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Pennsylvania Advocacy Summit Brochure
On September 28, 2010, the PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association, Disability Rights Network of PA, and MHAPA sponsored an advocacy summit. Mental health consumer, family, and advocate leadership from across the Commonwealth participated in the day long event. The goal of the summit was to develop regional advocacy coalitions to educate, include, and mobilize. Presentations regarding Olmstead planning, state budget, and health care reform were provided. A strategic planning session was also conducted, and participants identified regional action steps. Each attendee received a summit booklet, which includes the summit agenda, presentations, advocacy tools, and strategies and resources.
Mental Health Advance Directives
A booklet, available in English or Spanish, was developed to help people with mental illnesses prepare an Advance Directive (Power of Attorney or Declaration or both). The booklet includes forms, instructions and answers frequently asked questions. Additional materials available in English only are Providers FAQs and information for Mental Health Agents.
Community Integration CD
Stories of recovery and resiliency from people with mental illness who live in the community.
The guide details how supportive environments benefit business by reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity, and attracting a diversified workforce. It profiles companies from across the state that have successfully implemented many of the guide’s recommendations and includes a list of local mental health service organizations. Click here to download. There is also a version specifically for mental health providers regarding employment practices. Click here to download.
Leader Forum Guide
Bring together people in your community that are leaders – local business, faith leaders, police officers, and the media – and educate them on how mental health affects them and the community. Click here for information on organizing a town hall meeting or Leader Forum and to download a copy of the guide.
MHAPA’s OpenMindsOpenDoors anti-stigma campaign offers many materials to help combat stigma and discrimination.
- The Anti-Stigma video features personal experiences from consumers across the state.
- The campaign brochure highlights the basic messages associated with the campaign.
Visit the campaign’s website for additional anti-stigma and discrimination materials.