. Ron Manderscheid ends the clip by providing an outline of what participants define as seminal moments in behavioral health.
One of the tracks in the 2014 ACMHA Summit addressed the critical roles that consumers play in health care, both as peer supporters and as managers of their own health. That group developed the idea of producing short videos on two topics—peer support and health activation. In this clip, Jana provides an outstanding description of her own growth into peer support and how she has been able to help others and herself through this essential role.
One of the tracks in the 2014 ACMHA Summit addressed the critical roles that consumers play in health care, both as peer supporters and as managers of their own health. That group developed the idea of producing short videos on two topics—peer support and health activation. In this video Debbie and Ashley, mother and daughter, describe the family in which Ashley grew up and the mental health condition Ashley developed as a teen. Through her own growth in personal health literacy, Ashley was able to develop an understanding of the triggers for her own illness. This permitted her to become a health activated person, able to prevent episodes of depression even when confronted with the very untimely death of her young husband.
Assists behavioral health professionals in understanding the impact and consequences for those who experience trauma. Discusses patient assessment, treatment planning strategies that support recovery, and building a trauma-informed care workforce.
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership and Optum presented this webinar on transformational leadership November 21, 2013. Our speakers were Andy Sekel, PhD, CEO, Optum Specialty Networks, and Jennifer Andrashko, MSW, LICSW, Open Door Health Center. Enjoy this presentation and dialogue about transformational leadership and connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to projects and the collective identity of the organization.
Dr. Sekel, a seasoned leader in the field, oversees behavioral health, complex medical conditions, and physical health services that improve the overall health and well-being of individuals in the employer and health plan markets, as well as beneficiaries in Medicaid, Medicare, and other local, state and federal programs. Ms. Andrashko, an emerging leader, currently directs an integrated primary behavioral health program, which she also developed and implemented, in the only community health center in south-central Minnesota.
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) is a federal law that generally prevents group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits. MHPAEA originally applied to group health plans and group health insurance coverage and was amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as the “Affordable Care Act”) to also apply to individual health insurance coverage. HHS has jurisdiction over public sector group health plans (referred to as “non-federal governmental plans”), while the Departments of Labor and the Treasury have jurisdiction over private group health plans.
ACMHA, in collaboration with Optum, presented the webinar “Collaborative Leadership: A Foundation for Success on September 19, 2013. Presenters were Sandy Forquer, PhD, Sevior Vice President for State Government Programs, Optum Public Sector; Sharon Raggio, LMFT, LPC, MBA, President and CEO< Mind Springs Health; and Cheri Dolezal, RN, MBA, Executive Director, Optum Pierce Regional Support Network. Recording was delayed approximately 4 minutes. The video begins with the webinar in progress.