The National Institutes of Health agree that engaging the brain-related patient advocacy community is integral to the success of this initiative. It is the hope of NIH that every American Brain Coalition (ABC) member will have at least one member from their organization participate (if not more) in what we hope is the first of a series of ways the ABC can help keep the patient advocacy community informed and engaged around this exciting initiative.
For those of you who are not familiar, the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and
space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.
1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT
This webinar, hosted by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, will introduce the “Guidelines for Care for Transitioning from Jails and Prisons for Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders.” Developed in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the guidelines promote the behavioral health and criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches to identify which persons need services, what services they need, and how to match these needs upon transition to community-based treatment and supervision. In addition to an overview of the guidelines themselves, nationally recognized experts on individuals with mental and co-occurring substance use disorders in the justice system will:
• introduce the underlying key principles and evidence-based practices; and
• discuss the application of the guidelines to make communities safer, use resources efficiently and effectively, and advance individual recovery.
• Henry J. Steadman, PhD, President, Policy Research Associates
• Fred C. Osher, MD, Director, Director, Health Services and Systems Policy, Council of State Governments Justice Center
• Steve Allen, MSSW, Executive Director, DHS Direct Care at State of Minnesota
*A summary document will be available following the webinar and the full document will be released at the end of September*
The laboratory that Dr. Rapoport has led at the NIMH since 1984 investigates the clinical phenomenology, neurobiology and treatment of brain and behavior disorders in children, including childhood-onset schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with a particular focus on diagnosis. Over the past decade, her group has been concentrating on both normal and abnormal brain development in childhood and adolescence, and better understanding and treatment of childhood-onset schizophrenia.
In addition to her post at NIMH, Dr. Rapoport is professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical School.
Meet the Scientist Webinar Series: Hear leading mental health researchers present the latest in new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next generation therapies for mental illness. The live webinar is open and free to all. You can join us by phone or on the web and will feature video (slide presentation) and audio (through your computer speakers or a domestic toll telephone call).
Treatment court professionals know that people with co-occurring disorders (COD) are among the most challenging groups of participants in their programs, and many are both “high risk and high need” offenders. NADCP and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center recently collaborated on the Fact Sheet “Six Steps to Improve Your Drug Court Outcomes for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders” to assist drug courts and other treatment courts in effectively working with persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. This webinar features a nationally-recognized expert on persons with COD in the justice system, Dr. Roger Peters, of the University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Dr. Peters has written numerous clinical and research articles on this topic and is a regular consultant to both NADCP and the GAINS Center. Dr. Peters will discuss the newly-released Fact Sheet document from NADCP and the GAINS Center, on which he is a co-author. This webinar addresses common concerns across all types of adult treatment courts including drug courts, mental health courts, veterans’ treatment courts, and DWI courts. In addition to his presentation, Dr. Peters will answer questions from webinar participants.
Participants will need to call the number AND log-in to the link to join the webinar:
Call-in #: 888-677-3788
Participant passcode: COD
Log-in For Participants:
Conference number: PW6269804
Audience passcode: COD
SARDAA will have a team that people can walk with – the only advocates/representatives for people living with schizophrenia-related disorders. You can donate to our team without walking. If you walk for SARDAA, you will be provided a SARDAA t-shirt (value $15).
The Houston Walk for Mental Health is a 3 day community based event to raise awareness and funding for Harris County non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services.
More information: https://secure.qgiv.com/hobnob/account/41026
Thursday, October 10th: just a bit before sunset (in front of City Hall and the Reflection Pool) we will join the City of Houston in kicking-off our “Positive Public Dialog” by illuminating our City Hall lime green (color for mental illness/disease) for three nights. THIS IS A FREE EVENT.
Friday, October 11th: Luncheon from 12:00 pm at The United Way Offices – 50-Waigh Drive – 77007
Guest Speaker is Dr. James A. McSwain – Principle Lamar High School – “Schizophrenia – An Unacceptable Condition”
Luncheon is open to all registered walkers and interested members of the community. Lunch is provided with your registration fee. AND ……………………. YOU MUST RSVP for the luncheon as seating is limited. CEO credits available.
Saturday, October 12: Walk at Spotts Park (please register)