Alternatives 2013 Scholarships Available, July 22 Deadline to Apply!

Dear Friend,
Alternatives is the premier national mental health conference organized by and for those in the mental health consumer/survivor/peer recovery movement. Alternatives 2013 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas, from Wednesday, December 4, to Saturday, December 7, 2013. The theme of Alternatives 2013 reflects the importance of valuing each individual as we build inclusive communities. Alternatives 2013 will serve as a catalyst for reenergizing communities by providing opportunities to share skills and information about innovative peer-delivered supports, community-building initiatives, mental health recovery, wellness, and systems change.

The CAFÉ TA Center would like to let you know about scholarships that are currently available from SAMHSA that can make it possible for you to attend. In order to apply for this scholarship you must be a mental health consumer and a United States citizen. You will also need to obtain a letter or recommendation. The deadline for this opportunity is next Monday, July 22nd!

Information about this scholarship opportunity can be found on the Alternatives 2013 website at For general information on Alternatives 2013, visit

Because of new rule changes at SAMHSA, The CAFÉ TA Center is not permitted to directly fund the participation of consumers in Alternatives 2013. So if you are interested in attending, make sure to apply for a scholarship before next week’s deadline!


The CAFÉ TA Center

PS For more News and Notes, see below!


Two Emotional CPR (eCPR) Certification Trainings -

Two emotional CPR certification trainings are open for registration. The two-day trainings will be on:
September 9-10, 2013 in Kerhonkson, NY before the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (NYAPRS) Conference, and December 2-3, 2013 in Austin, TX prior to the Alternatives Conference.

Through a combination of presentation, interactive discussions, and dynamic role-plays, trainees will learn about and practice the key concepts involved in effectively supporting a person through an emotional crisis and into healing. eCPR training is appropriate for the general public, peer and other service providers, family members, administrators, and others; no previous training is necessary.
Please take advantage of one of these exciting opportunities today! "Early bird" registration discounts apply.
Click here for details and registration information for the pre-NYAPRS Conference eCPR training on September 9-10, 2013. 
Click here for details and registration information for the pre-Alternatives Conference eCPR training on December 2-3, 2013.    


Hiring Peer Support Counselors: A Bold Innovation to Enhance Access to Mental Healthcare in Rural America

This article outlines how peer support can be a key in meeting the challenges of serving people with mental health needs in rural communities. 
Check it out here.

Free Webinar: Peer Specialists Promoting Community Reintegration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities Returning Home from Jail or Prison

August 8, 2013 / 2:00 - 3:30 PM

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, in cooperation with the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, invites your participation in a webinar on August 8, 2013.

It is the fifth event in our popular webinar series on the varied roles peer specialists can play in promoting greater participation in the everyday community life of the individuals they serve. August's presentation will focus on the role peer specialists can play in assisting individuals with mental health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system.

The webinar will begin with an introduction by Richard Baron, Director of Knowledge Translation for the Temple University Collaborative. The featured speakers include:

  • LaVerne Miller/Policy Research Associates
  • Laurie Schultz/Peerstar, LLC
  • James Kimmel/Peerstar, LLC

We will then turn to a broader discussion among the participants on the call. August's webinar invites participation of webinar attendees, asking each of you to share your experiences, comments, or questions concerning individuals with mental health conditions who also have had criminal justice involvement. Contact Richard Baron to participate:

To register for the seminar, go to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the webinar. I hope you can join us!


Most US health spending is exploding - but not for mental health

This article from The New York Times examines the relationship between general spending on healthcare and spending in mental health. Why isn't mental health spending growing as quickly as healthcare spending as a whole?
Read the full article here.

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