Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency
Pennsylvania?s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has been working over the past decade to ensure that individuals have access to mental health and substance use treatment services that promote personal growth, recovery, and social inclusion and are culturally competent. They believe individuals should be able to have lives as fulfilling as those of their peers, and they have a number of statewide initiatives to work toward this goal. In hopes of spreading this message and helping other States to follow their model, OMHSAS outlines their guiding principles and offers several other resources on their Web site including newsletters, trainings, links to services and directives, and also a glossary of acronyms related to mental health and substance use treatment.
Rural Health Research Gateway
This federally funded program run by the University of North Dakota is dedicated to creating and disseminating research which addresses healthcare gaps in rural areas. In doing so, they hope to shape policy to better provide more adequate, consistent, affordable, and effective healthcare services to rural underserved communities.
MentalHealth.gov is a Web site created to serve as a hub of U.S. Government information on mental health and substance use conditions. The site is intended for people seeking help with mental health and substance use problems, their loved ones, schools, communities, and other groups. For people seeking help, it features information on participating in treatment decisions, finding a peer group, and developing a recovery plan. It also includes information for educators and others who work with children and youth on taking an approach to mental health promotion based on strengths and resilience. The site offers tools for starting a conversation in your community about mental health issues. Also available are videotaped stories about recovery.
Grassroots Empowerment Project, Inc. (GEP)
The Grassroots Empowerment Project is a statewide, consumer-run nonprofit organization in Wisconsin that provides information and assistance to 12 consumer-run organizations across its State and to individuals promoting recovery. Their services include hosting an annual educational consumer conference, offering an online newsletter, providing education and technical assistance, and training consumers/survivors who want to become peer specialists.
Project Return Peer Support Network
This peer-run network encourages wellness, self-determination, and personal growth for individuals with mental disorders through a broad range of programs and services. The Community Integration Program helps individuals successfully transition back to their community following hospitalization.The warm line and self-help groups offer support to individuals with mental disorders. The Project Return Peer Support Network provides social opportunities and opportunities for educational and community-oriented involvement.
Sowing the Seeds of Hope
Sowing the Seeds of Hope (SSoH) was designed and initiated in 1999 by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. Today, it is a collaborative effort of project leaders in seven predominantly rural States: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The federally funded campaign is administered by AgriWellness, Inc. and coordinated through a different group in each State (e.g., mental health coalition, religious organization).
WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Center is one of eight Rural Health Research Centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy. The mission of the WICHE Mental Health program is twofold: 1) to assist states in improving systems of care for mental health consumers and their families; and 2) to advance the preparation of a qualified mental health workforce in the West.
National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) is a professional organization that serves the field of rural mental health. NARMH?s membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community: consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers.
National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health for users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. It has an array of publications available to the public at no-cost.
Project Relate, an advertising and public service campaign serving Nebraska, was launched on April 7, 2004. Developed through the cooperative efforts of Nebraska mental health service providers, advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations, the campaign aims to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of people with mental illnesses with their message ?You are not alone.? In addition to addressing negative misconceptions and providing mental health education, Project Relate operates a clearinghouse of mental health resources for the entire State.