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:
Exploring Missouri’s Behavioral Health Homes: Innovations and Cultural Shift
March 23, 2015
Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This dynamic one-day event is being offered by ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership immediately preceding the 2015 ACMHA Summit – Healthy Behavior: Literacy and Activation the Gateway to the Future of Health (March 24 – 26, 2015). Registration is limited to 30 participants and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not complete unless accompanied by payment.
Experience Missouri’s journey as the first in the nation to create a health home initiative. During the day, you will:
- Learn how Missouri implemented and sustained the initiative,
- Hear from the people who helped to shepherd this idea into reality, and
- Visit an innovative health home and dialogue with staff.
You will begin your day at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch with a learning experience led by Rachelle Glavin, Director of Clinical Operations, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health; Natalie Fornelli, Department of Mental Health; and Kim Yeagle, former Healthcare Home Director at Burrell Center, Inc. (now with the Coalition). At 12:00 p.m. you will travel 4 miles to Independence Center, a unique health home with an international reputation for its clubhouse model. You will have lunch at the Independence Center (self-pay), tour the facility, and dialogue with persons who are working in their health home.
If you choose to also attend the 2015 ACMHA Summit (separate registration is required) you will have the opportunity post-Summit for follow-up on additional questions/inquiries with either the Missouri Coalition or through a coach at one of Missouri’s health homes.
Additional questions? Please contact ACMHA Executive Director Kris Ericson.
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New Peer Initiative – February 3 Deadline
Application Deadline: February 3, 2015
The ACMHA Peer Leadership Interest Group (PLIG) is doing meaningful and important work for the field. If you have not seen it, the tool kit that arose out of our discussions and input is available and being promoted to the members. The PLIG has another opportunity to do some really valuable work…but the deadline is very short. We have received sponsorship funding to support the development of a program or product that collects and shares information about how peers are supporting At Risk Individuals (ARI) who, for these purposes, are defined as:
- Individuals in Rural and Frontier areas where resources are geographically hard to access
- Justice Involved Individuals
- Individuals experiencing multiple ongoing hospitalizations
- Individuals with multiple physical and behavioral health issues
- Homeless individuals
A work group is being put together to create the project. Individuals in the ARI PLIG work group will be asked to commit to the following
- Attend the 2015 Summit (funded) and listen to and consider activation and health literacy information.
- Participate in a 2-3 hour post-Summit session where individuals process conference findings, share other best practices, and determine what program or product the group will create to support the field: An eBook? A Toolkit? A Learning Collaborative? A white paper? A series of webinars? Sessions at Alternatives Peer Conference? Compendium of tools and resources?
- Receive input from the full PLIG on the content of the program/product.
- Create, finalize and distribute the selected program/product(s) by December 31, 2015.
Peers who are interested in being a part of the ARI PLIG work group will need to apply by completing an application and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 3, 2015. This is a hard deadline as all applications will be sent to the reviewers at the same time. We could not act sooner as funding just became available and the board approved the project
The ACMHA College for Behavioral Health Leadership Peer Leadership Interest Group (PLIG) is hosting an all day educational training intensive for regional and nationally based peer leaders focused on leadership, development and management on March 25, 2014 going into the Summit 2014. Information to follow.