CMHS Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues

Recommendations Approved by the NAC

 

February 8, 2002


  1. The National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues recommends that the CMHS National Advisory Council resolve the following: "CMHS supports programs that promote recovery by involving consumers/survivors in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services; the availability of resources for national training of consumers; and the existence of vehicles for community initiatives that promote consumer involvement in services."
  2. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that the NAC reaffirm the following recommendations previously adopted by the National Advisory Council at the September 2001 meeting:
    1. Continue grant support at current funding levels or higher for a minimum of five national consumer technical assistance centers of which at least three are consumer-operated.
    2. Initiate Knowledge, Development & Application efforts in the area of mental health on consumer-directed, self-determination models such as personal care attendants, voucher programs (e.g. cash & counseling), individualized budgeting, etc, that have been successfully demonstrated by persons with physical/developmental disabilities and older adults.

 

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CMHS Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues

Recommendations to the NAC

 

February 8, 2002

 


  1. The National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues recommends that the CMHS National Advisory Council resolve the following: "CMHS supports programs that involve consumer/survivors in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services; the availability of resources for national training of consumers; and the existence of vehicles for community initiatives that promote consumer involvement in services."
  2. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that the NAC reaffirm the following recommendations previously adopted by the National Advisory Council at the September 2001 meeting:
    1. Continue grant support at current funding levels or higher for a minimum of five national consumer technical assistance centers of which at least three are consumer-operated.
    2. Initiate Knowledge, Development & Application efforts in the area of mental health on consumer-directed, self-determination models such as personal care attendants, voucher programs (e.g. cash & counseling), individualized budgeting, etc, that have been successfully demonstrated by persons with physical/developmental disabilities and older adults.
  3. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that CMHS endorse the 10 recommendations made by the National Council on Disability in its document, From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves, published January 20, 2000.
  4. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that CMHS provide consumer scholarships for all conferences that receive funding support from CMHS.
  5. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that CMHS develop guidelines to enable providers and consumers/survivors to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that meet formal knowledge eligibility requirements. Providers should be able to earn CEUs for learning from the first-hand experiences of consumers/survivors receiving services. Consumers/survivors should be able to earn CEUs for voluntary national service, experiential presentations, advocacy activities, and other relevant activities.
  6. The Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee recommends that CMHS support parity for mental health reimbursement for voluntary services.