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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

Building Bridges: LGBT Populations; A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems
A product of a meeting held by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services, this report notes that many mental health and substance use problems are more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Additionally, negative misperceptions and discrimination against LGBT people may make it harder for people in these groups to get the same quality of mental health and substance use treatment services available to others. The report identifies factors that promote or get in the way of recovery for LGBT consumers. It also recommends ways to improve these services-and thus chances of recovery-for LGBT people.

Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Lessons from Health Centers (FQHCs)
A product of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, this webinar describes a project in which 11 community health centers across the Nation made changes to improve integration of mental health and substance use services into the primary care services they provide. The webinar begins with a project overview, which is followed by presentations from two of the participating health centers, one in Massachusetts and the other in Oregon. It identifies tools developed in the course of this project, which may be useful to other community health centers. Webinar materials and other archived webinars are available at

Peer Support in Behavioral Health and Its Emerging Practice Standards
This Recovery to Practice Webinar is part of a 5-year project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help implement findings of peer support research. As the field has grown, so too has the need for practice standards to ensure that recovery-oriented practices can be successfully implemented and become central components of all recovery programs. Presenters review the role of peer support, provide an update to the developing curriculum for peer supporters, and discuss the process of creating peer support standards and the implications these will have under the Affordable Care Act. The Webinar also includes discussion of a successful peer support program and a personal recovery story demonstrating the value of peer support.

National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters
The InterNational Association of Peer Supporters used input from more than 1,000 peer supporters provided via surveys and focus groups to develop this guide. The guide identifies 12 core values and describes ethical and practice guidelines for peer support practice based upon the foundation of these core values. It also covers standards of peer support and the development of the peer support workforce. There is a glossary of key terms at the end of the guide to serve as a reference for peer support specialists.

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.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Discussion Guide
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed this discussion guide as part of its Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health. The discussion guide, a tool for use in holding community conversation meetings about mental health, includes discussion questions; tips for group facilitators, including help with how to respond to group participants; and a section on community solutions.

Mental Health First Aid Rural Quick Start Guide
The Mental Health First Aid Rural Quick Start Guide describes the Mental Health First Aid course offered through the National Council for Behavioral Health. The course offers basic materials to help people who are not psychologists, psychiatrists, or other kinds of doctors to understand and assist people who are in crisis or showing symptoms of a mental or substance use disorder. The guide outlines how to use the course to bring community members together, with tips on whom to invite to trainings, identifying an instructor, and managing training costs, as well as an explanation of why Mental Health First Aid is important to rural communities.

Stories of Hope and Recovery
The Stories of Hope and Recovery section of the newly launched Web site offers a variety of brief video clips from individuals with lived experience who share their mental health recovery stories and from others who have been affected by mental health disorders. People in these clips include well-known singers Cher and Demi Lovato, sports commentator John Saunders, actress Glenn Close, and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.

A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care
This guide details a framework for implementing recovery-oriented care in a clinical setting. It discusses the recovery movement, shows practitioners what recovery can look like when utilized everyday in clinical practice, and includes guidance on policies and structures that work.

Building Communities of Recovery: How Community-Based Partnerships and Recovery Support Organizations Make Recovery Work
Communities throughout the country are working together more and more to provide recovery support to people with mental and substance use disorders. This free Recovery Month Webcast discusses ways communities have been striving to change and become more inclusive of people in recovery.

The Roadmap to Reduce Disparities: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
This six-step guide, created by Finding Answers, provides an outline for healthcare organizations to help them in decreasing inequality within the healthcare system. These steps, which encourage organizations to make a connection between quality and equality and identify ways for implementing change, each involve a different aspect of addressing disparities.

The Recovery Institute
The Recovery Institute is a Community Care Behavioral Health Organization project that works in collaboration with Dr. Pat Deegan and others to have recovery-oriented services at all levels of Pennsylvania's mental health system. This project seeks to implement this in 36 Pennsylvania counties through consultation, training, online information and resources for providers, and involvement of individuals with lived experience as advisors and peer specialists at all levels of the project.

