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'Consumer's Rights are Human Rights'

Joseph Rogers - My journey toward self-determination is defined within the mental health arena as ‘individuals' rights to direct their own services, to make the decisions concerning their health and well-being (with help from others of their choice, if desired), to be free from involuntary treatment, and to have meaningful leadership roles in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services and supports’

University of Illinois, Department of Psychiatry, National Research and Training Center (NRTC) /Scholarly Reports

The National Research & Training Center (NRTC) develops scholarly reports on innovative programmatic and policy issues in human services and public mental health systems. 13 Briefing Papers on Fostering Mental Health Self-Determination at the Individual, System/Financing, and Societal Levels

Fostering Leadership: Collective Self-Determination among People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Barriers to Self-Determination for People who have been Identified as Having Mental Illness in Western Society

Getting to Systems that Promote Self-Determination through Research and Evaluation

The Contract with Women of the USA: A Model of Policy Advocacy to Promote Self-Determination

Self-Determination in Mental Health Recovery: Taking Back Our Lives

Self-Determination for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Personal Obstacles and Facilitators

Run for the Stronghold: The Story of One Survivor's Source of Self-Determination - Self-Acceptance and Love

The Role of Information & Communication Technology in Promoting Self-Determination for Mental Health Consumer/Survivors

Early Findings of the University of Illinois at Chicago, National Research and Training Center's Web-Based Survey on Consumer Self-Determination and Technology

Contextualizing Self-Determination within a Mental Health Recovery Oriented Service and Support System

The Promise of Self-Determination for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities

Self-Determination and Person-Directed Support

Annotated Bibliography on Self-Determination for People with Psychiatric Disabilties

Annotated Bibliography on Self-Determination and Technology

Assessing the Financial Planning Needs of Americans with Mental Illnesses

Recovery, Empowerment & Self-Determination

Mental Health – Recovery, Empowerment & Self-Determination - This site is for consumers / survivors, mental health professionals and all people dedicated to learning more about the reality of recovery from mental illness.  “Self-determination refers to the right of individuals to have full power over their own lives, regardless of presence of illness or disability. It encompasses concepts such as free will, civil and human rights, freedom of choice, independence, personal agency, self-direction, and individual responsibility. Self-determination in the mental health system refers to individuals’ rights to direct their own services, to make the decisions concerning their health and well-being (with help from others of their choice, if desired), to be free from involuntary treatment, and to have a meaningful leadership role in the design, delivery and evaluation of services and supports.” [Source: The UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability]

Peer-to-Peer Resource Center, Promoting Peer Support & Recovery for People Living with Mental Disability

Peer Support are Self-Determination Programs-Peer-to-Peer Resource Center- When you are faced with a mental illness, life is often confusing, and it can be difficult to focus on the idea of recovery. When we hear these are chronic illnesses, we begin to think only of our deficits and losses. Thoughts of recovery can seem far away or even impossible to us, those who treat us, and those who care about us.  But there’s a different way of looking at mental illnesses now, a vision focusing on recovery and self-determination, emphasizing the importance of peer support and focusing on the person with the mental illness, supporting and building on their dreams and desires. There’s a growing recognition, supported by increasing amounts of research, that recovery is possible when consumers are an integral part of their own treatment and support systems.

Consumer Affairs News from the Center for

Mental Health Services

CMHS Consumer Affairs E-News April 14, 2006  Vol. 06-40

Research and Training Center to Study Mental Health Self-Determination

The University of Illinois at Chicago, National Research and Training Center has been awarded a five-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services and the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study self-determination, evidence-based practice, person-driven services, and transformation of the mental health system.

The Center is partnering with Judi Chamberlin, Mary Ellen Copeland, Dan Fisher, Anthony Fox, Larry Fricks, Mike Halligan, Kathy Muscari, Joseph Rogers and many others on a series of innovative research and training projects.

This includes randomized controlled trial evaluations of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) in Ohio, Certified Peer Specialist services in Georgia, the BRIDGES peer-led education model in Tennessee, and the self-directed care "money-follows-the person" model in Texas.

Training projects with the 3 CMHS-funded Consumer Technical Assistance Centers include national dissemination of Leadership Academy by CONTAC in West Virginia, development of statewide consumer leadership response to California's Proposition 63 at the National Empowerment Center in Massachusetts, and Freedom Self-Advocacy training by the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse in Pennsylvania. Other training and education projects focus on peer provider certification, financial asset development, research careers for people in recovery, inpatient seclusion and restraint reduction, and workforce development. An innovative academic curricular transformation effort incorporates principles of recovery and evidence-based practice into university instruction in the medical, social, and behavioral sciences.

The Center also offers online workshops, web casts, and web-based continuing education courses, as well as free downloadable resources.

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