Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits
WHO QualityRights Tool Kit
This tool kit was created based on discussions during the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It contains tools and information on how to assess and improve the quality of care and protection of human rights within mental health and social care facilities. It includes interview tools, observation tools, and both individual facility and countrywide assessment reports.
Building Partnerships: Conversations with LGBTQ Youth about Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths
This resource discusses mental health needs and unique requirements that providers and policymakers need to address for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and/or questioning. This publication outlines findings from a project that engaged a spectrum of underserved populations in California to gain community perspectives as to what the mental health system could do to more effectively reach out to them. The publication includes direct quotes and considerations gathered from project participants.
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.
Vote. It's Your Right. A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities
This guide discusses the legal rights and barriers to voting for people with mental health problems. While much of this document is geared toward lawyers, it also contains useful information for individuals, families, and advocates looking to better understand key details of exercising one's right to vote.
The OECD Mental Health and Work Project
This webpage focuses on the Mental Health and Work Project run by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international organization working to promote economic and social well-being for people around the world. The project looks specifically at mental health and the workplace and gathers statistics from various countries regarding the impact mental health issues can have on measures of employment success, such as one's ability to retain a job, reenter the workforce, and advance in his or her career. The project reports on these statistics for various countries, the impact of policies, and successful models of integration and support.
Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Care for Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions
In the second edition of the practice guidelines developed by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the department further outlines and builds upon the steps they have been taking to create a recovery-oriented healthcare system in Connecticut. This system utilizes State-required Individualized Recovery Planning as a means to involve both individuals and their families in the recovery process and to ensure practitioners are being sensitive and attentive to each individual's needs and strengths. This type of planning emphasizes and utilizes the ability of individuals to make informed decisions regarding their own personal health and wellness.
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
Based on a 2008 study of barriers to evaluating behavioral health practices in rural areas, this document highlights the importance of gathering and using data to improve programs, proving the effectiveness of services, and finding funding to enable continuation of programs. The document discusses the shift toward evidence-based practices (EBPs) in the behavioral health field and its effect on consumers, providers, researchers, and policymakers, as well as adaptation of EBPs to rural areas. This manual identifies innovative rural programs that may become EBPs and suggests steps and tools that existing organizations may use to improve their effectiveness. Key organizational issues discussed include staff hours, expertise, funding, and understanding of practices in addition to accessibility, availability, and acceptability for the individuals they serve.
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.
Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare
Coordinated care is becoming increasingly important as providers of physical and mental health care and policy makers recognize its value in improving health outcomes. The framework was developed as a guide to assist primary and behavioral healthcare provider organizations in assessing where they are in the process of achieving integration of care and in determining how to move ahead with this process to achieve positive outcomes as they plan and implement effective, coordinated treatment. This Web page provides access to the full report, a PowerPoint or PDF outline that describes the elements of this framework and measures to achieve them, and an 8-minute video on the framework.
DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius 2013 National Council Conference
In her speech at the 2013 National Council Conference, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses healthcare changes due to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act.
Stories of recovery: Sally Zinman
In this Stories of Recovery video, Sally Zinman, an advocate within the mental health consumer/survivor movement for over 30 years, describes her experiences of being abused while in treatment for her mental health issues. She discusses how these experiences changed her life and led to a life of advocacy work in the recovery movement to improve treatment conditions and to stop forced treatment and abuse of individuals in treatment for their mental disorders. Zinman also shares details of what helped her in her own recovery journey, including reading, reconnecting with nature through organic farming, and focusing on doing healthy things to strengthen her body and mind.
Mental health works: Maine State government participates in depression screening and work-focused intervention
Mental Health Works is a quarterly publication produced by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association. This issue focuses on Maine's use of depression screening and work-focused intervention to improve the mental health of its employees. These employees have benefited from their State government's participation in the Work and Health Initiative care program pilot study, which includes different supports like work-focused counseling. In addition to Maine's recent efforts, this issue explores the efforts of others, like the Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, in engaging employees and providing resources for them to address mental disorders. This issue also examines the exclusion of mental health treatment from employers' health insurance coverage.
Mental health matters: Expanded forced treatment
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, guests discuss the rights of individuals with mental disorders and the importance of choice and self-determination in improving wellness and recovery. The guests for this episode are Khatera Aslami, Executive Director of P.E.E.R.S., and Sally Zinman, a consumer movement pioneer and editor of the book Reaching Across: Mental Health Clients Helping Each Other. Aslami and Zinman describe the harm of forced treatment and forced medication on people in recovery, the community, and therapeutic relationships. They also discuss the California State law AB 1421, which allows counties to utilize forced outpatient treatment for people with mental disorders, and its role in the perpetuation of the myth that individuals with mental disorders are violent. P.E.E.R.S. has posted an AB 1421 position paper and a discussion of AB 1569, which would extend AB 1421 until 2019, to this Web page: http://www.peersnet.org/sites/default/files/PEERS-position-AB1421.pdf.
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.
