CASRA is a statewide organization of private, not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that serve clients of the California public mental health system.
Member agencies provide a variety of services that are designed to enhance the quality of life and community participation of youth, adults and older adults living with challenging mental health issues.
Welcome to the CASRA Newsletter. Summer is winding down, the new fiscal year is starting up, the state legislature is back in session, and students are returning to school.
In this edition:
The US Department of Health and Human Services indicates that it plans to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency until the November mid-term elections.
There are two articles focusing on the shortage of mental health workers.
A story is featured about an Italian poet, Alda Merini, who wrote about life’s joys and struggles from her childhood to her struggles with her mental health condition.
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association has new eligibility requirements for CPRP and CFRP certifications. Links are provided to find out more.
The CASRA Core Values Learning Series starts on September 14th. Registration opens of Monday, August 22nd. It’s free and open to employees of CASRA member agencies.
And, as a reminder, the 2022 CASRA Fall Conference is coming Octobber19th, 26th, and November 2nd. Save the dates!
Member Agency Employment Opportunities and Information
Our member agencies are continually looking for new employees or volunteers to join their workforce.
To see current openings and find out additional information about CASRA Member Agencies, please click below.
CASRA Agency Learning Opportunities
Starting Wednesday, September 14th!
Beginning Wednesday, September 14th, CASRA will be presenting a series of workshops that are designed to further the mission of improving services and social conditions for people with psychiattric disbilities by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights.
The monthly learning opportunities will introduce new staff, refresh existing staff, and remind all staff of the values, principles and practices of Recovery and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
The series consists of 3 themed sessions containing 3 topics. Each topic is 3 hours in length.
The Core Foundation
Overview of Recovery - 9/14/22
Values, Principles, and Practices of Psychosocial Rehabilitation - 10/12/22
Person Centered Language - 11/9/22
Building Effective Relationships
Active Listening - 1/11/23
Principle Guided Decision Making - 2/8/23
Cultural Humility and Awareness - 3/8/23
Services for Growth
An Overview of Crisis and Our Response to it - 4/12/23
Harm Reduction - 5/10/23
Employment and Other Meaningful Roles - 6/14/23
Registration is no cost, limited to 35 people per session to ehance the learning experience, and open only to employees of CASRA member agencies.
Registration will open for the Core Foundation Sessions on the CASRA website, on Monday, August 22nd.
A benefit of membership in CASRA is receiving 4 hours of training for your staff. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a CASRA member agency and would like to advertise your learning opportunity, training or event for the benefit of other CASRA member agencies, please contact us at email@example.com.
There are a few guidelines:
You are a CASRA Member Agency
Your event is free of charge
and, as a reminder the Newsletter is published on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
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HHS says it plans to extend Covid-19 public health emergency
An extension would ensure expanded Medicaid coverage, telehealth services and other pandemic measures remain in place beyond the midterm elections.
By David Lim, August 17, 2022
State and local public health officials — having not heard differently this week — are expecting the Biden administration to extend the Covid-19 public health emergency for another 90 days in mid-October.
An extension would ensure expanded Medicaid coverage, telehealth services, boosted payments to hospitals and other pandemic measures remain in place beyond the midterm elections even as public health experts and lawmakers debate the merits of a PHE that was first declared in January 2020. Read More
How the U.S. Can Solve a Shortage of Mental-Health Professionals
Some 130 million Americans live in areas that don’t have enough mental-health workers. We asked three experts for solutions.
From Wall Street Journal
By Lisa Ward, August 14, 2022
Many sufferers of mental-health issues can’t find the help they need. Often there just aren’t enough providers.
More than a third of the U.S. population, about 130 million people, live in areas that have a dearth of mental-health workers. Residents of underserved areas have roughly a quarter of the providers they need, in aggregate, the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The shortage is even more acute in rural areas. About 80% of rural counties lack access to a single psychiatrist, according to a report by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, citing data from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
How can more people be encouraged to pursue careers in mental health? And how can the existing system be improved to help more people? Read More
Report recommends $128 million ‘down payment’ to train thousands more mental health care workers in San Diego
In-depth analysis of workforce trends recommends big changes, from pay to paperwork
From San Diego Union-Tribune
By Paul Sisson, August 14, 2022
San Diego's significantly undersized mental health care workforce is underpaid compared to peers in other California markets and is so burnt out dealing with broken bureaucratic paperwork requirements that 44 percent of current workers say they may seek different jobs in the next 12 months.
Those are the main observations of a new report compiled by San Diego Workforce Partnership, which surveyed nearly 1,600 local behavioral health workers. Their responses, combined with plenty of statistics and peer-reviewed research, paint a sobering picture of an industry estimated to serve more than 400,000 county residents per year. Read More
Overlooked No More: Alda Merini, Poet Who Wrote of Life’s Joys and Struggles
Countless fans have been intrigued by her verses carrying erotic and sacred imagery, and by her life, from her childhood in Milan to her time spent in asylums.
By Ilaria Parogni, Published Aug. 5, 2022, Updated Aug. 9, 2022
This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times.
The voice of the marginalized. The lady of the Navigli. The mad poet. Alda Merini didn’t like these labels, but as one of Italy’s most celebrated literary figures, she couldn’t escape them. Countless admirers have been intrigued by her life, from her upbringing along the system of canals in Milan called the Navigli, to her struggles with mental illness as an adult. Read More
PRA has New Eligibility Requirements
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is happy to announce new streamlined eligibility requirements for certification!