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cnmhc regional website as a self help recovery advocacy and overcoming stigma tool

CNMHC regional website as a self help, recovery, advocacy and overcoming stigma tool.

PowerPoint presented

With some time for Q&A—90 minutes long

target audiences of this presentation
Target audiences of this presentation

Are individual consumers, consumer-run businesses and consumer advocates.

Attendees do not need any special knowledge of internet but should be familiar with the computer and using email.

about the presenter
About the presenter:

Chuck Hughes is a consumer activist based in Santa Barbra. He has served consumers on MH, MHSA as well as Community based organizations panels and committees. He is also the current web manager of the CNMHC South Region, CNMHC Far South Region and CNMHC Far North websites and the web master of a number of consumer Yahoo Groups.

At South Region meeting ‘08

At protest and rally in Los Angeles, January 16, 2009

after completing this workshop attendees will be able to
After completing this workshop, attendees will be able to
  • Understand reasons and benefits of using the CNMHC regional sites as advocacy and recovery tools.
  • Have the skills to orchestrate and strategize your advocacy efforts as well as networking with an audience of your peers on the CNMHC interactive web site.
be able to quickly and easily
Be able to quickly and easily:
  • find CNMHC Regional sites on search engines.
  • navigate and find useful information on CNMHC Regional sites.
  • enter content on CNMHC Regional sites
  • use South Region discussion forums
  • add events to calendar
  • suggest page content and corrections
you will also learn to
You will also learn to:

navigate south region findingourvoices Y!G discussion group

  • Join and leave Y!Gs
  • set mail options
  • send messages
  • access group futures:
  • Archived messages,
  • Attachments
  • Files
  • Photos
  • Database
  • Chat
the importance of cnmhc using the internet just why does sr need a web site

The importance of CNMHC using the internet….just why does SR need a web site?

Information is key to empowerment…

Most expect to find information online….Information that consumers seek….Many now turn to the Internet first…

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About Trilogy; hosting company for our web site

CNMHC South Regional Internet site is a highly interactive, single information place where Mental Health consumers, can go to easily access a wide variety of important information. The resources in this "virtual community" include a fast, comprehensive Consumer/Survivor Resource Directory; links to pertinent Web sites from across the nation; comprehensive, easy-to-use consumer message boards; a political advocacy tool; and many others.

Network of Care is sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with county governments and Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc

who uses the internet
Who uses the Internet

More MH Clients are online all the time……

Consumers, Activists and Advocates

Van networking with peers at Santa Barbara’s Peer Recovery Center

“With over 60% of Wellness Centers now having Internet access and 40% of Consumers having been online for more than three years, the Internet has become a mainstream Advocacy and information tool.”

more consumers now have access to computers than ever before
More consumers now have access to computers than ever before

Retail markets are becoming saturated with old desktop and laptop computers, many Wellness Centers and Recovery Centers are providing computers to their clients. Advocacy support centers funded through MHSA also provide computer access.

Most states now have consumer Empowerment web sites. Soon, CNMHC will have consumer interactive websites for each region.

reaching consumer survivors
Reaching Consumer/Survivors

Regional interactive web sites like the South can be global meeting place where clients from all parts of the region can come together.

When thinking about reaching people, we can’t ignore the computer.

how to find cnmhc south site
How to find CNMHC South site

Using the term “cnmhc”

On Google add the term “south”

Will also place SR on the top 3 returns

Will place SR on the top 3 returns


Search CNMHC south region

bookmark it
Bookmark it!

Once on your site depress key F-6

Then click on down arrow for a drop down bookmark menu

home page

The network of care header is on most South Region pages.

Second line boldly proclaims our region

There is a Google search box on most South Region pages

There is a row of links to all the South Region pages

There is a link on all pages to the Clients network main site

There is a photo aggregator that randomly changes photos very time the page is loaded

There are also links to LACCC, Ventura and Santa Barbara consumer sites

The most Important News Alerts are posted on this page


First line is our organization name

There is also a index of consumer Empowerment opportunities

There is a description of who we are and lings to local whither

now for the rest of the home page
Now for the rest of the home page

Clicking on an Empowerment Alert link will take you to more details of the alert

At the bottom of the home page are two more aggregators; on the blue one you can scroll through recant post on our FOV news group

On green are the lasts dispatches from Sharon Kuehn, CNMHC Executive Director

There is also a link that will take you to a form to submit corrections to this site at.

navigating the pages
Navigating the pages

On the left hand side of each page are rows of links leading to more informative pages packed full of useful information.

