This Week: Competencies for Peer Support Workers & Advancing Equity

September 18, 2023

September 19

Competencies for Peer Support Workers in Crisis Services: Listening Session

A 90-minute listening session with peers who currently provide support in crisis settings to review our draft self-assessment tool. This self-assessment tool was designed based on the Core Competencies and is intended for peers new or familiar with crisis work to reflect upon their skill sets.

Join us on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:30 PM ET.

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September 20

Understanding Mental Conditions: What they are, how they manifest, and strategies for engagement

This virtual session of the NH Treatment Court Conference will provide a general overview of mental illness, prevalence of most common mental conditions encountered by criminal justice providers and crisis response teams, and explore from layperson perspectives how best to engage and interact with someone in crisis to de-escalate volatile situations.


Presenter: Steven Samra, MPA, C4 Innovations 

Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 1 PM ET.

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September 20

Recovery and Citizenship in Treatment Court Setting

This in-person session at the NH Treatment Court Conference will provide participants with an overview introduction to Recovery and Citizenship approaches to behavioral health care and will provide detailed descriptions of two potential interventions. These include i) the Citizens project, a 6-month, twice-weekly class that supports people who have behavioral health changes and are justice-involved to build their connection to the 5Rs (responsibilities, resources, rights, relationships and roles) and a sense of community belonging, and ii) the Financial health project, which involves assessing individuals’ financial health, identifying and/or creating supports to assist with financial management, and addressing systems barriers through partnering with local community organizations and financial institutions.



Annie Harper, PhD, Assistant Professor Yale Department of Psychiatry, Yale University Department of Psychiatry.  

Maria E. Restrepo-ToroMS, Director of Health Equity and International & State programming, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. 

Patricia Benedict, Director of Training and Implementation of Citizens Initiatives, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.


Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 2:45 PM ET.

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September 22

Advancing Equity in Healthcare for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Dr. Irwin will discuss health disparities for individuals with serious mental illness across the cancer continuum. She will review the development of a model of person-centered collaborative care, including findings from a recent randomized trial, and introduce a coalition dedicated to ensuring mental illness is never a barrier to cancer care.


Presenter: Dr. Kelly Irwin is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a faculty psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and MGH Schizophrenia Program.

Join us on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 11:30 AM ET.

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September 26

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- September Event

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and New England MHTTC would like to invite you and your staff to attend"Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices," a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series. Native Psychological Brilliance refers to the intelligence, strengths, balance, innate resources, and resilience of Native people. 


The topic for September's session is "Action Steps: Cultural Healing and Behavioral Health."


This no-cost telehealth series will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Mountain/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. Each session will be one hour in length and will provide an opportunity for participants to: 

  • Gain skills on strength-based approaches in partnership with Native People to enhance Native behavioral health
  • Discuss ways that Native brilliance is demonstrated and supports behavioral health
  • Learn about Native brilliance examples to share with behavioral health and other health care staff, as well as with local Tribal Nation citizens 


The concept of Native psychological brilliance will be celebrated through Native music video and Native spoken word performances as part of each session.

Join us on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 2 PM ET.

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September 27

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

This event brings together national, regional, and Vermont stakeholders to facilitate collaborations and strengthen suicide prevention. This full-day event offers three keynote presentations, and topics will be explored in depth during eight workshops held throughout the day in four specific disciplines. New England MHTTC is proud to be a sponsor of this event. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 9 AM ET.

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September 27

Supporting the Mental Health and Well-being of AAPI Populations

Asian American and Pacific Islander populations (AAPI) are an integral part of the American diaspora and represent a wide range of diversity. There are approximately 50 distinct ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages, with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries.

Learn key facts about the mental health experiences within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Consider ways you can promote recovery and resilience through culturally relevant practices that meet the needs of diverse populations.

Join our efforts to amplify the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) in the New England region supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery of AAPI populations.

Celebrate innovation! In a "Round-Robin-style" of presentation, CBOs and local nonprofits in New England will showcase their goals, growth, outcomes, and visions for the future in their efforts to support the behavioral health needs of underserved populations.



Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS, is a nationally recognized leader, educator and trainer in the fields of Latino behavioral health recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation and cultural competence. She is currently the project Director of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

Taylor Bryan Turner is the Assistant Regional Director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she serves as part of SAMHSA’s leadership team and works to advance SAMHSA’s mission in the six New England States (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI & VT) and tribal nations.

Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 9 AM ET.

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September 28

The Wonder of Recovery Friendly Workplaces

In honor of National Recovery Month, our colleagues from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (Region 1) would like to highlight the important role of recovery friendly workplaces. Join them for this upcoming event.


The four major dimensions of recovery remain: Home, Community, Health and Purpose which have been critical pillars on the road to recovery. The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative promotes individual wellness by empowering workplaces to provide support for people recovering from a substance use disorder.


This initiative speaks to the strength and hope that Purpose provides, bringing meaningful daily activities such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and income, that helps to participate fully in society. The webinar will provide an overview of the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative; An IBEW perspective; Employer Involvement, Powerful Employee Testimony, and the important role of RFWs in Economic Mobility.



  • Taylor Bryan Turner, Assistant Regional Director, SAMHSA Region 1
  • Sam Lewandowski, Program Director, NH Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace
  • Greg Williams, North Country Health Consortium
  • Mark Bonta, Genfoot
  • Elaine Zimmerman, Regional Administrator, ACF
  • Jay Frasier and guest, IBEW
  • Everett Handford, Regional Director, HHS, Office of the Secretary, IEA Region 1
  • Closing by Shawn Cannizzaro 

Join us on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 1 PM ET.

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