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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

What Health Providers and Organizations Need to Know About Wellness
A product of the Wellness Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this fact sheet makes the case for the importance of the initiative, which focuses on wellness to reduce the high rate of preventable early death due to physical health problems among people with mental health and substance use problems. The fact sheet presents details of the issue, including high rates of chronic medical conditions among people with mental health and substance use problems, medication and lifestyle issues that may lead to or worsen physical health problems, and lack of social inclusion as contributing to health problems. It also explains the goals of the Wellness Initiative, lists ways that providers and organizations have promoted wellness, and identifies additional resources providers can use to promote wellness.

Resources for the New Integrated Healthcare Workforce
As healthcare facilities integrate primary care and behavioral healthcare services, many new roles and skills will be required of the workforce within these facilities. This webinar presents nine core competencies for staff providing integrated care, discusses how these can be used in recruiting employees and developing employee skills, and presents resources available through SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Find webinar materials along with other archived webinars at

Provided by the organization Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), PEERS TV is an online collection of videos on mental health topics. Videos at PEERS TV include the organization's popular interview series Mental Health Matters, as well as other content produced by PEERS or from other organizations. Topics, which can be viewed in a menu on the right side of the PEERS TV landing page, include empowerment, spirituality, outreach, media, housing, and culture-specific videos.

Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency Tool Kit
Based on consumer feedback, employment and financial self-sufficiency have been shown to be two vital aspects of recovery and social inclusion. As part of the WE Can Work campaign and WE Can Save campaign, the featured curricula on employment and economic self-sufficiency provide useful guidelines, peer-to-peer tips, and model resources run in New York for people with disabilities who wish to enter the workforce and also to save money. Also included is a video that features success stories of peers reentering the workforce.

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.

Choose Work Blog, Ticket to Work
This blog covers a range of topics to support individuals with disabilities as they seek to become contributing members of the workforce, holding jobs, building careers, and gaining financial independence. It includes the Money Mondays entry series, which is posted every other Monday and provides helpful and timely information on managing expenses and debt, taking advantage of Work Incentives, and tips for budgeting and understanding tax returns and credits.

Mental Health Matters: When Therapists Disclose
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, two mental health providers discuss their personal mental health histories, the challenges and successes they have faced, and how they came to their decision to disclose this information to their colleagues and select clients once they became practitioners. They reflect on how disclosure positively shapes their own recovery process, their working relationships, and their overall ability to help others achieve wellness in a supportive environment. Widespread misconceptions that mental health providers lack lived experience and the effects these misconceptions have on client relationships are also discussed.

Ticket to Work -- Find Help Page
This Ticket to Work "Find Help" page is a useful resource for Ticket to Work participants looking to identify service providers by type, location, or services offered. Through this Web page, individuals can enter their zip code and search for different types of providers in their area: State providers, providers across multiple States, employment networks, national providers, and vocational rehabilitation agencies. The Web page explains the types of services offered by each of these types of provider organizations. More detailed information about individual service provider organizations can be found once search results are displayed.

Ticket to Work Success Stories
Ticket to Work video and print productions feature people who have successfully used the Ticket to Work program to achieve gainful employment and financial independence. In this video, Megan Riggs, a woman who has a mental health disorder, shares her experience with Ticket to Work and how it helped her return to work. A recent Ticket Talk podcast, available at, features a "catch up" interview with Megan, who discusses how Ticket to Work and Work Incentives continue to help her progress in her employment.

Ticket to Work
Social Security's Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. The program is free and voluntary and exists specifically to help people who receive disability benefits progress toward financial independence. People ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of a disability can participate in the program. This Web site provides detailed information about the program for Social Security beneficiaries interested in exploring return-to-work opportunities. The Ticket to Work Help Line can be reached by calling 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY).

Employer Tutorial Chapter 4: Strategies
The Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute offers this online employer tutorial with methods for understanding non-obvious disabilities in the workplace. It describes strategies for building a culture of trust to encourage accommodation requests and emphasizes the need for building awareness in recognizing the impact that negative misperceptions can have on people with mental disorders.

