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For students with mental health needs, the transition to campus life can be a major challenge. Students must adjust to living independently, take on new academic work and also manage their health and wellness. Despite the fact that most colleges and universities have some kind of support in place, an unacceptably large proportion of students with mental health needs still end up leaving campus.
In a new Focus newsletter, CAFE TAC takes a look at a pair of efforts to help both students that are transitioning to college for the first time, as well as those seeking to return to school after a health-related absence. While each of these approaches takes a different tack, both hold promise for helping students with mental health needs to succeed in higher education, and enjoy the same benefits as their typical peers. Check out Focus 38: New Models for Transition to Higher Education for Students with Mental Health Needs.
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Deciding Whether to Disclose in the Workplace
This NY Times article shares the experience of one man that decided to reveal his mental health history to his boss, and examines the difficulties people face in making similar decisions.

New Survey Reveals Impact of Depression on US Workforce
According to a new survey discussed in this article from Medical Xpress, nearly a quarter of Americans report having experienced depression, and 40% of those people have missed work as a result.

SAMHSA Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health
Thursday, November 20, 2014  
12:30 – 2 p.m. EST
You’re invited to join a listening session regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) implementation of Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which creates criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC). States, providers, consumers, and other interested stakeholders can provide public comment on what CMS should consider in developing payment parameters for a Prospective Payment System (PPS) applicable to services delivered by CCBHCs.
Participant Toll-Free, Dial-in Number: 800-837-1935
Conference ID/Passcode: 32048820
Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 4302) on April 1, 2014. This legislation includes provisions of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which increases access to community mental health and substance abuse treatment services while improving Medicaid payment for these services. Section 223 of the statute creates criteria for CCBHCs as entities designed to serve individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders that provide intensive, person-centered, multidisciplinary, evidence-based screening, assessment, diagnostics, treatment, prevention, and wellness services. This legislation provides for a 2-year, eight-state demonstration in which organizations that meet CCBHC criteria will be eligible for an enhanced payment rate through Medicaid, under a PPS developed by each participating state.

SAMHSA Listening Session: SAMHSA National Technical Assistance Centers
Thursday, December 4, 2014  
2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is holding a 90-minute “Listening Session” on Dec. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT. SAMHSA is preparing to issue a new Request For Applications (RFA) based on funding availability for the National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) and is seeking input and feedback about the best strategies to meet the needs of consumers.
The Listening Session will be held via conference call and interested parties can participate by using the following dial-in number: ; passcode: 8546198.
This is your chance to help shape the future of the TA Centers that serve you! Please participate!

Webinar: Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers
Friday, November 21, 2014
Noon ET / 11:00am CT/ 10:00am MT/ 9:00am PT
This webinar, which was originally hosted on November 7th, is being repeated due to popular demand!
Bev Haberle, Executive Director at  The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Tanya Stevens, Director of Peer Services at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, will repeat their presentations and allow for questions for anyone who missed them last week.Consumers and people in recovery, behavioral health providers, peer providers, providers of other health and human services (primary health care, housing, employment), policymakers, and researchers can all benefit from this discussion of peer worker supervision.
Register Today!

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