Gathering Info From Community Reentry Programs

Nationally, approximately 2.5 million people are incarcerated in jails and prisons.  Among them, it is estimated that 15-31% have a serious mental health issue; much higher than the general population.  The majority of these individuals are released within one year of being incarcerated.

Recognizing that community reentry is a critical point-in-time, we’re gathering information to identify innovative reentry programs that serve individuals who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues and who are returning to their communities after prison and jails.

We would like to hear from you and what you think makes your reentry program innovative!  Programs that provide information will have the possibility to be featured in a document we are developing that describes innovative services and support in this area.

Your participation is greatly appreciated! Click here to begin!

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New Document on Reentry

Returning to the Community: Reentry Barriers following Incarceration among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses

Reintegration of individuals with mental illnesses into everyday community life following incarceration is a major issue affecting every municipality and state around the country. The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities was asked by Philadelphia City Council to provide suggestions for how this complex and urgent issue could best be addressed. Key stakeholders in the field were identified, including individuals with mental health conditions who had left jails and prisons, and asked to offer their opinions about the most significant barriers during the reentry transition. Information from these conversations led to a city council investigatory hearing on the issue.  These activities resulted in thirteen recommendations that are briefly described in this document. The intention of this document is to share these recommendations with others as well as describe a process that could be used in other cities and states to identify similar recommendations that meet local circumstances and that raise the importance of community reentry and inclusion in the eyes of local governments.

Posted in Community Inclusion, Criminal Justice

New Document Available! Welcoming Work Environment

Welcoming Work Environments

This document focuses on strategies for creating more welcoming work environments within mental health agencies for staff members with mental health conditions. It provides readers – those who have been diagnosed with a mental health issue as well as agency CEOs, board members, supervisors, managers, and anyone else that might derive benefit from our suggestions— with a set of ideas and strategies that can be implemented to better support agency colleagues by creating and maintaining a positive, supportive, and welcoming work environment that enhances work life for all employees.

Posted in Employment

New Survey Opportunity: Conversations about Intimacy and Sexuality

Julie Tennille of West Chester University, in partnership with the Temple University Collaborative, is releasing a new survey that looks at the current climate of mental health professionals regarding their client’s intimacy and sexuality. Persons with Mental Health conditions might face any number of issues in participating in this life domain, such as side effects from medications or silent/admonishing positions from providers. To embrace a more inclusive framework of recovery, this survey hopes to gain an understanding from professionals in the mental health field to help with the development of a modular training toolkit for providers.

You can participate in the study if:

  • You’re 18 or older
  • Are working full-time or part-time as a mental health professional

To participate, please take our survey which should take no longer than 15 mins to complete!

Posted in Community Inclusion, Relationships

Collaborative Consultation Update!

Temple University Collaborative Consultation Services announces its 2016 Institute series on Best Practices in Community Inclusion. Community inclusion and recovery have become the clarion call for mental health systems across the country. The facilitation of recovery, quality of life, and increased participation in valued roles in the community has emerged as the goal of community mental health systems and services. Community inclusion plays an important role in the restructuring of services and supports within community mental health systems and in transforming policies, programs, and practices toward recovery, empowerment, and increased participation.

 The Best Practices in Community Inclusion Institutes will offer a comprehensive, hands on training experience for policy makers, program directors, and direct service staff in behavioral health programs. Federal, state, and county mental health officials, program executives and their supervisors and direct service staff, including peer specialists, will all have the opportunity to review the policies, program designs, and one-to-one practices that can make community inclusion a reality.

Participants will have an opportunity not only to learn about community inclusion and hear from innovative ‘next generation’ providers across the country, but also to work with Temple staff to develop practical plans for quick implementation. Federal and legal mandates have begun to require not only ‘least restrictive’ but also ‘most integrated’ service outcomes, and funding sources, including Medicaid, have started to respond with waivers and service definitions that support community inclusion initiatives, and there’s more to come.

Look for more information from the Temple Collaborative in 2016! In the meantime, contact Temple University Collaborative Consultation Services to tell us about your consultation service needs. For more information on Temple University Collaborative Consultation Services go to our website:

Or you can contact Bill Burns-Lynch directly at 215-204-1699 |


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Online Parenting Education!

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion is proud to announce our new Parenting Online Education resource, which features a 12 week information course for individuals to learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Cognitive, Social and Physical Child Development
  • Emotional Health and Wellness
  • And more!

We have more information available in an easy to read one-page document, as well as our new Parenting Online Education section!

Parenting With a Mental Illness

Parents who experience mental health conditions may have unique experiences and issues. Based on our research, this single page documents provides consumers, providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders with information about common barriers parents may face, supports that may be available, and how our parents might use resources from the Collaborative.

Posted in Community Inclusion

New Survey Opportunity!

Survey of Peer-Run Organizations that Serve Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions and Criminal Justice Histories

You are invited to participate in a survey of peer-run organizations that have programs and/or services serving individuals with behavioral health conditions and criminal justice histories. We are seeking responses by December 23, 2015. This survey is an exciting collaboration between The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s Peer Leaders Interest Group, The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Please respond if you have such a program or service, and please share this survey with your networks; we are hoping to cast a wide net! For the survey, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Rogers, Director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse at or 267-507-3812.

Posted in Criminal Justice

New Document Series: Peers in Practice

Peers In Practice: Parents with Mental Health Issues

Our first Peers in Practice document, written by Fred McLaren, MS, CPS, looks at the challenges of parenting with a mental health condition and the role Peer Specialists can play in supporting their clients with the needs and challenges of parenting.


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Pioneer Center Report

Pioneer Center Report

The Pioneer Center for Human Services, in McHenry (IL) has been working with the Temple University Collaborative Consulting Service for the past few years to help them broaden and strengthen their commitment to mental health services focused on community inclusion outcomes. In the Summer of 2015, the Pioneer Center asked Temple to conduct an evaluation of their community inclusion policies, programs, and practices, which resulted in both a ‘formative evaluation report detailing their progress thus far and a 15-minute video that captures the voices of service recipients, provider staff, agency administrators, and community members with regard to their engagement in community inclusion programming. We also created a video for this project, which features interviews from community members and industry that you can watch.

Over the past two years, the Pioneer Center has indeed re-invented itself, working more closely than ever with individual service recipients to help them set and meet new goals focused on community participation. The Center has retrained staff, hired new ‘community inclusion specialists,’ identified public and philanthropic funds to support its new initiative, and begun to revise its mission. Although this emphasis on what is now referred to as ‘community inclusion’ had begun as a special initiative, community inclusion is now the framework for a broader and deeper re-orientation of Pioneer Center’s fundamental goals. This report provides an early look at and assessment of Pioneer Center’s progress in that regard. (with quotes from service recipients, staff, and Pioneer Center executive leadership).


Posted in Community Inclusion

Upcoming Webinar Opportunity!

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion is proud to announce our new partnership with the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. The first opportunity that we bring your way is a free webinar for peers and their allies that will explore the critical role that peers can play in supporting increased community inclusion for individuals living with mental health conditions. Check out the webinar description below and be sure to register!

Title: Supporting Increased Community Participation: An Introduction to
Community Inclusion for Peer Providers
When: December 3, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Read more ›

Posted in Community Inclusion, Webinar


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