Re-Balancing Federal Policy Need Not Have to Choose Between Extremes

by Harvey Rosenthal

Harvey is the Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and recently wrote this blog for Pete Earley's website.

CASRA strongly supports Harvey's observations.

For far too long, advocates for court mandated outpatient commitment have promoted the false narrative that recovery, rehabilitation and peer support providers and advocates don't want to serve Americans with the most serious condiitons...and that our motivation in supporting the redirection of public funds from hospital to community is simply to capture public dollars for our own purposes. In contrast, these groups have outrageously played upon unfounded connections between violence and mental illness to promote a singular one-size-fits-all prescription of "more meds, more beds and more coercion." To read more, click here...

See Harvey's address on the false connection between mental illness and violence before a workgroup sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.




Recovery Woman presents an intergalactic acknowledgement of CASRA's commitment to wellness, recovery and rights to Chad Costello, CASRA President and Public Policy director at Mental Health America-LA.




CASRA/Relias Academy

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Meaningful Roles for Peer Providers in Integrated Healthcare

CASRA is pleased to announce the availability of its latest toolkit, "Meaningful Roles for Peer Provides in Integrated Healthcare."

The toolkit was developed by CASRA with support from the Integrated Behavioral Health Project and funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.

Download your free copy here.

Now Available - Crisis Residential
Treatment Toolkit

The SAMHSA funded toolkit on the development of community alternatives to hospital-based acute care services is now available.

Click here for the table of contents and here to order your copy for only $ 149. The toolkit provides everything you need to know to develop, implement and operate alternatives to hospital-based acute care services.

Although conventional wisdom asserts that there is a nation-wide shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds, CASRA believes the solution is crisis stabilization, psychiatric emergency and crisis residential alternatives that are not hospital-based.  Progress Foundation’s Dore Street is a prime example of a community-based response to a system’s acute care needs. It features a psychiatric emergency room and stabilization center attached to a crisis residential program.