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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
This brochure provides guidance for people in families in which someone has gone to the emergency room after a suicide attempt. It covers assessments that will be done in the emergency room, and what these assessments should include; information the family member should provide to emergency department personnel; how follow-up hospitalization will work, if the family member will be hospitalized; and how to follow up after the emergency department visit. Specifically, the brochure discusses what a follow-up treatment plan should involve, and ways to reduce risks for the person who has attempted suicide. It concludes with resources, including the free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, through which help is available at 1?800?273?TALK (1?800?273?8255).

What You Need to Know About Wellness Week
This fact sheet explains National Wellness Week, a part of the Wellness Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Observed on the third week in September as part of National Recovery Month, National Wellness Week aims to heighten awareness of the importance of wellness and promote wellness among people with mental health and substance use problems. The fact sheet identifies the eight dimensions of wellness-emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental-and explains the importance of wellness for all people, but especially for people with mental health and substance use problems, who may have lower levels of wellness in several of the eight dimensions. The fact sheet notes how some people and groups around the country have observed National Wellness Week; suggests ways for people to participate in the observance; and provides a range of resources that people can access for more information on wellness-related topics.

Health Insurance and Mental Health Services
This web page answers common questions about mental health services and health insurance, with a focus on changes due to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It describes expansions in services for mental health and substance use through the ACA, the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to follow up if you think your insurance plan is not meeting its requirements under the ACA, and the behavioral health coverage that Medicaid and Medicare provide. It also includes several links to resources for more information.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do
This guide is designed to help teachers, clergy, and other adults to help children and adolescents in their communities to cope with and make sense of the trauma of major disasters and acts of violence, as well as other traumas and tragic events they may witness. The guide discusses the impact of trauma and provides tips and suggestions for how adults can talk with children and create safe environments to support them in coping.

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Myths and Facts
Created by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, this fact sheet evaluates current justifications for imposing involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) on individuals and discusses how IOC outcomes have looked in practice. Costs and outcomes of IOC are compared to those of peer-run crisis respites, which cost less than a third of what IOC costs per day and have been shown in studies to be as effective as standard care. Other alternatives and their documented outcomes are also discussed, including supportive housing and mobile crisis services. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the National Disability Rights Network also contributed to this fact sheet.

Not Without Us (Video)
This video highlights the importance of choice, hope, and empowerment in recovery and the fact that recovery is possible. Video participants discuss their experiences of being told that they needed treatment and chemicals to balance their brains, and that then the rest of their life would follow suit. They share their belief that in fact, recovery is accomplished through working on all aspects of one's life. Psychiatric survivors share their stories of recovery and reclaiming their lives after moving away from the traditional treatment model.

eCPR: A Health Promotion Approach
This article discusses Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the philosophy behind it, which emphasizes fostering a connection to help an individual as he or she is coping with a crisis, rather than trying to diagnose the individual when he or she discloses. The program was developed by people with lived experiences of mental health challenges and recovery who felt that connection and just having someone willing to listen were key factors in their recovery. This training teaches needed skills to help people support others in a compassionate, nonjudgmental manner in hopes that it can prevent the crisis from worsening and break potential cycles of isolation and distress.

State Laws Affecting the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities
This table summarizes the voting laws, guardianship laws, mental health statutes, and developmental disability statutes for each State to help give individuals a better understanding of laws that can affect the voting rights of people with mental health problems.

Information Technology Section of the National Empowerment Center Web Site
In this section of their Web site, the National Empowerment Center provides information and tools for peers and peer-run programs to learn more about the ever-changing areas of information technology and social networking. By better understanding these technologies, peers can use them to empower themselves, get information, receive social support, share their stories, and fundraise for their organizations.

Putting Recovery at the Heart of All We Do
This brief guide provides an overview of values and principles of recovery-based services, as well as recovery-based practices and standards. It discusses ways to support individuals in moving toward health and wellness by focusing on their strengths and bringing value, hope, and meaning to their lives rather than focusing solely on pathology, symptoms, and illness.

THRIVE: Community Tool for Health & Resilience In Vulnerable Environments
The Prevention Institute, with funding from the Office of Minority Health, part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed and then recently updated this community health and resilience toolkit. The toolkit was designed to assist communities in reducing the inequalities that minorities have experienced and in attaining better health outcomes for all community members. To achieve these positive outcomes, the toolkit helps community members pinpoint issues that are contributing to disparities and learn how to take action to effect improvements.

