Policy / Olmstead

Papers that explore the implications of the Olmstead Act, federal rules and regulations with regard to community participation in work and educational settings, and guidebooks for both state and county administrators with regard to promoting community inclusion locally.

Supporting Students: A Model Policy for Colleges and Universities

This 2007 monograph from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides a set of model policies for colleges and universities to use in responding to the complex issues raised by college students in crisis.  It suggests guiding principles and specific activities related to offering appropriate counseling and referral, assuring confidentiality, providing reasonable accommodations, making and ending leaves of absence, utilizing disciplinary procedures in a nondiscriminatory way, and educating and training university personnel.

Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses: Resource Guide and Suggestions for Practice

Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses: Resource Guide and Suggestions for Practice provides both a review of current research into the experiences of academic faculty with mental illnesses and a set of recommendations for academic administrators and colleagues to promote a more welcoming work environment in higher education.
This guide focuses on ways to make college and university campuses more accessible for faculty with mental disabilities. It provides concrete suggestions for creating a “culture of access” by offering effective strategies for promoting inclusive language, managing accommodations, and revising policies around recruitment, hiring, and leaves of absence. The recommendations in this guide are informed by a survey that gathered information from more than 300 self-identified faculty with mental-health histories. Completed by Margaret Price (The Ohio State University), Stephanie L. Kerschbaum (University of Delaware), Mark Salzer (Temple University) and Amber O’Shea (Temple University), this survey is the first of its kind and joins other key research projects sponsored by the Temple University Collaborative. The guide, authored by Price and Kerschbaum, can serve as a training manual on its own, or can be used as a basis for interactive workshops.

Behavioral Health Managed Care Entities: Important Partnerships in Promoting Community Inclusion

This toolkit suggests a dozen practical strategies that behavioral managed care companies (BHMC) can use to facilitate the participation of service participation in the life of their communities, and provides readings and key resources  for the BHMC’s to use in these initiatives – including revised mission statements, staff training options, program evaluation tools, etc.

Community Participation and Inclusion: Shifting Perspectives on Quality Measures

This monograph reviews recommendations from the Temple UniversityCollaborative that encourage the behavioral managed care industry, as well as federal, state, and local mental health administrators to systematically assess the community participation needs of service recipients and the success of provider agencies in meeting those needs


What is the Olmstead Decision & How does it Affect Me?

The brief brochure provides essential information for mental health consumers on the Supreme Court decision that provides the basis for community-based care and community inclusion: targeted to consumers, the document explains the Olmstead decision and the impact the decision has had on the development of community integration initiatives.


If I Have a Psychiatric Disability, Will Health Reform Help Me?

Developed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, with support from the Temple University Collaborative, this fact sheet from 2009 discusses the proposed health reform legislation and its likely impacts on adults with psychiatric disabilities and potential improvements to mental health services across the country.

Will Health Care Reform Affect Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities?

Developed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, with support from the Temple University Collaborative, an analysis of the bills passed in Congress in 2009 and how their enactment could affect adults with psychiatric disabilities.


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 University Collaborative 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.

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.


NYAPRS 5th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation: Presentation Summaries

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (www.nyaprs.org) held their 5th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation on April 23 – 24, 2009 in Albany, New York. This groundbreaking seminar focused on promoting “A Life in the Community.” Sessions were held in three tracks: Service Transformation, Integrated Care, and Community Integration.


Community Inclusion Policy Development Webinar

Mental Health American and The Temple University Collaborative held a webinar on April 4th, 2016 to announce the recent publication of two new documents designed to assist behavioral managed care companies and their county and state partners in mental health service delivery in promoting community inclusion policies, programs, and practices for individuals with mental health conditions.

Transcription and slides available!

Jump Starting Community Inclusion

The Temple University Collaborative presents a one-hour webinar detailing ten key strategies to promote effective community inclusion policies, programs, and practices that can be used by state, county, and provider community mental health services. The presenters, who have a broad background in research, training, and consultation in the field – share their decade-long experiences in facilitating the recognition, definition, and attainment of community inclusion outcomes for individuals living with serious mental health conditions. Drawing on specific examples of their work across the country in developing organizational capacities to promote community inclusion, the webinar introduces participants to the strategies they can use to assist their service participants in framing satisfying and sustainable engagement in community life.

The script for the webinar can be found here, and the slide here.

25th Anniversary of the closing of Byberry Institution

Byberry State hospital was one of many institutions which housed individuals with mental health conditions. People housed in these state hospitals were notoriously subjected to appalling treatment, isolated from the public, and exposed to poor living conditions. June 2015 marks 25 years that Byberry State institution has been closed.



link to info graphic on the American's with disabilities act

American’s with Disabilities Act

link to info graphic on olmstead

Olmstead vs. L.C.


link to meme on agency coordination

Agency Coordination

link to meme on americans with disabilities act


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Social Security