North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative Conference
Topic: Community Inclusion for Persons with Serious Mental Illness in North Carolina
February 20, 2018
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh 27606
On February 20, the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative sponsored a conference, Community Inclusion for Persons with Serious Mental Illness in North Carolina. Sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (NC DMH/DD/SAS), the daylong conference highlighted and promoted the best practice of community inclusion of adults with serious mental illness. Mark Salzer, Ph.D., Temple University, was the keynote presenter and discussed community inclusion as a right and medical necessity. He emphasized the need for all to view people with mental illness as individuals, not as patients, who want to live in the community surrounded by family and friends, with a meaningful job, and a good place to live. They must be engaged in making their own choices and partnering with providers, peer support specialists, and policymakers so that they receive effective mental health services and supports as community participation is vital to health and cognitive functioning. Dr. Salzer outlined the evidence-based fundamentals for promoting community inclusion and participation, which are based on a social model of disability, where disability results from a person-environment interaction that reduces opportunities for people to live like everyone else. It calls for reducing and eliminating environmental barriers and making a broad spectrum of individualized supports readily available.
[From left: Dr. Walt Caison, NC DMHDDSAS; Dr. Mark Salzer, Temple University; and Dave Wickstrom, Alliance of Disability Advocates]
Documents from the Conference
- Meeting Agenda
- Learn more about our Keynote Speaker & Other Presenters
- Breakout Group Comments from the Conference
Mark Salzer, Ph.D., Director, Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Temple University, will be the keynote speaker for this conference on Community Wellness and Inclusion. He will provide the key concepts on community inclusion, which will serve as the basis for the afternoon’s working groups. Working groups will be facilitated by experts in the field and address transition-age youth; peer support services; employment; and recreation. Attendees are expected to be engaged and participate, identifying ways in which communities involve diverse stakeholders in developing viable strategies in the four areas.
- Well Together. A Blueprint for Community Inclusion: Fundamental Concepts, Theoretical Frameworks, and Evidence
- Well Together, Community Inclusion website at https://www.wellways.org/our-services/well-together-community-inclusion
- Research article, An Empirical Study of the Relationship Between Community Participation, Recovery, and Quality of Life of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses
- Jump-Starting Community Inclusion: A Toolkit for Promoting Participation in Community Life at http://tucollaborative.org/sdm_downloads/community-inclusion-toolkit-promoting-participation-community-life/
- Register for the March 8 webinar, Learning Series: Peer Navigators Support People with Serious Mental Illness
- View webinar series on training best practices and employing Peer Support Specialists
- Register for webinar on peer specialist-designed and delivered programs: Innovations in Linkages and Referrals will be offered on March 14, 1:30–3 pm. The webinar will highlight innovative linkage and referral programs that are demonstrating improved outcomes among individuals experiencing mental health conditions. The programs were designed and delivered by peer specialists with lived experience. Presenters will discuss how the practices included in these programs have extended peer-to-peer outreach and use of recovery services. Read more and register at https://www.nasmhpd.org/content/innovations-linkages-and-referrals.