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                                                                                                     THE PEER CONNECTION – 2.15.2022

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Happy Valentines Week! It’s a time to let others know you appreciate and care about them (participation is voluntary), but it’s not the only time – we can choose to celebrate any time we wish (or not). It’s all about choice…

 

We have now set up 2 different groups (one for those who only want the newsletter and one for those who want the newsletter and want to participate in the conversation on The Peer Connection Listserv.

 

If for any reason we have mistakenly included you on The Peer Connection Listserv, or if you want to change your preference, please let me know.

 

Below are some upcoming events for the next 2 weeks, including opportunities to participate in community engagement, webinars, a celebration, peer support and conversation about a hot topic.

 

 

In Unity & Community,

 

Robyn

 

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Community Engagement Opportunities:

 

  • Orange County MHSA Office Community Engagement (see below for dates & times)

 

  • DHCS Telehealth Advisory Workgroup meeting – February 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

 

  • CalAim Waivers Stakeholder Engagement – February 17, 9:30 am

 

Webinars:

 

  • Map of Mental Health in our Communities – February 16th, 11:00 am

 

  • DRC Social Security Benefits for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) –

February 18th, 3:30 pm

 

  • Community Inclusion & Recovery – February 22nd, 11:00 am PST

 

Event:

 

  • Lift Every Voice & Celebrate Black History Month – February 23rd, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Peer Support:

  • Buried in Treasures Support Group  (see website to sign up)
  • Cal Voices African American Healing Circle – Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

 

  • Cal Voices COVID – 19 Support Line – (916) 288-8535

 

 

Apply & Join:

 

  • TAY Action Team (see below to register)

OOM MEETING LINK: https://bit.ly/3pD

Commentary:

 

  • “Coercion: The Only Constant In Psychiatric Practice?” (Warning: This is a long article – at your own risk)

 

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      COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Orange County Health Care Agency Mental Health Services Act Office invites you to participate in one of the upcoming Community Engagement Meetings to hear some of the key findings from the recent MHSA Community Survey.

 

Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on some of the information collected as it relates to the current MHSA Three Year Plan (FY 2020-21 to FY 2022-23) and Identified Strategic Priorities.

 

The meetings will be held on the following days (Please only register for only one meeting):

 

Tuesday, February 15th:  6 pm – 8 pm

 

Wednesday, February 16th:  6 pm  – 8 pm (Vietnamese only)

 

Tuesday, February 22nd:  6 pm – 8 pm

 

Wednesday, February 23rd : 6 pm – 8 pm (Spanish only)

 

Tuesday, March 1st:  6 pm – 8 pm

 

Wednesday, March 2nd: 10 am – 12 pm (Providers only)

 

Thursday, March 3rd:  6 pm – 8 pm (Providers only)

 

At the conclusion of the MHSA Community Meetings, participants will be able to register for a $20 Gift Card for attending the entire webinar. (Providers and County/Contracted employees are not eligible for the gift card).

 

Please use the link below to register for all meetings.

 

https://ochca2.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7X4y7sIWNoAaTBk

 

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Update on the Approved CalAIM Waivers and Post-Award Forum & Stakeholder Engagement

February 17th,  9:30 am

 

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will conduct a briefing on the CalAIM Section 1115 demonstration and CalAIM Section 1915(b) waiver at the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) and Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee (BH-SAC) meeting.

 

This briefing will review the approved initiatives and components included in the CalAIM demonstration and waiver and provide an opportunity for the public to provide comment on both, including the progress of the demonstration, and provide an update on pending CalAIM waiver requests

 

Please register in advance for the SAC and BH-SAC meeting. Written public comments may also be emailed to SACInquiries@dhcs.ca.gov on February 18th by 5 p.m.

 

The latest annual report is available here.  The CalAIM demonstration and waiver materials are available on the DHCS website.

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DHCS Telehealth Advisory Workgroup Meeting

 

February 16, 2022

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Health Care Services will reconvene the Telehealth Advisory Workgroup to present the final DHCS Telehealth Policy Proposal for the post-public health emergency period and solicit workgroup feedback.

On February 4, DHCS released AB 133 (Chapter 143, Statutes of 2021), which required DHCS to convene an advisory group of consultants, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders to provide recommendations to DHCS in establishing and adopting billing/coding and utilization management protocols for telehealth in the Medi-Cal program.

https://manatt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NJsXeUrLQUaEVG93lctrKg

 

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                                    WEBINARS

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Mental Health America

 

Mapping the Mental Health of Our Communities: MHA’s Unique County and State Data

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

10:00 am PST

 

We’ve all been hearing it in the news or seeing it firsthand for two years – the pandemic has had a profound negative impact on the mental health of the nation. But how is your local community doing?

Over the last year, our researchers have been analyzing over 2.6 million mental health screens from 2020 and 2021. These screens were taken by individuals who came to MHA’s website thinking they may be experiencing depression, suicidal ideation, psychosis, or trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we’re ready to publish this powerful data and show you how the nation has been feeling. We’ll break it all down by state and county in a one-of-a-kind dashboard unique to MHA.

