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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

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Myths and Facts
Created by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, this fact sheet evaluates current justifications for imposing involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) on individuals and discusses how IOC outcomes have looked in practice. Costs and outcomes of IOC are compared to those of peer-run crisis respites, which cost less than a third of what IOC costs per day and have been shown in studies to be as effective as standard care. Other alternatives and their documented outcomes are also discussed, including supportive housing and mobile crisis services. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the National Disability Rights Network also contributed to this fact sheet.

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.

Peer Support in Behavioral Health and Its Emerging Practice Standards
This Recovery to Practice Webinar is part of a 5-year project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help implement findings of peer support research. As the field has grown, so too has the need for practice standards to ensure that recovery-oriented practices can be successfully implemented and become central components of all recovery programs. Presenters review the role of peer support, provide an update to the developing curriculum for peer supporters, and discuss the process of creating peer support standards and the implications these will have under the Affordable Care Act. The Webinar also includes discussion of a successful peer support program and a personal recovery story demonstrating the value of peer support.

Mental Health Reporting Fact Sheets
This fact sheet about the prevention of mental health problems is provided by the University of Washington's School of Social Work. It presents four prevention facts and information on genetic and environmental influences on mental health. It also includes links to additional resources that further explore methods of prevention associated with mental health.

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.

Getting In, Out and Around: Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Community Integration
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities recognizes efforts toward social inclusion, or full inclusion of people with mental health and substance use problems, or past lived experience of these problems, in community life. In this guide, the Collaborative highlights a vital aspect of participation in the community: transportation. Important topics associated with public transportation are discussed, including access and awareness. The guide includes tips for consumers and describes innovative transportation programs.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Planning Guide
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Toolkit for Community Conversations about Mental Health helps people initiate community conversations about mental health and develop community-based solutions. The Planning Guide section explores ways people can begin conversations, raise awareness, and promote access to mental health services in their communities. It can be used as a complement to the Information Brief and Discussion Guide components of the toolkit.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Information Brief
This information brief is part of the Community Conversations About Mental Health Toolkit developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to spur community discussions about mental health and mental disorders; find solutions at the community level for mental health needs, with special focus on young adults; and encourage communities to proceed with solutions that work for them to improve the mental health and overall well-being of all of their members. Through this information brief, people have an opportunity to learn about mental disorders from research and about important decisions related to these disorders to be made at the community level. The brief includes information about types of mental health problems, prevention and treatment approaches, recovery, and the impact of attitudes and beliefs. It can be used as a complement to the Discussion Guide component of the toolkit.

Call to clergy: How to support mental health challenges in your congregation
This Webinar, which took place on October 9, 2012, provides guidance to leaders in different faith communities in providing mental health support to members of their congregations. This presentation explores ways to address mental health within different faiths including African American, Islamic, and Jewish faith communities. It outlines general statistics of the percentage of adults in the U.S. with different mental disorders, describes the basics of the mental health first aid approach, and discusses what recovery from a mental disorder can mean. Both the recording and the presentation are available on the National Council for Behavioral Health's Web site:

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.

Higher education support toolkit
This toolkit serves as a guide for university staff to assist them in working effectively to support college students who have mental health problems. It includes free downloadable worksheets on how to connect with resources on campus, a self-assessment for students, and information on accommodations in college classes.

Inside outside: Building a meaningful life after the hospital
This film explores the lives of eight individuals who successfully made the transition from being institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals to living in the community. Throughout the film, these individuals share some of the challenges faced during their transition back into the community and some of the experiences and resources that helped empower them throughout their journeys. This film is appropriate for people in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term residential treatment facilities. It also may be interesting and educational for family members, providers, and advocates.

Developing a Local Time Dollars Program
This section of the Community Tool Box toolkit provides information and guidance on developing a Time Dollars program. With this approach volunteers earn "time dollars" through time spent providing service and use those dollars to "buy" service needed or, by donating "dollars", volunteers help ensure that others in need will get the support they need. This section also describes reasons for creating a Time Dollars program and gives real world examples of instances where this type of program has been successful. This section also explores who would develop a Time Dollars program.

Starting a Self-Help/Advocacy Group
This guide provides a basic introduction to the steps needed to start a self-help/advocacy group. It suggests some first steps to this process such as conducting research and soliciting help, and provides some tips on meeting ideas and facilitating large meetings. It also describes the roles and effectiveness of self-help/advocacy groups and the roles of family, friends, and professionals in consumer-run self-help groups.

SAMHSA Consumer-Operated Evidence-Based Practice KIT
This guide provides tools for developing mental health services which are owned and run by people in recovery. The guide, whose recommendations are rooted in evidence-based practices, provides detailed recommendations on implementing evidence-based practices, what it takes to build and evaluate a program, staff and volunteer training, and using multimedia to introduce consumer-operated services.

The Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box is a resource that provides practical tools and information for building a healthy community. Through the Community Tool Box website, individuals can access toolkits to help with becoming more engaged in community work, a troubleshooting guide to help with problem solving, and a section dedicated to connecting people to evidence-based practices.

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.

The World Health Organization's Mental Health Page
The World Health Organization (WHO) mental health page contains a wide array of WHO behavioral health resources, including guidance for advocates, information for researchers, fact sheets, speeches, statements, and publications on a variety of topics related to behavioral health.

Certified peer specialist training program descriptions
Behavioral health consumers who are interested in becoming certified peer specialists will find this reference helpful. The document, compiled in 2006, describes certification programs in Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Directory of statewide consumer-run organizations
This directory provides contact information for and links to consumer-run organizations. These organizations can provide information about consumer-run programs and services in your State.

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.

SAFE program: Mental health facts for families
This online manual was developed by Dr. Michelle D. Sherman, Director of the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Facilities use this manual to conduct an 18-session education program for the family members of those with posttraumatic stress disorder or behavioral health problems. Mental health professionals facilitate the sessions. A representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness also attends. The manual includes information, discussion questions, and handouts for each session.

Understanding military culture
This online course, created by the National Center for PTSD, is designed for clinicians. The course is a 1-hour audio and slide presentation to help viewers understand military culture. The author, Dr. Patricia J. Watson, provides an overview of military demographics and organizational structure and describes the stressors military personnel experience. She also describes two programs to help service members prevent and manage combat and operational stress: Army Battlemind and Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Continuum.

Post deployment stress: What families should know, what families can do
The RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research conducted literature reviews, solicited expert feedback, and facilitated focus groups to create two booklets related to post-deployment stress. This booklet addresses the concerns of those who have a family member returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the other addresses the concerns of service members themselves. Both booklets include information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that returning service members may face.

Post deployment stress: What you should know, what you can do
The RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research conducted literature reviews, solicited expert feedback, and facilitated focus groups to create two booklets related to post-deployment stress. This booklet addresses the concerns of service members returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the other addresses the concerns of their family members. Both booklets include information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that returning service members may face.

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 New Hampshire Guide to Mental Health and Healthy Aging for Older Adults and Caregivers
This guidebook was written for older adults with mental health concerns or mental illnesses, and their caregivers and family members. Living with mental health problems can be challenging, and as an individual grows older, further health issues are often encountered. Some references are specific to New Hampshire resources, but the overall themes can be applied universally.

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.

Talking About Mental Illness
This is a program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital in Canada. Featuring both a teacher's guide and a community guide for working with youth, the program aims to provide education about mental illness and combat the negative misconceptions that often surround it. It is based on the experiences of three communities and how they worked to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues while also promoting social inclusion of people who experience such issues.

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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.