Mental Health Matters: Veteran Mental Health
According to the George Washington University Face the Facts Initiative as cited at this resource's Web page, veterans represent 20 percent of suicide deaths within the United States. This episode of Mental Health Matters, a cable access television series, features a psychologist from the Oakland Vet Center and a veteran who shares his experiences with posttraumatic stress disorder and military culture as it relates to mental health issues. Effective treatment approaches and methods of support that family and friends can offer to veterans are also discussed.

Identifying mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents: A guide for child-serving organizations
This guide is a resource that helps with the early recognition of mental health and substance use disorders in children and adolescents. It includes various tools to help with early identification and examines key factors associated with children and youth and mental health and substance use, including community resources and partnerships, child welfare, family, domestic violence, trauma, and juvenile justice.

Shine | A Project of P.E.E.R.S.
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), one of five 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awardee organizations, created this documentary film highlighting the inspirational stories of three youth living in the urban community of Oakland, CA. Each has overcome mental health challenges and trauma and touches on key issues including violence, trauma, and cultural norms as they share their personal stories during the film. The Shine Web site includes four versions of the film to help give individuals sharing this film with others options for using it in different settings. There is also a screening toolkit provided that includes resources to help in facilitating discussions within the community.

Recovery insights: Learning from lived experience
Produced by Rethink Mental Illness, an organization in England dedicated to promoting awareness about mental health and supporting people in recovery, this booklet explores recovery and the lived experiences of 55 individuals, emphasizing the role that other people can play in one's recovery journey. It provides specific learning points for recovery for others with mental disorders, their family and friends, and mental health providers.

What recovery means in acute care
In this Webinar, presenters explore recovery in the context of acute care. They cover specific topics, including different climates of recovery, such as trauma-informed staff, the inclusion of natural supports, and a welcoming admission process. There is also dialogue on methods of incorporating peers into the acute care setting and consumer-managed crisis residential approaches. In addition, one presenter explores psychiatric advance directives, which are legal tools that allow people to choose or refuse future psychiatric treatment and to specify types of treatment they are or are not willing to have used.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
This web page, provided through the Corporation for Enterprise Development's Web site, describes Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), matched savings accounts that help people in low- to moderate-income households develop assets. The Web site provides information about IDAs, including a directory of IDA programs, guidance on starting an IDA, and a public policy link for people interested in supporting efforts to have IDA programs become available to more low-income families across the U.S.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
This Web site describes the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a Canada-wide savings plan reserved for individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities in Canada can use the RDSP to save and invest money and have their savings matched by the Canadian government. Relatives of people with disabilities may also contribute to an RDSP to help a family member save. The Web site provides a general overview of the RDSP, a tutorial to learn more, and a step-by-step guide.

NCCTS leadership: Culture and trauma
Recognizing how culture influences the way traumatic experiences are perceived, this National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) factsheet discusses the importance of culturally competent trauma-informed treatments. The factsheet describes guidelines for culturally competent service providers, shares information on National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) initiatives such as the NCTSN culture listserv, and describes a vision for the future treatment of individuals impacted by trauma. The factsheet also describes the NCTSN mission to enhance services for children who have been traumatized.

Starting a Self-Help/Advocacy Group
This guide provides a basic introduction to the steps needed to start a self-help/advocacy group. It suggests some first steps to this process such as conducting research and soliciting help, and provides some tips on meeting ideas and facilitating large meetings. It also describes the roles and effectiveness of self-help/advocacy groups and the roles of family, friends, and professionals in consumer-run self-help groups.

SAMHSA Consumer-Operated Evidence-Based Practice KIT
This guide provides tools for developing mental health services which are owned and run by people in recovery. The guide, whose recommendations are rooted in evidence-based practices, provides detailed recommendations on implementing evidence-based practices, what it takes to build and evaluate a program, staff and volunteer training, and using multimedia to introduce consumer-operated services.

Essential tools: Improving secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities
This guide provides information for educators, community agencies, families, and workforce development specialists working to develop an environment that improves and enhances school and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The guide explains an approach called community resource mapping and discusses how this approach can be used to foster interagency collaboration with the goal of ensuring that all youth have access to a broad, comprehensive, and integrated system of services.

Child trauma toolkit for educators
This toolkit serves as a resource for educators, parents, and caregivers to help them better understand and learn how to address trauma in children. It provides facts and recommendations for individuals working with children, details on the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma in children at different ages, information on childhood traumatic grief, and guidance on self-care when working with children who have experienced trauma.