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher talks about hope and recovery
In this 10-minute interview, psychiatrist Daniel Fisher, Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, describes what recovery can mean for someone with a mental disorder and the roles that hope, love, and support play in one's recovery. He describes recovery as having a full life in one's community, one where an individual feels that his or her life is worth living. Dr. Fisher also describes the impact that support from loved ones had on his own recovery journey.

What is "people first" language?
Language can have a big impact on how things are interpreted and internalized, by individuals and by society as a whole. It has the potential to offend and also, empower and convey respect. This AskEARN fact sheet on "people first" language lists some of the negative language to be avoided and more appropriate language to use when referring to individuals with disabilities, including people with mental health issues.

WRAP® for everyday lives - Webinar recording and PowerPoint slides
This Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Webinar explores the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) approach to managing mental health issues. The webinar describes ways WRAP embraces individuals' uniqueness and encourages self-determination, while helping people progress in their recovery journeys. It also discusses the key role of personal responsibility and the importance of understanding and recognizing one's triggers.

Strategic advantage of diversity
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) fact sheet outlines some key benefits of diversity within the workplace. It focuses on one's disability as adding to a diverse work environment and the benefits of workplace inclusion, which include job satisfaction and loyalty to a company. The brief 1-minute video included on this page also highlights benefits of diversity in the workplace.

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.

Speaking of hope
This 12-minute film was developed by the Transformation Center, a 2010 SAMHSA ADS Center Campaign for Social Inclusion awardee. In this film, individuals in recovery from mental health and substance use issues share their experiences of triumph, reaffirming the idea that recovery is real. Young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults are showcased in this film, each representing various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Their unique perspectives and experiences address local needs and attitudes toward mental health and addiction recovery issues.

Shining stars - young adults in recovery
This documentary was created by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc., one of the SAMHSA ADS Center's 2010 Campaign for Social Inclusion awardees. Shining Stars is a 17-minute, culturally sensitive, educational documentary featuring the recovery stories of four young adults with mental health and substance use issues. The four young adults share their recovery journeys, which include experiences of loss, trauma, and other struggles. While sharing their stories, each "shining star" describes the hope he or she has for continuing on the path of recovery.

Homelessness and substance use disorder treatment: Recovery-oriented housing and achieving healthy lifestyles
This 2010 SAMHSA Webcast recognizes the complex relationship between homelessness and mental and substance use disorders and explores the connection between homelessness and the treatment of substance use disorders from a program and policy view. Also, it examines some of the issues of permanent supportive housing and methods of recovery support that help people achieve healthy lives and long-term recovery.

Mental Health Matters: Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Mental Health Matters is a public access television show that highlights various mental health issues. This episode discusses Crisis Intervention Training which is designed to increase police officers' understanding of and ability to effectively interact with an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The benefits of this training are discussed in interviews with a police officer, a family member, and a person in recovery.

Implementing evidence-based practices in mental health
This guidebook was designed to help community behavioral healthcare organizations implement evidence-based treatment approaches in their organization-approaches that have been scientifically shown to improve outcomes for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. This book, which describes the real-life experiences of a community support and treatment services organization in Washtenaw County in Michigan, outlines key strategies in a how-to format to assist organizations in making the organizational changes needed to implement evidence-based practices, including developing work plans and implementing and maintaining evidence-based practices.

Hospital diversion services: A manual on assisting in the development of a respite/diversion service in your area
Hospital diversion services have been shown to help address the issue of often overwhelmed and overcrowded hospitals while also providing consumers with unique peer-to-peer relationships to support them during an emotional crisis. This manual provides guidance to anyone looking to develop a local respite/diversion service. It describes vital components of a hospital diversion service including a basic design; how to go about staffing, budget, and funding; and a sample menu of services.

Sick on the job? Myths and realities about mental health and work
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fact sheet presents data relevant to many of the misconceptions about mental health and employment. Productivity within the workplace as well as the role of quality treatment on improving employment outcomes is discussed. This OECD fact sheet also provides a list of ways that policy can help create a more inclusive job market for people with mental health problems.