A MH news aggregator

With link to braking news

Links to current local and national Consumer advocacy article and issues

Information about national forums that you need to know

empowerments alerts page
Empowerments Alerts page

Brief descriptions with links to information of Empowering events that you can apply for funding to attend.

the position papers page
The Position Papers page

Such as if you clicked on the MHSA Workforce Education and Training (WET)link a PDF doc like this one will come up

Has links to many of the CNMHC position papers. Clicking on a link will bring up a document file of the position paper.

on our mhsa page

Full text of the Mental health services Act

MHSA Status Report

The CNMHC Clients taking the lead PwoerPoint Tutorial

Information for Clients and Survivors to attend State-level MHSA Meeting, links to the official MHSAOAC

On our MHSA Page

Contact information for Delphine Brody, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Director of the California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC),

Includes; a historical presentation preceding MHSA

California Mental Health Services Act - Five Years and more MHSA information.

training and resource pages
Training and Resource pages

On The resource page is a list of trainings sponsored by the CNMHC with links to contact information

On the Unique Resources page are links to online free trainings by the University of Pittsburgh

Information about how to seek funding to attend the conference

"Successful leaders have thecourage to take action whileothers hesitate."

With links to free online Supercources on how to be an Effective Advocate

message boards page
Message Boards page

Link to South Region Message boards on

Network of Care

Any one that lands on this South Region sit can participate on this NC message board

Link to our very own South Region Yahoo! Group called Finding Our Voices

Only those who are pre approved can post on Finding Our Voices on Yahoo! Groups

A participant button


Message board on SR Website

Each Topic has its own page

The first message is on top

Replies are indented & listed below the original message

New subjects are listed below in chronological order & are un-indented


South Region’s Finding Our Voices on Y!G

You can get there by linking from South Region site or by use the search term cnmhc on Yahoo! Groups

You can read informative messages that other have posted with out joining. However to send messages you must first Join Y!Gs and FOV group.

You join by clicking on the join button.

how to enter content on the south region site
How to enter content on the South region site!

This is a participate button

Look for this bottom on some of the pages. It allows you to inter events on the sits calendar section and participate on South region Discussion boards.

After clicking on the participate you get a sigh in box

New users click New User tab

new user registration form
New user registration form

New users to a Network of Care are required to fill out and submitting a registration form only once.

If you forget your pass word a new one will be emailed to you by Network of Care.

You may create a personal profile that others can see.


This form should take less than 2 minuets to fill out and submit


After joining Network of Care you can participate on the South Region website members must fill out one more form before you can add content on the South region site.

This form should take less than 30 secants to fill out

policy settings
Policy Settings

The South Region website is currently set so consumer leaders, after being approved by regional Coordinator, may publish content directly to pages.

Leaders also have the ability to approve content that is suggested by other regional members.

On NoC websites only site administrators are allowed to add events to calendars.

In response SR uses a remote hosted calendar where all members can access and enter events on.

Anyone who lands on any NoC Message Boards are allowed to post messages

  • Additionally SR has there every own Yahoo! Groups discussion board that is limited to consumers.
to add content to a page click on edit this page
To add content to a page click on Edit this page

The same page will come up in editing format

say you want to add to the empowerment alerts on the home page
Say you want to add to the Empowerment Alerts on the home page

First you click on

Then you click on edit this page

Then you decide where you want the post to paper

Click where you want the posting to appear

Then click the done button it will take you to a layout page

click on a layout you want to use for your posting
Click on a Layout you want to use for your posting

Once you have clicked on the layout you want for your posting, the Publish Content page will appear.

Here you can publish your information to your layout, thus to your posting and your web site.

This page guides you through publishing your content through text entry fields.


Fill out the publishing form.Based on the layout you have chosen, a publishing form will be crated to allow you to type in text or upload images and files.

Enter text for your posting

Attach a fill to your posting

Enter a posting name

Enter a caption for your file

Enter a title

Click continue to view the posting you just made

Click done to take you to the page that you just entered a now posting on


South Region has two Calendars sections

One that all consumers can add content to and view

The other one that leaders can add events to that everyone can view

connecting with other cnmhc members in your area
Connecting with other CNMHC Members in your area….

When an event comes up in your county or region, any member can share that information online in minutes…

California Network of Mental Health Clients have developed regional interactive web sites.


South site is at: