The Need for Health Activism in the Criminal Justice System – Huffington Post 3-31-15

It has been said, “The social power to define and categorize another person’s experience is not a power to be ignored.” The health activation movement is alive and well at the 2015 College for Behavioral Health Leadership Conference. Last week, I had the privilege of presenting about health activation with Adam Slosberg, peer specialist and managing director, Beyond Today International. Declaring 2014 the year of the peer health activation has taken center stage for peer training and professional enhancement, in behavioral health and in the criminal justice system.

According to The National Council for Behavioral Health, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training is a peer-led intervention to activate whole health self-management in community mental health centers, federally qualified health homes and Veteran Administration programs. Designed by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center for Integrated Health Solutions, this initiative will assist and intervene with those persons working to activate their health and recovery from mental illness and co-occurring addictive and other medical disorders.

For the full article, “The Need for Health Activism in the Criminal Justice System” published today by the Huffington Post, go to: