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Why Attend the CASRA 2021 Spring Virtual Conference?

Why Attend the CASRA 2021 Spring Virtual Conference? | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

We’ve all had more virtual meeting time than is good for us. There is a tendency for agencies and county systems to pack in MORE meetings, with fewer breaks, and the natural breaks – like driving to another location – aren’t there for us.  Zoom Fatigue is REAL!

Published on: 04/08/2021   |  Category:  Announcements

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"...the devil is in the implementation..."

"...the devil is in the implementation..." | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

I can’t remember when, where or in relation to what that I first heard this brief admonition, but it is one that I have repeated numerous times over the years to social work students, advocates and others.  It is also something that I can easily forget during the excitement and celebration that immediately follow the passage of an important piece of legislation.

Published on: 04/07/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Beyond the Biology of Mental Illness

Beyond the Biology of Mental Illness | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

In treating it, we should address cultural aspects that shape our suffering.

Published on: 04/06/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters

When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Public health experts have aptly expressed concern about the health care industry’s characterization of interventions as addressing “the social determinants of health” and have pointed out the limitations of over-medicalizing individuals’ social needs rather than investing in upstream community interventions. Acknowledging this concern and seeking greater internal consistency, the Health Care Transformation Task Force (the Task Force)—a coalition of payers, purchasers, providers, and patients committed to embracing value-based payment models—offers a framework to describe the distinction among social determinants of health, social risk factors, and social needs in a manner that promotes more precise usage of each term by all health care stakeholders. Clear and consistent terminology is an essential first step to determining what role health care providers and payers can and should play in addressing the underlying factors that influence population health. (Others have made similar points, notably Hugh Alderwick and Laura Gottlieb in The Milbank Quarterly.)

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit

2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Back to Better Behavioral Health

Back to Better Behavioral Health | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Introduction: To best address the daunting challenges that stem from the traumas of COVID -19, racial injustice, poverty and rising overdose and suicide rates, the Biden Administration should look to new leadership at SAMHSA that is uniquely skilled to lead the way in helping our nation to heal by implementing evidence-based policies that advance the principles of recovery, resilience, peer support and trauma informed care.. For example, people with lived experience of mental illness and trauma should be placed in high leadership roles to bring back meaning and morale to an agency that evidenced “considerable turnover and declining morale’ during the Trump Administration, ranking 413 out of 415 agencies.1

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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New National African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

New National African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Promoting Behavioral Health Equity for African Americans

Morehouse School of Medicine - February 15, 2021

Published on: 02/19/2021   |  Category:  Press Release

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Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

PBS has done a great job of posting a variety of documentaries and shorts about the Black experience in American history. Take some time this month to view theses clips!

Published on: 02/08/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Disability Advocates Make Recommendations to HHS-Secretary-Designate Becerra

Disability Advocates Make Recommendations to HHS-Secretary-Designate Becerra | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Our friends at NYAPSRS partnered with the Bazelon Center to create a list of recommendations to HHS Secretary-Designate Becerra on a variety of key disability rights issues.  

Published on: 02/08/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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A Resource for the Supervision of Peer Support Specialists

A Resource for the Supervision of Peer Support Specialists | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

With the passage of SB 803, California has begun the process to develop standards and guidelines for county peer certification programs. One of the key areas to address is supervision – distinguishing between administrative oversight and clinical/practice support. 

Published on: 02/03/2021   |  Category:  Announcements

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NY Upcoming Virtual Conference Series

NY Upcoming Virtual Conference Series | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Upcoming Virtual Conference Series Details

Please distribute widely across your agency and programs. All staff are encouraged to attend all of the Virtual Conference Series! The series will also be recorded and available to view after series completion.

Published on: 11/09/2020   |  Category:  Announcements

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National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

Published on: 11/05/2020   |  Category:  Announcements

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Inequities in Mental Health Services

Inequities in Mental Health Services | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

It’s Time for a Reckoning and Rectification

As the country confronts the coronavirus crisis and the ways it has exposed racism and inequality, it is time for the mental health field to look inwards and reckon with its own shortcomings. Similar to other American institutions and disciplines, racial and socioeconomic inequalities tend to be replicated in the accessibility and appropriateness of treatments offered to vulnerable individuals and families.

Published on: 10/07/2020   |  Category:  Articles

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Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform

Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

It's "More Needed Than Ever"

SACRAMENTO — During the first week of school closures in San Jose, state Sen. Jim Beall’s office received more than a dozen phone calls from distressed parents and caregivers.

Published on: 10/07/2020   |  Category:  Articles

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Announcing the Fall Keynote Speaker!

Announcing the Fall Keynote Speaker! | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

We are thrilled to have our dear friend and colleague, Mark Ragins, open our Fall Conference!  In his retirement, Mark has written a book, soon to be published, entitled: Journeys Beyond the Frontier: A Rebellious Guide to Psychosis and Other Extraordinary Experiences.

Published on: 10/01/2020   |  Category:  Announcements

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