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Webinar: Guidelines for Care for Transitioning From Jails and Prisons for Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders @ Online
Sep 6 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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*

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Meet the Scientist Webinar: “Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia – The Study and Treatment” @ Online
Sep 9 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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).

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Webinar: Six Steps to Improve Your Drug Court Outcomes for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders @ Online
Sep 11 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

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

2013 Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston @ Spotts Park
Oct 10 @ 2:00 PM – Oct 12 @ 11:00 PM

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.

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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)

SARDAA Annual Conference @ Houston Marriott Energy Corridor
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

Register for the conference and Gala

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Houston Marriott Energy Corridor
16011 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

(281) 829-5525

Reelalities Film Festival & Luncheon @ Hilton Houston Westchase
May 17 @ 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

We are excited to offer sponsorship, exhibiting and participation opportunities for our upcoming Film Festival and Luncheon.

In the pursuit of our mission to eliminate the stigma of serious mental illness, especially schizophrenia and related disorders, we are hosting a unique film festival here in Houston.  Four films will be shown with time for Q&A after each, led by those involved with the film.  A Luncheon will follow.


Tickets now available


“Both Worlds” by Charles Steinbach

“Out of the Shadow” by Susan Smiley

“My Only Son” & “Light Wounds” by Jonathan Looper

“Hidden Pictures” by Dr. Delaney Ruston


Hilton Houston Westchase

9999 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77042

Reelalities 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Luncheon 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM