Peer / Recovery

NAMI Family-to-Family Program at CVMC!

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a FREE 12-week course structured to help families and friends of individuals with mental illness understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being. Class begins on March 30th and will meet in a Central Vermont Medical Center Conference Room. There is limited seating, so register today!

Who Should Attend: The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with mental illness. Many family members describe the impact of this program as life changing.
Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit from taking this course.

Trained family members of individuals with mental illness teach the course.
All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
Evidence-based curriculum draws on the most current scientific research.
Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.
To register, call NAMI Vermont at 802-876-7949 or visit:
http://namivt.org/education/family-to-family-class/

Read about SAMHSA’s Block Grant Funding surrounding FEP

Serious Mental Illness: A New Block Grant Priority

Mental health treatment practitioners have, over the years, observed that most individuals who have a serious mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia) typically experience the first signs of illness during adolescence or early adulthood. Yet there are often long intervals between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis, referral, and treatment. In response, Congress has directed SAMHSA to require that states set aside 10 percent of their Community Mental Health Services Block Grant to address these needs.

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First Episode- Results from a 2011 NAMI Survey

 

 

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Coordinated Specialty Care Fact Sheet and Checklist

Coordinated specialty care (CSC) is a general term used to describe recovery-oriented treatment programs for people with first episode psychosis (FEP). CSC uses a team of health professionals and specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan based on the client’s life goals and preferences.

The team offers recovery-oriented psychotherapy, medication management geared to individuals with FEP, case management, employment and education support, and family education and support. The client and the team work together to make treatment decisions, involving family members as much as possible.

Compared to typical care for FEP, CSC has been shown to be more effective at reducing symptoms, improving quality of life and increasing involvement in work or school. There are many different programs that can be considered coordinated specialty care. In the United States, examples of CSC programs include (but are not limited to) NAVIGATE, the Connection Program, OnTrackNY, the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program, and the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA). For help finding a CSC program in your area, visit the Patients and Families section of the RAISE webpage: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/raise.

Download the Coordinated Specialty Care Fact Sheet and Checklist

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Study

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE)

What is RAISE?

In 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) launched the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project. RAISE is a large-scale research initiative that began with two studies examining different aspects of coordinated specialty care (CSC) treatments for people who were experiencing first episode psychosis. One study focused on whether or not the treatment worked better than care typically available in community settings. The other project studied the best way for clinics to start using the treatment program. Read more.

What is Psychosis?

The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. When someone becomes ill in this way it is called a psychotic episode. Read more.

What is Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC)?

Coordinated specialty care (CSC) is a recovery-oriented treatment program for people with first episode psychosis (FEP). CSC promotes shared decision making and uses a team of specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan. The specialists offer psychotherapy, medication management geared to individuals with FEP, family education and support, case management, and work or education support, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences. Read more.

Download the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenic Episode (RAISE) Study

Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with subject matter experts, conducted research to identify core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health and later posted the draft competencies developed with these stakeholders online for comment. This document represents the final product of that process. As our understanding of peer support grows and the contexts in which peer recovery support services are provided evolve, the core competencies must evolve over time. Therefore, updates to these competencies may occur periodically in the future.

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Integrated Scope of Practice Resource

The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Child/Family Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming child/family clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions, linking clients/families with recovery services and resources, as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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