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.

Mental Health Matters-Mask Healing
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, a program which can be viewed online, a local activist describes how she uses an art therapy mask-making workshop to engage and empower individuals in recovery. Guests featured in this episode describe how both the creation of their mask and discussing the mask they created have been used as a form of self-expression and as a useful tool in their recovery journey.

A provider's guide to promoting economic self-sufficiency: A recovery-oriented approach
This blog post describes a guide that supports providers as they implement a recovery-oriented approach that encourages economic independence among individuals with mental and substance use disorders. The guide provides tools and techniques for guiding conversations on life goals, dreams, and financial hopes; evaluating one's ability to become self-sufficient financially; helping people develop plans for reaching their goals; and increasing individuals' understanding of economic independence and connecting with local resources.

WE can save campaign participant workbook: A workbook for people in recovery seeking economic self-sufficiency
This blog post provides information about a workbook that serves as a resource for people in recovery and providers looking to support individuals recovering from mental and substance use disorders. The workbook shares stories of recovery and consumers' own accounts of financial self-sufficiency, and it describes tools to help people with mental and substance use disorders to develop independence and financial skills and create an action plan for their lives.

A Promise to Myself: Passport to Self-Love
This unique smoking cessation guide emphasizes the importance of self-love as a means of maintaining and nurturing one's wellness and as a foundation for stopping smoking. It includes a number of activities for readers to complete on the topic of loving oneself, ending a relationship with cigarettes, and celebrating and rewarding oneself for accomplishing milestones associated with stopping smoking. There are also a number of positive, encouraging quotes included thoughout this guide.

Developing a Local Time Dollars Program
This section of the Community Tool Box toolkit provides information and guidance on developing a Time Dollars program. With this approach volunteers earn "time dollars" through time spent providing service and use those dollars to "buy" service needed or, by donating "dollars", volunteers help ensure that others in need will get the support they need. This section also describes reasons for creating a Time Dollars program and gives real world examples of instances where this type of program has been successful. This section also explores who would develop a Time Dollars program.

Nuts and Bolts: A Technical Assistance Guide for Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Self-Help Groups
Individuals leading consumer/survivor-run organizations provide recommendations to others who want to develop their own organizations. This guide offers suggestions on a broad range of topics including developing a project plan, dealing with outside organizations including the media and the community, coalition building, quality assurance, group decisionmaking, and sustaining projects.

Homelessness and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Recovery-Oriented Housing Achieving Healthy Lifestyles (Audio DVD)
This DVD explores the connection between homelessness and substance use treatment from both a program and policy point of view. Key factors associated with these two issues are also explored, including permanent supportive housing, treatment methods, and recovery support systems.

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.

Self-advocacy and health care for older adults with mental illnesses
This toolkit provides information on the importance of self-advocacy for older adults with behavioral health problems. It provides tips for communicating with healthcare professionals and highlights the value of following up to ensure effective care.

Are You in Recovery From Alcohol or Drug Problems?: Know your Rights
This brochure was developed to help individuals in recovery from substance use problems know their rights under federal laws, understand the legal consequences of substance use-related conduct, and to learn what to do to overcome barriers. Specific topics addressed include information on discrimination laws as they relates to housing, employment/job training, education, past convictions for substance offenses, and government services/programs. This document also provides contact information for Federal agencies that accept complaints of disability-based discrimination.

Implementing Healthcare Reform: First Steps to Transforming Your Organization, A Practical Guide for Leaders
The guide is meant to serve as a starting point for addiction treatment agencies that need further understanding of the 2010 healthcare reform legislation and what it means for their agency's practices and policies. This guide suggests that in order for agencies to succeed and capitalize on the opportunities created by reform, they will need to: Recognize the need to transform; Educate all levels of staff; Assess organizations' strengths and weaknesses; Strategically plan and implement transformation; Create partnerships with primary health entities; and Assess changes and adjust as needed. In addition to these recommendations this guide also offers information on the role of prevention as healthcare continues to evolve, reading materials, and tips on how advocacy can help with this transition.

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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.