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Happy New Year! 2012 marks an important milestone for the behavioral health field. This year, SAMHSA turns 20!

To recognize the progress in prevention, treatment and recovery, SAMHSA wants to highlight the important milestones that have occurred in behavioral health over the past 20 years. SAMHSA is asking for your help! What do you think are some of the most noteworthy accomplishments and changes over the past several years? Your comments and suggestions will be used to help plan a celebration of behavioral health accomplishments over the next year.

Suggestions might include groundbreaking studies, promising practices, important legislation/court decisions, and/or other great strides made by our field.

This forum will close Monday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. EST.

For more information on SAMHSA’s 20th Anniversary check out: http://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/02/06/samhsaturns20

What do you think are some of the most noteworthy accomplishments and changes in the behavioral health field over the past several years?

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  1. Recovery and liberation for people who hear voices takes root in several states as the international Hearing Voices Movement plants seeds.

    In Montgomery County Pennsylvania over 200 people have been trained in approaching hearing voices as an experience that can be understood and worked with in an affirming, recovery oriented way. Hearing Voices Groups have been established for peer support and empowerment. There is a goal of developing a hearing voices network in Montgomery County Pennsylvania that could spawn a statewide network to support voice hearers in thier quest for liberation and recovery and spread education and acceptance in the wider community. Training for voicehearers and their allies seems to be a valuable step as we recognize approaches to living with…

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    • 10 types of peer programs that promote complete mental health recovery

      Here is a list of 10 different peer provided programs that can lead to complete mental health recovery. Let's share ALL of these programs that help promote recovery. http://corinnawest.com/10-model-programs-to-create-complete-mental-health-recovery/ These include: warmlines, peer support centers, respite care, self-directed spending, protests, social inclusion campaigns, emotional CPR, social messaging, peer specialists and harm reduction approaches to coming off medications. Lets ask that 30% of the state mental health block grant is mandated to fund THESE kind of programs.

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      • The distress model to explain both causes and solutions for mental suffering.

        The distress model says that emotional suffering comes from bad stuff that's happened in our lives and not self-care around those events. The disease model says that emotional suffering comes out of the blue, from some unknown physical cause, with no link at all to events in our lives. Both models have the the same solution: Find ways to support yourself through difficulty by finding what gives you Personal Power, what helps you through adversity. Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rootXP-DZl4

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        • Publication by Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization their basic text ADULT CHILDREN ALCOHOLIC/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

          Publication by ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) World Service Organization their basic text ADULT CHILDREN: ALCOHOLIC/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES, and also TWELVE STEPS OF ADULT CHILDREN: STEPS WORKBOOK.

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          • More effective medications, though access to them is a problems for uninsured and underinsurbed people.

            Development of more effective medications, though access to them is problematic for many people because of the high cost and inadequate insurance coverage.

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            • 81 votes
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              • It is my opinion that integrating services to cover mental health, general health, and substance abuse.

                A wholistic approach embosies the true essence of what we do. Clients can feel more comfortable about sharing concerns because clinicians are more apt to refer and recommend treatment for a larger variety of health issues.

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                • Brain disease model

                  1. Legitimizing addiction as a brain disease. 2. A behavioral model that recognizes and equips treatment providers to addrtess co-occurring disorders. 3. More effective early intervention strategies.

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                  • Court ordered Outpatient Treatment

                    In states where Assisted Outpatient Treatment is on the books, but is not implemented enough, it is
                    important to know that Court ordered Outpatient treatment is the other option to keep people safe by
                    giving probate judges the authority to order treatment. Any person or family member can petition
                    the court via a downloadable affidavit as to the condition of a loved one to effect this treatment by
                    whatever measure necessary. Ohio is now working on this important change and along with that
                    prove the enormous amounts of money saved by jail diversion and saving lives. Perhaps state
                    NAMI affiliates…

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                    • The co-occurring disorders. It' been a long time coming! The grants were sucessful!

                      To get APA to list substance addiction as a mental illness in it's fifth edition!!

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                      • 23 votes
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                            • Trauma Informed Care....as it so often does, history is repeating itself.

                              We are once again asking "What has happened to this person?", "What have they experienced that may have contributed to their current situation?"....
                              We are seeking to understand better and to approach clients, coworkers and perhaps society as a whole, with a positive, empathetic and accepting attitude.
                              This is a really wonderful shift!

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                              • Tribal Better Practices

                                Recognizing that Tribes are not the same as counties and allowing us to do what has been working for thousands of years. Culture is Prevention for our Native families!

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                                  • Support for the development of gender-responsive treatment models and content for with addictions

                                    In the early 90s the concept of a specialized model and specific interventions for women with addictions was not only unheard of but actively resisted by many in the field. The pioneering work supported by SAMHSA pregnant and post partum women initiative led the way and made possible further developments across the country.

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                                    • The development of the Health Transitions Initiative. It is showing very positive results in Frederick County, Maryland.

                                      Transition from the child mental health system into the adult mental health system has historically been difficult for transition age youth. This program has shown some very positive results. The challenging that we are trying to address is how to sustain this program beyond the grant through our fee-for-system.

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                                      • The move to evidence-based practice.

                                        Evidence-based Practice.

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                                        • The move to evidence-based practice has been a significant change; however, universities have not embraced this and mental health agencies c

                                          The move to evidence-based practice has been a significant change; however, universities have not embraced this and mental health agencies continue to report barriers to implementing EBP.

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