Edward Duff – trauma after natural disasters – Joplin tornado a year later

How to fix trauma after natural disasters

Edward Duff is a Joplin tornado survivor and has an incredible story about trauma after natural disasters. Joplin is about three days by bike or three hours by car from Kansas City. On May 22, 2011, 5:41 pm, Joplin was hit by a huge tornado that wiped out an entire half mile by one mile strip of the city and damaged up to 70% of the buildings in other parts of the city. Edward says, “The worst thing about that tornado was in the aftermath, we’d be walking around what used to be

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Solution based advocacy part 2: The distress model points to complete recovery

Or which solution based advocacy rabbits we’re not chasing any longer……

We’ve been working with various strategy advisors lately as well as learning from many different points of view. We premiered our solution based advocacy approach on Martin Luther King Day. Stephanie Zamorra from Kansas City Sourcelink is one of the best small business development professionals in Kansas City. She heard my business idea right on day 1 of the Fast Trac entrepreneurship training program and told us to focus. She said, “You know the saying, ‘He who chases two rabbits doesn’t eat.’ ”

Lately we’re figuring out which rabbits

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Selling Peer Support Agencies to Flinty Republicans

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Peer Support Agencies Fit Republican Values and Save States Money

In 2003 the Peer Support Agencies in New Hampshire faced a 60% budget cut. This is story of how grassroots advocacy restored that funding by showing how our programs save the state money. This story is extremely urgent today as Kansas almost lost funding for their peer support agencies, which are called Consumer Run Organizations, or CRO’s.

Kansas did lose all funding for their statewide network of people in recovery, which coordinates a national recognized advocacy training called the leadership academy, a truma-informed care grant, and the annual recovery conference.

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Forced confinement vs. community living: it’s about morals, not money

People with disabilities faced forced confinement in many situations and are rapidly filling nursing homes

Marca Bristo fought along Justin Dart to help pass the Olmsted Act to prevent forced confinement

The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice has threatened to sue the state of New Hampshire where people are allegedly facing forced confinement in nursing homes. These are people with mental illness labels who are are medically able to live in the community. If true, the state is violating a federal law that says people with disabilities must be housed in the least restrictive

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6 lessons for mental health advocacy from the Google Gigabit Challenge Finale

What Psychiatry and Mental Health Advocacy can learn from the Google Gigabit Challenge Finale in Kansas City

Our business, Wellness Wordworks, was nominated as a semifinalist for Google’s Gigabit Challenge. Our mental health advocacy business plan creates care so efficient that people in distress can pay for it themselves. Wellness Wordworks’ product/service plan will use a video call in support line employing people who have moved beyond their diagnoses to help others get unstuck. We’ll also help people increase their online presence and get online for the first time. Our video based call in line will be a favorite resource

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Paul Cumming: Solution based advocacy, our dream on Martin Luther King Day for the mental health community

Since this is Martin Luther King Day, we are printing Paul Cumming’s suggestions to Wellness Wordwork’s founder Corinna West in this guest blog about solution based advocacy. These suggestions were made via phone and several Facebook conversations. It’s always good to have a mentor.

Video of Paul Cumming tallking about Network of Care:

(Although this TV reporter does start with some disease language, Paul is one of our fans of using a distress based approach.)

Often the people that are talking the loudest about problems have the fewest solutions, because people with solutions are busy building their answers and

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New Hampshire Could Reduce Costs by 1/3 by Lowering Nursing Home Care

How most states could quit confining people and cut mental health care costs by 1/3

This is an expansion of Corinna West’s blog on Please Cut our Budgets, We’ll Tell you How. One of the main problems in mental health care is the outdated assumption that institutional care confining people away from the community is best.

Chris Hansen, fighting against confining people. She's a collaborator with Shery Mead, sporting a "You Bet I'm Noncompliant" T-shirt at Alternatives 2010 in Pasadena, CA.

In New Hampshire, it has come down to a lawsuit. The Civil Rights Division of the US Department

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