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"DON'T DENY ME" CAMPAIGN

EQUAL ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION TREATMENT SERVICES IS YOUR RIGHT

The 2008 Federal Parity Law requires insurers to cover illnesses of the brain, such as depression or addiction,
no more restrictively than illnesses of the body, such as diabetes or cancer.

As rates of suicides and overdoses continue to climb nationwide, mental health parity is more important than ever. Unfortunately, many insurers are still not following the law.

WHY IS PARITY IMPORTANT?

 Too often, people can’t get the help they need because of insurers’ overly aggressive managed-care techniques. Confused and overwhelmed with treatment costs that insurance won’t cover, many give up and suffer in silence. It is time to break that silence and shine a spotlight on a system that oppresses those with mental health and addiction challenges. Parity is now a human rights issue; it is time to demand change. Review the fact sheet to learn more.

IS YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY BREAKING THE LAW?

Insurer violations of mental health parity laws can take many forms, including placing limits on how long and how often patients can receive care, providing insufficient networks of mental health providers, and more. Most people are unaware that a parity violation has even occurred. If you know what to watch out for, you will be better equipped to assert your rights. Click this fact sheet to learn more about common parity violations and other important parity issues.

TAKE ACTION

Learn to File an Appeal – Insurers count on the fact that most people will not appeal denied claims or make an effort to challenge suspect managed-care practices. This is unacceptable. By learning to file an appeal, you will be taking the first step to holding your health plan accountable for equal access to mental health and addiction treatment services. Get started…

Register a Complaint Against Your Health Plan – We must pressure elected officials, insurance commissioners, and attorneys general to enforce parity laws. The best way to do that is through data illustrating what families face each day. No one chooses to have a mental health or substance use disorder. Don’t tolerate discrimination. Access to care is your right. Get started…

LEARN MORE

What are Parity Rights?
Video from The Kennedy Forum

The System We Need
Video from The Kennedy Forum

Filing an Appeal Based on a Parity Violation
Issue Brief from The Kennedy Forum

Does your insurance cover mental health services?
Consumer guide to mental health parity from the American Psychological Association

Mental Health Insurance: Get the Whole Picture
Video from American Psychological Association

Get Help for Addiction: How to Find Quality Addiction Treatment
Patient guide to finding quality treatment from Center on Addiction

Pathways to Care: Treating Opioid and Substance Use Disorders
White paper and toolkit from the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare.

Resources

Coming Soon - Currently Under Construction

 

RECOVERY RESOURCES

To find information about mental health recovery related resources for Iowans, Choose a Category BelowSearch by Keyword, or Contact us for Help.

Agencies

Includes Iowa Agencies, Service Providers, and Wellness Recovery Centers.

Recovery Tools

Includes items related to creating your wellness toolbox.

Health & Wellness

Includes items related to Holistic Health, Exercise, & Nutrition.

Peer Support & Support Groups

Includes: Peer Support and information regarding Support Groups in Iowa.

Education & Conferences

Includes: Continuing Education, Conferences, and Seminars offered in Iowa.

In April, the Iowa Chapter of the Iowa (PRA), Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), and Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR) co-sponsored a one-day conference entitled Recovery Across the Lifespan. The goal of the conference was to bring together stakeholders in psychosocial rehabilitation where collaborations and partnerships could be built, the vision of recovery could be strengthened, knowledge and expertise in the field could be shared, and the realization that recovery for people of all ages is possible and could be promoted and understood as an integral component of mental health, recovery and wellness for everyone in Iowa.

The event was well attended, and over 60 people were able to participate in the event. For those of you who missed the event as well as those who attended, we have included the presentations that we received from the speakers. The presentations are provided below as a downloadable PowerPoints OR as viewable in your web browser PDFs.

Keynote speaker – Dr. Veronica Carey [Powerpoint or PDF]

Breakout sessions

A. Lila Starr – Trending Topics in mental Health and Aging [Powerpoint or PDF]
B. Diane Johnson – The Art of Raising Resilient Children [Powerpoint or PDF]
C. Finding a New Purpose - Tools for Recovery - Panel [Link to External Website with Presentation Information]

MCO Representatives Panel [n/a]

Breakout sessions

A. Recovery Through Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation (IPR) presentation [n/a]
B. Lila Starr – What is PASRR (Preadmission Screening and Resident Review) and Why Should I Care? [Powerpoint or PDF]
C. Angela Wacher – Making the Transition to Adulthood Smooth for Youth with Mental Illness [Powerpoint or PDF]
D. Teresa Bomhoff - Utilizing Advocacy Skills to Obtain What You Need [Powerpoint or PDF]

Keynote speaker – Soldier/Doctor Jon Kerstetter [n/a]

 


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OR

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION OF FLYER and MANUAL APPLICATION


 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:45am - 5:15pm

Plymouth Congregational Church

4126 Ingersoll

Des Moines, IA

Sponsored by:

Iowa Chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA)

Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)

Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR)

 


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CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

To bring together stakeholders in psychosocial rehabilitation where collaborations and partnerships can be built, the vision of recovery can be strengthened, knowledge and expertise in the field can be shared, and the realization that recovery for people of all ages is possible and can be promoted and understood as an integral component of mental health, recovery and wellness for everyone in Iowa.    

INTENDED AUDIENCE

Care Managers/Disability Coordinators, Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Peer Support Specialists/Supervisors, Social workers, Substance Abuse Counselors, Individuals with Lived Experience, Nurses, Family Members, Advocates, Criminal Justice Professionals, Case Managers, County/Regional/State Stakeholders, Elected Officials, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners, Veterans, Psychiatrists, MCO employees, Policy Makers, IHH Providers, Government Agencies, and anyone interested in recovering from a mental illness.