Helping behavioral health clients with parenting and child custody issues: Guidebook and training materials for half-day training for case managers and other service providers
This guidebook is a resource for case managers and behavioral health staff working with consumers who are parents or are considering becoming parents. The materials are designed to help parents maintain custody of their children and help those who have lost custody to regain custody. The guidebook includes a training curriculum, with PowerPoint slides and trainer notes, practice activities using scenarios, and handouts for participants to learn how to address child welfare and custody issues to better support consumers in this important aspect of community integration.

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for homeless services
Taking into consideration the high rate of traumatic exposure among homeless families, this toolkit was developed to provide resources, knowledge, and guidance to homeless service providers and others working to provide appropriate support to families that have experienced traumatic stress. The toolkit outlines concrete steps that organizations can take to become trauma-informed, as well as a self-assessment to help organizations evaluate and adjust current methods to better serve and support clients.

Permanent Supportive Housing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT
This publication is part of the Knowledge Informing Transformation (KIT) series on evidence-based practices developed by the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. It identifies essential elements of permanent supportive housing services and programs for people with behavioral health problems. It also covers ways to develop new evidence-based programs. The KIT includes eight booklets available via Internet download or U.S. mail.

Personal assistance in community existence (PACE) series
The National Empowerment Center's PACE series includes resources and training materials to help consumers and providers develop recovery-oriented services and promote peer support. Particularly helpful are the Recovery Through Peer Support Curriculum and the Recovery Through Peer Providers DVD, which train consumers, family members, and providers to support others in their paths to mental health recovery.

Grading the States 2009
This interactive map provides an overview of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's 2009 State-by-State evaluation of mental health care systems. The Nation as a whole received a 'D' for the health care it provides to people with serious mental illness. The organization graded based on community integration and social inclusion, empowerment, and other factors. The full report, describing methodology, findings, and recommendations, is available for download.

Stepping up: A social inclusion action plan for mental health reform 2007-2012
This report from South Australia's Social Inclusion Board is a 5-year plan for transforming the mental health system. The goal of the plan is to encourage social inclusion, help people working in the mental health system to understand those they serve, encourage recovery-oriented services, and improve the availability and effectiveness of the mental health services that individuals and families from all socioeconomic and age groups need to lead meaningful lives.

SAFE program: Mental health facts for families
This online manual was developed by Dr. Michelle D. Sherman, Director of the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Facilities use this manual to conduct an 18-session education program for the family members of those with posttraumatic stress disorder or behavioral health problems. Mental health professionals facilitate the sessions. A representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness also attends. The manual includes information, discussion questions, and handouts for each session.

Post deployment stress: What families should know, what families can do
The RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research conducted literature reviews, solicited expert feedback, and facilitated focus groups to create two booklets related to post-deployment stress. This booklet addresses the concerns of those who have a family member returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the other addresses the concerns of service members themselves. Both booklets include information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that returning service members may face.

Guidance on transformational language
This brief electronic fact sheet provides information on the use of appropriate language when referring to mental health topics.

Resources, web pages, and internet links for faith communities
List of helpful resources for faith communities and NAMI affiliates which provide resources for persons of faith to help congregations in their understanding of mental illnesses.

Creating caring congregations
A brochure providing basic steps in developing a congregation with a better understanding of mental illness, where individuals with mental illnesses and others are welcomed.

A New Hampshire Guide to Mental Health and Healthy Aging for Older Adults and Caregivers
This guidebook was written for older adults with mental health concerns or mental illnesses, and their caregivers and family members. Living with mental health problems can be challenging, and as an individual grows older, further health issues are often encountered. Some references are specific to New Hampshire resources, but the overall themes can be applied universally.

Maryland rural families speak: About mental health
This article briefly discusses the findings from a study of families in two Maryland counties. It provides insight into the experiences of rural, low-income families.

Services in school for children with special needs: What parents need to know
This brochure describes services in schools for Children with special needs and what parents should know. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the denial of educational services, programs or activities to students with disabilities is prohibited, and constitutes discrimination

Talking About Mental Illness
This is a program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital in Canada. Featuring both a teacher's guide and a community guide for working with youth, the program aims to provide education about mental illness and combat the negative misconceptions that often surround it. It is based on the experiences of three communities and how they worked to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues while also promoting social inclusion of people who experience such issues.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.