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MHAC Welcomes CAYEN Project Coordinator
Marisol Beas

We are excited to announce our newest team member,  Marisol Beas,C alifornia   Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN), Project Coordinator. Ms.  Beas' skill set, leadership and experience are all assets to our team. Ms. Beas has previously applied these qualities at the California Department of Public Health, Reducing Disparities Project, California Black Media Company, La Familia Counseling Services and as a member of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Youth Innovation Committee.

Start Fresh: 6 Tips For Emotional Well-Being In 2020            
Looking for more tips like these to make your New Year's resolution stick? Whatever your goals, we have insights that can make it a little easier for you to achieve them. Here are six "life recipes" for good mental health from research that NPR reporters covered this year.
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Does Self-Direction Work?

Some policymakers, providers, and family members are skeptical that people with serious mental health conditions are capable of self-direction. These perceptions get in the way of not only the broader adoption of self-direction but also the rights of individuals to pursue meaningful, independent lives in the community.
Here, we share findings from independent, nonpartisan evaluations of self-direction efforts-including our own evaluation, the Demonstration of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health-to help dispel these misconceptions.

Request for Information

Input on the draft National Institute of Mental Health Strategic Plan for Research
The deadline to submit feedback on the 2020 NIMH Strategic Plan for Research has been extended through January 15, 2020. We look forward to receiving your feedback to help guide the future of mental health research efforts and priorities at NIMH.

How to Submit Feedback

Members of the public are invited to provide comments through January 15, 2020.
NIMH Strategic Planning Team
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6200, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663


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