USPRA CEO Dawn Bauman Releases June Report

NYAPRS Note: The United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association has reorganized! New CEO Dawn Bauman and the USPRA Board (with new member Steve Miccio) is working hard to reinvigorate this historic organization that has, since 1975, “developed and defined the practice of psychosocial/ psychiatric rehabilitation, establishing these services as integral to community-based treatment and leading the recovery movement.”  With nearly 1,400 members, USPRA is one of the nation’s preeminent forces in advancing the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery supports. NYAPRS serves as USPRA’s NYS chapter. See below for Dawn’s June report.


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From Dawn M. Bauman, CAE

Chief Executive Officer, USPRA

June 2012


LEVERAGING STRENGTHS: USPRA chapters and affiliates working together to advance the availability and practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.


2012-2013 Board of Directors - At the USPRA Board of Directors meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two new members were welcomed - Liz Smithhart and Steve Miccio. In addition, the USPRA Board of Directors elected the new officers; joining Lisa Razzano, Chair, is Dori Hutchinson, Vice-Chair, Sandy Resnick, Secretary and Roy Starks, Treasurer. A full list of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors is attached.


Advocacy Activity - In May, USPRA joined a coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals to support the Occupational Therapy Mental Health ACT (HR 3762) by signing a letter to Congressman Paul Tonko. HR 3762 is important because it will make occupational therapists eligible for loans and scholarships through the National Health Service Corp [NHSC] as mental health and behavioral health professionals. In particular, occupational therapists can serve a critical role in the recovery process, addressing day-to-day life function issues, such as self-care, faced by persons living with severe mental illnesses.

In June, USPRA joined a coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals by signing a letter to the Center for

Medicaid and Medicare Services encouraging scrutiny of state proposals under Section 2602 to ensure critical protections for dually eligible individuals with mental illness. We support efforts to better integrate and coordinate care for dual eligibles living with serious mental illness and urge action to avoid disruption in coverage and treatment for vulnerable dual eligibles.


Capitol Hill Day - USPRA is joining National Council and Mental Health America for 2012 Capitol Hill Day on June 25-26, 2012 in Washington DC. USPRA members will be asking their legislators to support:

1. The Behavioral Health IT Act which would allow psychiatric rehabilitation centers to participate in grant programs and qualify for financial incentives for meaningful use of electronic health records.

2. The Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 2257) would bolster our nation’s community mental health system, providing new support for integrated and simplified treatment that will improve Americans’ health.

3. Full funding in appropriations for Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

4. Mental Health in Schools Act.


Chapters Representatives- The USPRA Chapter leaders attending the Annual USPRA Conference in Minneapolis, MN had a productive dialogue about working together throughout the USPRA organization to create a meaningful partnership to focus on moving forward the mission of USPRA. I am personally grateful for the warm reception and productive dialogue I enjoyed with so many of you. I look forward to continued candor and productivity. Below is a list to highlight the items we discussed during the meeting:

  • Monthly, chapters will start receiving their membership roster in MS Excel format via email. In addition, I will provide chapter leaders with a brief update on USPRA activities.
  • Chapters are seeking tools to promote the CPRP to prospects and consumers.
  • Chapters are seeking an avenue that will encourage CPRP involvement at the chapter. Chapters may contact Casey Goldberg at anytime to request and receive a list of CPRPs in their state.
  • USPRA is establishing a calendar of chapter events.
  • We will establish communication vehicles to share information from USPRA to chapters and from chapters to USPRA. ACTION: To this end, I am asking each of you to provide our office with the dates for your upcoming events. To make the list manageable, we would like major events and conferences as opposed to board and committee meetings. Please send the event dates to Casey Garner at
  • We spent time generating ideas to structure the chapter representative’s conference calls so they result in a meaningful exchange of information and an opportunity to learn. In the near future, you will receive an email survey asking for your input on meeting days and times and topic ideas for our conference calls.


Data Integrity Project - Beginning in June, an intern working with our management company, Coulter, started working on improving the quality of data in USPRA’s database. We have reached out to all of our members to correct contact information; including email, company, address and phone number. The project has resulted in hundreds of changes to our database. The project is ongoing and is critical to serving our members more effectively and improving our value proposition to members. To continue the process, we need your help. Please review the data lists that we will send you monthly and provide us with changes, corrections and updates. Updates may be sent to Casey Garner at


Please Share - I want to hear from you! Please tell me what is going on in your chapter, agency or community. Let us know what we can do together to be focused, relevant and sustainable. Thank you for your partnership. I look forward to our work together.


2012-13 Board of Directors Updated June 2012

Chair - Lisa Razzano, Ph.D., CPRP

Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry

UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy

1601 West Taylor St., M/C 912, Room 488

Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 413-0323

FAX: (312) 355-0753


Immediate Past Chair - Peter Ashenden

Director for Consumer Affairs

Optum Health Behavioral Solutions

6300 Olson Memorial Highway

Golden Valley, MN 55427

Phone: (708) 749-7396

FAX: (877) 309-8548


Chair-Elect - Lori Ashcraft, Ph.D., CPRP

Executive Director

Recovery Opportunity Center

2701 N 16th Street, #316

Phoenix, AZ 85006-1624

Phone: (602) 636-4458

FAX: (602) 650-1616


Treasurer - Roy Starks, M.A.

Director, Rehabilitation and Recovery

Mental Health Center of Denver

456 Bannock Street

Denver, CO 80210

Phone: (303) 504-1721

FAX: (303) 733-8239


Secretary - Sandra G. Resnick, Ph.D.

Associate Director

VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center

950 Campbell Avenue- NEPEC (182) West Haven, CT 06516 Phone: (203) 932-5711 x5106

FAX: (203) 937-3433


Mary Gregorio, LRC, CRC, CPRP

Center Club Program Director

BayCove Human Services, Inc.

31 Bowker Street

Boston, MA 02114-2917

Phone: (617) 788-1002

FAX: (617) 788-1080


Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D., L.R.C.

Director of Services

BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

940 Commonwealth Avenue West

Boston, MA 02215-1203

Phone: (617) 353-3549

FAX: (617) 353-7700


Nancy Little, M.S., L.C.P.C. Director of Training Thresholds 4101 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL 60613

Phone: (773) 572-5230

Fax: (773) 537-3532



Lew Manges, CRC, CPRP

Deputy Executive Director

Elwyn, Inc.

111 Elwyn Road

Elwyn, PA 19063-4622

Phone: (610) 891-2081

FAX: (610) 891-2443


Steve Miccio

Executive Director


378 Violet Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: (845) 452-2728

FAX: (845) 452-2793


David Pilon, Ph.D., CPRP

President and CEO

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

100 West Broadway, #5010

Los Angeles, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 285-1330 x249

FAX: (562) 263-3395


David Sanders

DHHR Behavioral Health & Health Facilities

350 Capitol Street

Building#: DIAMO Room#:350

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 356-4806

FAX: (304) 342-6090


Liz Smithhart

Adult Services Director of SMI Programs

Magellan Health Services

4801 E. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Phone: (602) 797-8346

FAX: (866) 293-3445


Ex Officio

Mary Alice Brown-Johnston, Ph.D., CPRP

Chair, CPRP Commission

Laurel Hill Center

2145 Centennial Plaza

Eugene, OR 97401-2421

Phone: (541) 984-3109

FAX: (541) 984-3124


Dawn M. Bauman, CAE

Chief Executive Officer


1760 Old Meadow Rd., Suite 500

McLean, VA 22102

Phone: 703-442-2078

FAX: 703-506-3266