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, poverty, and development: Mental health core to development
This fact sheet shares information on connections between mental disorders and poverty through global data, charts, and other visuals. It describes the links between poverty and mental health as cyclical, with poverty heightening one's risk of mental disorders and having a mental disorder increasing one's chances of becoming poor. Also, it discusses the need for national and international agendas to address improving mental health and reducing poverty.
Mental Health and Housing
This program, which can be viewed online, explores housing issues for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Episode 1 features a woman sharing her experience with homelessness and mental disorders. In Episode 2, a woman who is a housing provider and a man who is an advocate and policymaker discuss the housing issues of people with mental disorders.
Developing a State Interagency Council on Homelessness: A Step-by-Step Guide
This guide provides steps in how to develop a state council on homelessness. In addition to these steps, benefits, functions, activities, along with some features of a successful council are shared in this guide.
Recovery Advocacy Toolkit: Engaging Your Community
This toolkit highlights the benefits that recovery from addiction can have on a community. It goes on to describe ways community involvement in advocacy can enhance public perceptions of recovery and promote effective public policy. This toolkit provides action steps for community members based on their different roles in the community. Educators, faith community members, community coalitions, families, government/public officials, criminal justice professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals, local media outlets, and addiction treatment providers are all provided with specific steps that will help in engaging and guiding the community toward effective and positive attitudes toward recovery.
Stepping Stones To Recovery: A Case Manager's Manual for Assisting Adults Who Are Homeless, with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Applications
The purpose of this manual is to help individuals, specifically case managers, assist homeless people with behavioral health problems in applying for Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs. This manual highlights many of the eligibility and documentation requirements, with the goal of facilitating the application process and reducing the need for appeals. It is a useful tool for anyone applying for SSA disability programs.To access or download this manual, click on the Training Curricula tab on the SOAR Resource Library page.
Supported Employment Evidence Based Practices KIT
This KIT offers standards on supported employment for individuals with severe behavioral health problems and promotes the idea that people with serious behavioral health conditions can participate fully in the workforce. It includes information on how to get started with evidence-based practice, national resources for consumers and families, and instruments to assess cultural competence.
WHO resource book on mental health, human rights and legislation
This book from the World Health Organization highlights the issues and principles behind good behavioral health and human rights legislation. It is meant to serve as a resource to countries as they draft and adopt the legislation but is also a valuable resource for stakeholders such as advocacy groups and health professionals.
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.
What you need to know...Primary care outreach
This fact sheet tells you all you need to know about patients with depression and anxiety disorders and their primary care. One of the goals of the Campaign is to improve the manner in which mental illnesses are detected and treated in primary care settings.
A mentally healthy workforce: It's good for business
This booklet provides assistance to employers and companies who are interested in changing the workplace from a mentally unhealthy environment to a healthy one.
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.
Housing for persons with a serious and persistent mental illness
A fact sheet describing some of the challenges faced by communities and key factors to consider while developing safe housing for individuals with severe behavioral health problems.
Filing an ADA employment discrimination charge: 'Making it work for you'
This guidebook provides information about how the ADA employment discrimination administrative charge process works and what has happened when individuals with psychiatric disabilities have filed administrative claims of employment discrimination. It explains, through discussion and examples, when, where, and how to file a charge.
Timothy's Law talking points
This fact sheet summarizes the basics of Timothy's Law and makes the argument for parity. This sheet can be used to educate others about the importance of parity for individuals, families, and businesses.
What "fair housing" means for people with disabilities
This booklet explains in plain language how three Federal laws protect the housing rights of people with mental or physical disabilities.
A toolkit developed to provide information to help the public mental heath community meet the housing needs of people with behavioral health problems.
Guidelines for non-handicapping language in APA journals: Committee on disabilities issues in psychology
This fact sheet provides guidelines for the use of appropriate language regarding people with disabilities.
Black women and mental health
A brief article that addresses mental health and Black women in the U.S. It provides an array of information including information on attitudes towards mental health and suggestions for improvement.
Employment scenarios: What would you do?
This Web page outlines three examples of mental health issues in the workplace, and provides appropriate responses about how to address them. It also provides links to appropriate resources.
Accommodation and compliance series: Employees with psychiatric impairments
JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine
effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and
provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and
resources for additional information.
Seizing the moment: Using HUD's Consolidated Plan to identify affordable housing opportunities for homeless people with severe mental illnesses
This guidebook details information and approaches designed to help mental health and homeless communities participate in the Consolidated Plan process, a long-term housing plan used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine access to funding for Federal housing.
Americans with Disabilities Act: A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment
This brochure provides a guide for individuals with mental illnesses, specifically answering questions about employment rights under the ADA.
Building community support for housing: Ten tips on how to win support for your affordable housing projects
A brief fact sheet highlighting tips of what goes into a successful community outreach campaign for an affordable housing project.
A guide to disability rights laws
This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. It also provides the contact information for agencies and organizations that can be of assistance.