The first issue of the Center for Community Support and Research’s quarterly electronic publication, News and Notes, is now available.
It includes information about evaluating 22 Early Childhood Block Grant programs from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet grant, facilitating community leadership teams through Healthy Communities
Initiative grant from the Kansas Health Foundation and implementing leadership projects with early childhood organizations in Kansas. It also contains details about the Certified Peer
Specialists' support and training offered throughout the state.
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A former colleague, Louis Brown, PhD, published a video, "Making it Sane" which received third place at the 14th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action (SCRA). Brown
began the compelling documentary as part of his dissertation when he was working at the Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR).
Brown has gained national recognition for his work with self-help support groups, chairs the SCRA Interest Group on Self-Help Groups (co-founded by Lou Medvene & Greg Meissen, both WSU professors), recently authored a new policy for the American Psychological Association recognizing the impact of self-help groups, has written two books and published a number of journal articles. Brown won the SCRA Early Career Award at the SCRA Conference based on his excellent work started at WSU and has continued on at Johns Hopkins, Penn State, and the University of Texas. Currently Brown is assistant professor with the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health.
"Making it Sane" chronicles the lives of four people with mental health problems, their recovery journeys, and their collaborative operation of a nonprofit called the P.S. Club. Short for P.S. I love you, the P.S. Club provides a supportive atmosphere where people with mental help problems can socialize, make lasting friendships, and work towards improving the lives of all people with mental health problems. The documentary provides insight into both the challenges people with mental health problems face and their ability to collectively overcome these challenges.
Brown can be reached here.
Dr. Tara Gregory and Bailey Blair wrote a blog for the American Evaluation Association – regarding their research with YLinK (Youth Leadership in Kansas). To read about how they honored what the members love about their groups as they also moved them toward best practices for positive youth development/leadership, click here.
Image to the right is a Wordle graphic for responses to: "What are youth in charge of in this group?"
Peer Consultation and Support is a service of CCSR's Mental Health Initiative. This service is available to:
Recovery in the real world: Sumner Mental Health Center provides a Community Garden which helps people get in touch with their inner strengths, connect to the community and give back. For the rest of the story follow this link.
The publication also includes information about the upcoming 2013 Kansas Recovery Conference (Phoenix Rising...Triumph over Trials), the new look of CPS 101, a request for your CPS success stories and an article on the recent makeover at Valeo Behavioral Health in Topeka.
Nancy Jensen, peer educator at CCSR, had her story published recently. Jensen’s book, The Girl Who Cried “Wolf!” is written about her recovery which happened when she was working
at CCSR. Also contributing are Nathan Swink, PhD and Greg Meissen, PhD.
The book is the heroic story of Nancy Jensen’s journey through mental illness to recovery. Raised in small-town Colorado Nancy learned early to depend on church support. A challenging family life combined with further challenges in school left her searching for God and family elsewhere. Her search led her to Newton, Kansas, where she found a home first in a communal church before spending just over a year at Kaufman House.
Kaufman House was supposed to be a great and progressive place for mentally ill. It was not. When she tried to blow the whistle, she found that no one believed her. She was the girl who cried “Wolf!” Almost 20 years later Arlan and Linda Kaufman were taken to trial. With the help of Nancy’s testimony the federal government found both guilty.
Since then Nancy has worked to pass a law preventing such oversight in the future, received the prestigious Voice Award, and is currently a member of the Sedgwick County Mental Health Advisory Board. After a lifetime of mental illness she has taken control of her treatment including eliminating medications and dropping-off government support in order to work full-time.
In 2012, the Center for Community Support and Research assisted over 100 Kansas-based nonprofits, community coalitions and government agencies to better fulfill their mission. Excellence. Integrity. Capacity Development. Partnering. Here is a link to the rest of the Annual Report.
Also included is a quote from Dr. Bardo, president, Wichita State University, “Wichita State is not just a university in a city, it’s a university of the city—and no organization better reflects that position than the Center for Community Support and Research. CCSR’s assistance to government agencies, nonprofits and community coalitions helps organizations better fulfill their missions so that they can chart the course for a bright future in Wichita.”
Wichita State University's Center for Community Support and Research has restructured its management.
The following is a list of several new positions and the management structure at CCSR.
Seth Bate – director of leadership development
Amy Delamaide – director of community and organizational development
Tara Gregory – director of research and evaluation
Randy Johnson – director of mental health initiatives
Heather Perkins – director of operations and finance
Kevin Bomhoff – director of strategic development
Scott Wituk – executive director
CCSR helps individuals, organizations and communities with leadership development, organizational capacity building, community-based consulting, research and evaluation and through its Mental Health Consumer initiative.
In 2012, the center helped more than 100 Kansas-based nonprofits, community coalitions and government agencies.
CCSR researchers have been working with the Reno County Crime Reduction Task Force to review data and involve the community in crime reduction planning. CCSR's Steve Williams facilitated a community input session in Hutchinson last week, described in this article from the Hutch News.
Tara Gregory, PhD, is the primary evaluator for the project.
Revisiting the site of Trauma: According to Christine Young and Nancy Jensen, revisiting the site of traumatic experiences is about honoring experiences and moving through them, not moving past them. Here is the pdf file for the rest of this article and others in the latest issue of the CPS newsletter. It also includes the dates for the 2013 Kansas Recover Conference, upcoming CPS training dates, an article on the Olmstead decision and information about the youth organization -- YLinK.
The photo to the right is the Kaufman House located at 321 W. 7th, Newton
The Center for Community Support and Research has been chosen as the evaluator for a $2.4 million Community Transition Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Greater Wichita YMCA on behalf of the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita. The Health and Wellness Coalition is one of 40 recipients of this grant in the U.S. The Community Transition Grant is targeted at impacting the health and wellness of the Wichita community through addressing nutrition, physical activity, obesity and tobacco use. CCSR, which worked closely with the YMCA and the Health and Wellness Coalition to assist with the grant application, will use a multi-method approach to evaluating such coalition efforts as: 1) developing master bike and pedestrian plans to encourage physical activity, 2) enhancing a breastfeeding in the workplace initiative, 3) providing mini-grants to food pantries and soup kitchens for the purchase of refrigerators for healthy perishable food storage, 4) working with farmer’s markets to provide Electronic Benefits Transfer machines that will provide greater access to healthy foods for low-income persons, 5) funding signage for local parks and community housing sites regarding prohibition of tobacco use in those areas, and 6) assessing the need for healthy foods across various areas of the city.
CCSR Director Scott Wituk commented, “The Health and Wellness Coalition includes over 75 organizations, businesses, and schools who are committed to promoting physical activity and healthy eating in the Wichita area. They have been doing great work for years and this grant highlights their growth and accomplishments. We are happy to play a small role in this community effort.”
For more information about CCSR’s evaluation, please contact CCSR’s research and evaluation coordinator, Tara Gregory at 978-3714 or email@example.com
The report of a Statewide Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Summit is available.
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Over 100 people representing mental health service providers, consumers, clergy, and other community stakeholders attended the statewide Summit on Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery which was held at the Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center on April 24. Participants engaged in a productive series of dialogs facilitated by the staff at the WSU Center for Community Support and Research.