Numerous studies have shown the benefits of employment to mental health recovery. Yet in Georgia and across the nation far too many mental health consumers are unemployed, despite their stated desire to work. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created a special initiative to assist states in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health disorders. Georgia was one of 9 states selected by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) to participate. Through this initiative, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMCHN) is pleased to invite you to a statewide forum to learn and explore ways to increase employment opportunities for Georgians recovering from mental illness.
Participants will learn:
v Principles & outcomes associated with successful employment of people living with severe mental illness.
v How the behavioral health system can support individuals in recovery through employment.
v How the U.S. Department of Labor and other states are increasing employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness.
v What Georgians are doing and how we can do more to increase employment opportunities for Georgians with mental illness.
DBHDD contracted Behavioral Health providers, including CEOs, Clinical Directors, Directors of Supported Employment, Peer Support and Psychiatric Rehabilitation services; ACT Team Leads, Vocational Specialists and Certified Peer Specialists; DBHDD State & Regional Office staff; Vocational Rehabilitation State Office and Regional Office staff; Certified Peer Specialists, Mental Health Advocates; Consumers and Family Members.
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Time: 10:00-4:00; Onsite check-in 9:30 am
Place: The Cypress Room at the Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Lunch provided. Pre-registration required. Complete attached form to register by June 4, 2012.
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago at Illinois
Director of Education and Training Programs, UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy
Providing leadership for multiple federally funded studies, including the Employment Intervention Demonstration Project (EIDP), Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally as an expert on mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, and services research, with particular expertise in vocational rehabilitation and employment. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and training materials on psychiatric rehabilitation and received several awards for her contributions to the field. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal; an elected member (and former chair) of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) Research Committee, and has been elected to the USPRA Executive Board through 2012.
Chris Button, PhD
Supervisory Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP),
U.S. Department of Labor
Dr. Button’s 35-year career in the disability arena includes work as a legislative aide on disability issues in the US Senate and as senior management within a private national disability nonprofit organization. As Supervisory Policy Advisor on the Adult Policy Team at ODEP, Dr. Button leads team activities in policy analysis, research, and program design and implementation to identify and develop policy directions, develop and expand best practices, and secure stakeholder collaboration. The focus of her work is on the removal of structural, policy, and other workforce barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The overall goal is to increase employment opportunities and ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce. She has also worked as a special education teacher, school administrator, and university instructor.
Registration Instructions: Please complete the attached form and email or fax to GMHCN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-687-0772.
Deadline: COB Monday, June 4, 2012
There are no CEUs available for this training.
Seating is limited.
For additional information please contact Lori Wade at 404-687-9487 or (800) 297-6146.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive! -Howard Thurman
Tina G. Grubbs
475 East Main Street
Cartersville, Georgia 30121
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