CMHS NAC SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSUMER/SURVIVOR ISSUES MEETING RECOMMENDATIONS
(passed unanimously by NAC)

SEPTEMBER 4, 2003

1. The CMHS National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor
Issues recommends that the CMHS National Advisory Council advise CMHS,
in conjunction with Goal 6 and Recommendations 6.1 and 6.2 of the Final
Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, to
undertake pilot work to begin testing and developing a
consumer-operated, culturally competent, interactive Web site that
organizes information for consumers that supports self-care and
self-determination, provides and updates a database of self-help groups,
warm lines, and other consumer resources, shares stories of recovery,
provides discussion list management software, employs chat rooms,
manages interactive input from consumers, and serves as an IT
(information technology) training tool by the end of 2004 and to be
fully operating by the end of 2005.

2. Work and service are American values and critical to recovery. The
CMHS National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues
recommends that the CMHS National Advisory Council advise CMHS to
increase support for jobs including the employment of consumers as
funded service providers as described in Goal 2 and Recommendation 2.2
of the Final Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on
Mental Health.

3. Over 50% of all community mental health services are currently
funded by Medicaid. The CMHS National Advisory Council Subcommittee on
Consumer/Survivor Issues encourages increased focus on recovery and
rehabilitation that will ensure community integration. The CMHS
National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues
recommends that the CMHS National Advisory Council advise CMHS to
collaborate with CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to
form an advisory body of beneficiaries with cross-disability
representation and in proportion to the disabilities served by CMS in
conjunction with Goal 2 and Recommendation 2.3 of the Final Report of
the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.