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These resources have been created for or recommended by members of planning councils around the country. Available on line or by mail, they are essential tools for you and your colleagues in the work of your council.



NAMHPAC publications for making planning councils function more effectively

1. Promoting Collaboration: An Exploration of Successful Partnerships Between Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils and State Mental Health Agencies
2. Orientation and Resource Toolkit
3. Promising Practices Handbook


NAMHPAC brochures and toolkits for increasing understanding of key mental health issues and topics

1. Mental Illness and Medication Algorithms
2. Supported Employment
3. Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
4. Homelessness Toolkit
5. Managed Care in the Public Sector
6. Children's Systems of Care
7. Evidence-based Alternative Therapies for Mental Illness: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and SAM-e
8. Evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment
9. Evidence-based Herbal Therapies for Mental Illness: St. John's Wort, Ginkgo, Kava and Valerian
10. Managed Care and the Role of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils
11. Mental Health and Homelessness


NAMHPAC position statements: for understanding where NAMHPAC stands on mental health issues

1. Olmstead
2. Jail Diversion
3. Integrated Treatment
4. Opposition to restrictive measures for medication access
5. NAMHPAC Policy Statement on Mental Health Courts
6. NAMHPAC Policy Statement In Support of the Insanity Defense






NAMHPAC publications for making planning councils function more effectively

Promoting Collaboration: An Exploration of Successful Partnerships Between Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils and State Mental Health Agencies
This report produced jointly by NAMHPAC and the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC) offers examples from three states in which in the planning councils and the mental health authorities have taken to heart the spirit of collaboration in planning, advocating for and monitoring public mental health services.

Download Report: PDF File size 129kb
Download Appendix A: PDF File size 189kb
Download Appendix D: PDF File size 238kb


Orientation and Resource Toolkit for Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils
This toolkit is intended to be used both as a foundation for new member orientation to planning councils and as an ongoing information resource and reference for current planning council members. Download PDF File size: 1mb


Promising Practices Handbook: Strategies to Improve the Effectiveness of your Planning Council
Written by experienced state planning council members, this paper lists 10 very common challenges and describes ways to cope with them. Download PDF File size: 64k





NAMHPAC brochures and toolkits for increasing understanding of key mental health issues and topics

Mental Illness and Medication Algorithms
This guide will help state mental health planning and advisory council members and others advocate for the implementation of medication algorithms to advance the quality of care for persons with mental illnesses.
Download PDF file size: 904k



Supported Employment
This pamphlet provides an introduction to employment programs for people with psychiatric disabilities. It will assist State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils and others concerned about people with such disabilities assess the community-based programs and services offered in their states to assist people with psychiatric disabilities achieve satisfying employment.
Download PDF file size: 669k



Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
This guide will help state mental health planning and advisory council members and others assess the programs and services in their state plans for people who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Download PDF file size: 546k



Homelessness Toolkit
The Homelessness Toolkit provides a wide range of resources to aid mental health planning and advisory councils in their efforts to advocate for an increase in housing and services to the homeless population with mental illness. Click here to get started


Managed Care in the Public Sector
This tool kit provides planning council members with an introduction to the structure and operation of managed care in the public sector, specifically under Medicaid. It is intended to increase the representation of Stakeholders - including consumers, family members, providers and advocates - in the design, implementation, and monitoring of services provided to people with mental and addictive disorders in the public sector.
Download PDF file size 289k


Children's Systems of Care
This tool kit provides an introduction to Systems of Care, a comprehensive framework for addressing the needs of children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. The information presented throughout this guide will help mental health planning and advisory councils assess program implementation and policy at both the State and local levels.
Download PDF file size:791k


Evidence-based Alternative Therapies for Mental Illness: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and SAM-e
This booklet provides a brief summary of the documented evidence base for the use of alternative drug therapies for mental illness. This brochure is intended to help open dialogue between consumers, family members and physicians providing treatment.
Download PDF file size: 546k


Evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment: A Guide for Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils
Produced with funding from Center for Mental Health Services, this 16-page booklet is a primer and study guide on this treatment. Includes a bibliography and where to go for more information on ACT.
Download PDF File size: 384k


Evidence-based Herbal Therapies for Mental Illness: St. John's Wort, Ginkgo, Kava and Valerian
This booklet provides a brief summary of the documented evidence base for the use of alternative drug therapies for mental illness. This brochure is intended to help open dialogue between consumers, family members and physicians providing treatment.
Download PDF file size: 165k


Managed Care and the Role of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils
Using case examples, focused presentations, and group discussions to enable planning councils to understand, review, monitor and evaluate the operations of managed care in the public sector more effectively. This regional conference targeted planning council members and other advocates from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Download PDF File size: 104k


Mental Health and Homelessness: A Guide for Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils

Produced with funding from Center for Mental Health Services, this 16-page booklet is an orientation to the issues, meant to stimulate discussion and action. Includes a list of additional resources and places to get more information on homelessness and mental illness.
Download the PDF File size: 252k





NAMHPAC position statements: for understanding where NAMHPAC stands on mental health issues

Olmstead and Community Integration Policy Statement (2003)
Download the PDF File Size: 138k


Jail Diversion Policy Statement (2003)
Download the PDF File Size: 165k


Integrated treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems
Download the PDF File size: 76k


Opposition to restrictive measures for medication access
Download the PDF File size: 109k


New! NAMHPAC Policy Statement on Mental Health Courts
Download the PDF File size: 39k


New! NAMHPAC Policy Statement of the Insanity Defense
Download the PDF File size: 63k