Opening Doors to All Candidates: Tips for Ensuring Access for Applicants with Disabilities
This fact sheet provided by the Office of Disability Employment Policy lists tips for employers working with individuals with disabilities. It describes specific do's and don'ts for important workplace issues like communication and accommodation and provides a brief list of resources for employers to reference for additional assistance and guidance.

Fostering Workplace Inclusion
This workplace inclusion guide from the AskEARN Web site offers detailed recommendations for employers, human resources staff, and supervisors in creating a work environment that is fair and accommodates individuals with disabilities. This guide includes information on training options, ways of getting feedback from staff, and strategies for enhancing policies to create a work environment that supports all employees, including those who have disabilities, in working to their full potential.

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.

Employer case examples
This resource provided through the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a place where employers can come to learn from one another about practical ways of advancing mental health in the workplace. Through this Web page, individuals can view employer profiles where employers share information on their companies, including total number of employees, region, a description of the mental health challenges needing to be addressed, and ways they have worked to resolve these challenges. Visitors to this Web page can also share stories of what their company is doing to advance mental health.

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 works: A host of employer resources at your fingertips
This Partnership for Workplace Mental Health quarterly issue of Mental Health Works provides resources for employers. This issue explores bullying in the workplace, stress in America, developing a foundation for workforce resiliency, and managing the risks of violence in the workplace. Current data on these specific topics are charted throughout this booklet, and detailed recommendations for employers are provided.

Mental health matters: BestNow! and consumer employment
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, the program coordinator and a program graduate describe the BestNow! program. This program trains peer specialists to become more active and productive in their communities, to expand on their current skills, and to encourage participants in their own vocational development.

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.

We can work: The employment tool for people with psychiatric disabilities in New York State
The We Can Work campaign seeks to empower people with mental disorders to successfully explore and secure meaningful employment through shared success stories and by providing resources. This tool provided by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services helps to address the disproportionate rates of unemployment and low income among individuals with mental disorders. It includes a number of fact sheets from the peer perspective about where to begin the process of returning to the workforce, work incentives, employment resources, information on disclosure and reasonable accommodations, and tips on identifying peer support for employment.

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.

Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
This information page from the Job Accomodation Network (JAN) website is made up of links which provide general information on various conditions and some possible accomodations employers could provide for individuals with these conditions. Resource organizations to assist in providing proper accomodations are also available through this page.

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.

TBI, PTSD & Employment: An Online Training Tool for Employers, Supervisors & Hiring Managers
The purpose of this training tool is to educate human resource professionals and employers about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The training explains how these injuries may impact employment, and the significant role that employment can play in the recovery of wounded military service members. This training includes clinical information about TBI and PTSD and links to additional resources.

Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts (2nd Edition)
This publication discusses research that explores determinants of health standards in modern society and highlights key components of this research in the context of public policy. The publication explains how psychological and social factors influence health and longevity. It focuses on 10 main topics including the importance of health determinants in childhood, and the effects of working conditions, social support, and unemployment.

Shift's line managers' resource
This web-based guide, designed by Shift, offers a variety of resources about managing and supporting personnel with behavioral health problems. The guide includes a series of short videos, case studies, and other materials for employers, employees, and job seekers.

Workplaces that thrive: A resource for creating mental health friendly work environments
This toolkit developed by SAMHSA contains information and tools for human resource personnel and managers to use in developing a mental health friendly workplace.

A mental health friendly workplace: It's in every company's best interest
This booklet developed by SAMHSA invites business leaders to take a serious look at the role of their employees' mental health and how it relates to both their well-being and the bottom line.

Disclosing your disability to an employer
This fact sheet discusses the disclosure of ones' disability to an employer. Provides information on how to prepare to disclose ones' disablity to an employer, and also when is the best time to disclose your illness.

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.

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.

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. 

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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.