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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2010, Volume 18, Number 1 

Remembering Judi Chamberlin, Mental Health Consumer Advocate

Judi Chamberlin, a courageous advocate for the fundamental rights and dignity of people with mental illnesses, died in January at her home in Boston. She was 65 years old.

Ms. Chamberlin was part of the SAMHSA-funded and NIH-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Center at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

photo of Judi Chamberlin

"SAMHSA joins with others in expressing our sorrow over the loss of mental health champion Judi Chamberlin," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "Her legacy will live on in the work of the individuals that she inspired to stand up and speak out to bring needed change to mental health systems around the Nation and the world."

Ms. Chamberlin helped found the National Empowerment Center—a SAMHSA-funded national technical assistance center to foster peer support services. She also co-authored the landmark 2000 National Council on Disability’s report: From Privileges to Rights: People with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves.

Obituaries in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe as well as a tribute on National Public Radio tell the story of a woman who was energetic in promoting the tenets of mental illness recovery: self-determination, respect, peer support, and, most importantly, hope.

pull quote from Judi Chamberlin’s blog

Through her writings, speeches, and personal advocacy, Ms. Chamberlin championed "psychiatric survivors." By emphasizing her message of hopefulness through individual and collective action, she showed that people with mental illnesses can overcome the challenges that face them.

"Judi Chamberlin rightfully challenged everyone—individuals, providers, and care systems, including SAMHSA—to foster greater consumer/survivor choice and voice," said A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). She was unflinching in her efforts to ensure that "Nothing About Us, Without Us" was not just a mere slogan, but was ultimately the standard policy and practice, Ms. Power added.

"Like Dr. King and other civil rights leaders, Judi Chamberlin provided us with a vision for the future—a future in which a particular diagnosis or label does not define the worth of an individual," said Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Associate Director for Consumer Affairs at CMHS.

"It is incumbent on us to honor Judi Chamberlin’s life and legacy by redoubling our efforts—in communities across the country—and strengthening our commitment to ensuring that this vision becomes a reality," said Administrator Hyde.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  

Parity: Landmark Legislation Takes Effect




  Suicide Prevention   
Grantee Highlights

Grantee Highlights

Read about activities at Tufts University and Penn State Altoona.


  A Visit to SAMHSA  

  Underage Drinking  
Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

An interactive way for families to discuss the dangers of underage drinking.

State Prevention Videos

State Prevention Videos

Videos describe unique challenges and successes.


  This Emotional Life  
PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

Web site includes toolkits for parents and military families.


  Teens & Young Adults  
Violent Behaviors among Teen Girls

Violent Behaviors & Teen Girls

You may think only boys get into fights. Think again . . .

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Does turning 21 affect the amount of alcohol young people drink?


  Treatment Roundup   
Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services.

Providing E-Therapy

Providing E-Therapy

Considerations for providers incorporating technology into treatment!

Heroin Admissions

Heroin Admissions

Find out about adolescents who received treatment for heroin use.



  Recovery Month  
Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

Updated Recovery Month Web site includes new theme, Web banners, and a blog.



  In Memoriam  
Remembering Judi Chamberlin

Remembering Judi Chamberlin

SAMHSA honors a courageous advocate for the fundamental rights and dignity of people with mental illnesses.



  Also in This Issue  
National Registry Offers New Feature

National Registry Search

Evidence-based programs and comparative effectiveness.

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

More people over age 50 are using illicit drugs.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Call for applications due April 9.

Community Prevention Day

Community Prevention Day

Prevention professionals gathered for the annual event.




  


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