 

Register to attend our webinar on to learn more about this project.

Can’t make the live session? The dashboard demonstration will be available on our website after the presentation.

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All You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits for Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

Join us for a live webinar

February 18, 2022
3:30 PM PST

In this training, you will learn about social security disability benefits. Youth with disabilities may qualify for disability benefits if they meet certain criteria. It can be difficult to figure out how to apply for them and how to keep them once you turn 18 years old. This training will explain the eligibility requirements, the differences between Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability and how to apply for them.

*This training is presented from a peer perspective by people who have lived experience with mental health disabilities.

Live Captions and ASL Interpreter will be Available.

To register, click below:

https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/post/webinar-all-you-need-to-know-about-social-security-disability-benefits-for-transitional-age#register

 

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Peer Specialist Webinar Series

Community Inclusion and Recovery: How Community Inclusion Helped Me

 

Tuesday, February 22

2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT/12:00pm MT/11:00am PT

 

Using the presenter’s personal journey of working to get off of disability benefits after 20 years for permanent full-time employment, this webinar discusses the importance of community inclusion for peers with mental health challenges. Sometimes stigma, community mental health care, and lack of self-confidence can make community participation more difficult for people with mental health challenges. However, community inclusion is key to being well, getting well, and staying well.

 

Learning Objectives:

·    State the definition of Community Inclusion.

·    Describe how Community Inclusion benefits everyone, including community members with disabilities.

·    List at least 3 obstacles to Community Inclusion and 3 ways peer specialists can navigate those obstacles.

 

Presented by Natalie Klaus-Rogers

 

Click Here to Register

Registration is FREE – but you must register to attend!

Live session includes closed captions.

Certificates of Participation for 60 Minute Webinar Available

 

 

 

 

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Free Webinar: “Community Inclusion and Recovery: How Community Inclusion Helped Me”

February 22, 2022, at 11 am PST

“Using the presenter’s personal journey of working to get off of disability benefits after 20 years for permanent full-time employment, this webinar discusses the importance of community inclusion for peers with mental health challenges. Sometimes stigma, community mental health care and lack of self-confidence can make community participation more difficult for people with mental health challenges. However, community inclusion is key to being well, getting well, and staying well.” For more information and to register, click here.

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                                        EVENTS

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LEVS Presents: Lift Every Voice & Celebrate Black History

February 23, 11 am – 1 pm

Join the Lift Every Voice and Speak (LEVS) Speakers Bureau for Lift Every Voice & Celebrate Black History. Members of LEVS will be sharing personal stories and celebrating Black history. This session will be virtual and you’re invited to register through the link below:

 

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocu2pqTguH91jvSDDCakdNg3Pfl3NA9n0?utm_source=PEERS+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=92175ea549-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_12_10_11_00_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_17d27e162c-92175ea549-422965437

 

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                                   PEER SUPPORT

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Buried in Treasures Support Group

Feeling overwhelmed by clutter in your home? We can help. Buried in Treasures is our FREE 19-week clutter support group. You’ll learn how to deal with clutter step by step and take back control of your home.

Spaces are limited, so register today by clicking below: https://peersnet.org/programs/clutter-support/

 

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Cal Voices

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HEALING CIRCLE

OOM MEETING LINK: https://bit.ly/3pDgl0z

Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

 

Join via Zoom:

 

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84198249428?pwd=dU9wS0l4N1FuRGpJUTBpQkpialhmUT09#success

 

Self-care for positive outcomes. No need to put on airs. Come talk, relax, and get tips to take care of yourself. For us, by us.

Questions? Contact us at (916) 288-8535.

 

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Cal Voices COVID – 19 Support Line

 

Cal Hope offers crisis counseling, resources and information to help people find their way during these difficult times.

 

(916) 288-8535

 

Or to chat, visit: calhopeconnect.org

 

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

LINK: https://bit.ly/3pDgl0z

 

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                                      APPLY & JOIN

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For more information, please contact maria@mentalhealthsf.org.

 

 

 

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COMMENTARY

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Coercion: The Only Constant In Psychiatric Practice?

Tomi Gomoryl, David Cohen, Stuart A. Kirk

 

In the Western world, since at least the 15th century, state-sanctioned force has been employed to control those who disturb others by their violent or existentially destabilizing behaviors such as threatening or inflicting self-harm. Coercing the mad into madhouses, separating and detaining them from the rest of society, and forcing them to comply with their keepers’ wishes, occurred before physicians became involved in theorizing about the meaning or origins of madness, and it continues to distinguish psychiatric practice to this day.

It is widely recognized that the mad used to be confined, beaten, tied, shocked or whirled into submission, but it seems less appreciated today by scholars, practitioners, and the general public that the physical control of “dangerous” mental patients remains a central function, and perhaps the only constant function, of public mental health systems.

https://www.academia.edu/10759666/Coercion_The_Only_Constant_In_Psychiatric_Practices

 

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*Disclaimer: The Peer Connection is created to provide you information from a neutral perspective. For this purpose, Disability Rights California does not propose to support or oppose any of the information, organizations or comments posted here.

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