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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/5/2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
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Mental Health (ADS Center)


In The News

Read about the Presidential Initiative to Support Military Families.

National Institute of Mental Health-funded research center, The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) External Web Site Policy., created to promote consumer choice and self-determination in mental health services.

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services announces the availability of the manual Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction External Web Site Policy..

Mental Health Self-Help: Consumer and Family Initiatives External Web Site Policy. offers research-based perspectives on the effectiveness of various forms of mental health self-help “and identifies potential areas for consumer initiatives to work with—and help improve—mental health systems,” according to Springer publishers.

The SAMHSA ADS Center Archived Feature Columns section features articles written by former Steering Committee members to highlight the social inclusion-related work of their organizations.

Stigma Research and Action External Web Site Policy., a peer-reviewed open-access journal, is available online.

David Borenstein describes “A Plan to Make Homelessness History” External Web Site Policy. in his New York Times opinion page article.

The SAMHSA Spring 2013 Newsletter focusing on Preventing School Violence:  A Sustainable Approach is now available online

Read about the SAMHSA-funded Campaign for Social Inclusion 2012 award winners for innovative youth-focused public education projects.

A Web cast from the November 2010 Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy: A Veteran’s Journey Home: Reintegrating Our National Guard and Reservists into Family, Community, and Workplace External Web Site Policy. is available online.

A Los Angeles Times article External Web Site Policy. reports on a study of public attitudes towards people with behavioral health problems. The study appears in the American Journal of Psychiatry External Web Site Policy..

For a different perspective on the above study, see the HealthDay article External Web Site Policy. which discusses the adverse impact of biological basis explanations of mental illness.

Pharmacists negative about schizophrenia, according to the results of a study of community pharmacists.

Tackling Stigma – A Practical Toolkit External Web Site Policy. is now available. The National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Support Service in the U.K. developed this kit for professionals and organizations as part of the National Tackling Stigma Project External Web Site Policy..

Visions: A.R.T. External Web Site Policy. plans to create an art studio at Oregon State Hospital, the site of the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Visions: A.R.T. seeks to transform societal attitudes about people with mental health issues and eliminate the prejudice and discrimination they often experience.

Basketball star Ron Artest speaks out about mental health External Web Site Policy..

World Health Organization releases important behavioral health-related report External Web Site Policy. focusing on social inclusion.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter gives an interview External Web Site Policy. to Time regarding America’s Mental Health Crisis.

For other news related to promoting acceptance and social inclusion for people with behavioral health problems and countering the negative beliefs, harmful attitudes, and discriminatory behavior experienced by those with behavioral health problems, please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Newsroom. The Web site provides links to recent stories from newspapers around the country, as well as national magazines and Web-based sources. Stories may range from hard-hitting news to inspirational features to information about important new studies.

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