 

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

8:45am-9:15am      Registration

9:15am-9:45am      Opening - OCA info/PRA info/housekeeping

9:45am-11:00am    Keynote speaker – Dr. Veronica Carey

11:00am-11:15am  Break

11:15am-12:30pm  Breakout sessions

                             A. Lila Starr – Older Adults

                             B. Diane Johnson – The Art of Raising Resilient Children

                             C. Tools for Recovery Throughout our lives - Panel

12:30pm-1:15pm    Lunch

1:15pm-2:15pm     MCO Representatives Panel

2:15pm-2:30pm     Break

2:30pm-3:45pm     Breakout sessions

                             A. Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation (IPR) presentation

                             B. Lila Starr – Preadmission Screening and Resident Review -PASRR

                             C. Angela Wacher – Making the Transition to Adulthood Smooth for

                                  Youth with Mental Illness

                             D. Teresa Bomhoff - Utilizing Advocacy Skills to Obtain what You Need

3:45pm-4:00pm     Break

4:00pm-5:15pm     Keynote speaker – Soldier/Doctor Jon Kerstetter

 

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

 Carey

Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP

 

Psychiatric Rehabilitation offers unique perspectives and approaches for assisting people in recovery to achieve desired outcomes. Recognizing the need to focus on psychiatric rehabilitation principles across the lifespan promotes growth that is germane to each area of a person’s life, and Dr. Carey will discuss the need to recognize the importance of applying recovery principles and practices across the lifespan for individuals who utilize behavioral health services.

 

 

 

Soldier/Doctor Jon Kerstetter, MD, MS, MFA, FS

 

Dr. Kerstetter will provide conference attendees a combination of a medical doctor’s perspective with that of a patient’s perspective on the topic of brain injury and subsequent cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. Kerstetter is both the doctor and the patient in this case, and the perspectives gained from each role add a unique insight to the prospect of Recovery across the Lifespan.

 

Early bird registration due by April 1, 2016 is $75.00  This includes free membership to PRA and IAMHR for those who want to join. Early Bird for current PRA and IAMHR members is $40.00.  

Full registration fee for the conference due by April 14th, 2016 is $85.00. This includes free membership to PRA and IAMHR for those who want to join.   Full registration fee for current member of PRA or IAMHR is $50.00.

Same day registration will be $100.00.

 

People with lived experience requiring financial assistance please fill out the attached stipend request form instead of the registration form and return by April 1, 2016.

 

Registration includes beverages, lunch and an afternoon snack.

 

CEUs and Certificates of Attendance will be available at no additional cost.

If you would like to obtain CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance.

 


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Questions

Ann Wood

Recovery Across the Lifespan

3140 Wilson Ave. SW, Unit 2

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 319-551-3857

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery across the Lifespan

Save the Date!!!

“Recovery across the Lifespan”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 9:30 am – 5:15 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA

Featuring: Veronica Carey, PhD., MHS, CPRP as Keynote Speaker

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Also, representatives from Iowa’s MCOs in a panel discussion on recovery and their organizations’ support of recovery

More topics include: children, transitioning youth, veterans and older adults. Soldier/Doctor Jon Kerstetter, MD. as Afternoon Keynote

Registration information coming soon!!!

 

Questions? Contact Cindy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Annie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sponsored by:

• Iowa Chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

• Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery

• Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs

Payment

Thank you!  Your transaction has been completed, and a receipt for your purchase has been emailed to you. You may log into your account at www.paypal.com to view details of this transaction. Also, a copy of your registration confirmation has been sent to your email.

Be sure to check your junk folder.

    - Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery

Copy of Forum Rules

Forum Rules


Although we believe individuals who post on the IARecovery.org website will be able to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism that is supportive, here are some basic guidelines.

You agree:

• Not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned.
• That the webmaster, administrators, and moderators of this website have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. If you post, you agree to any information you have entered being stored in a database. This information will not be disclosed to any third party without your prior authorized consent.
• The IARecovery.org website is for mutual support and information sharing only. Unless otherwise noted, copyrights of individual messages are owned and retained by their original poster. Unauthorized use or reproduction of any material found on the website is strictly prohibited without prior authorization of the copyright holder. A valid email address is required to complete your registration and authorization to provide content on the website. Only one member account per individual. People registering more than one account may lose all accounts on the website.

Examples of inappropriate Content

This is, first and foremost, a place for collaboration and support. That means if your message isn't about working together or supporting one another, it's potentially not appropriate for our website. Specifically prohibited from our community:

• Advertisements of any sort. Informational links are allowed
Messages meant to intimidate or harass others
• Threatening or profane messages
• Messages discussing a private message (PM) from others
• All administrative issues
• Copyrighted materials that you do not own the rights to
• Messages containing or condoning illegal acts.

When in doubt about appropriate content, contact any moderator before posting questionable material. While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not IAMHR, the administrators, moderators or Webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

Use of Intellectual Property

Who owns what I write here? If you are the author of a posting, you are giving explicit permission for IAMHR to reproduce your post on our site, as per our Terms of Use. Can I post other people's images and photos I found on the Internet here? Generally, photographs and images on other sites are copyrighted and cannot be used in the forums without the express permission of the author. Please do not post images or photos from other websites without first obtaining the author's permission. Any such copyrighted material will be removed without notice. Exception: logos or pictures of resources that link directly to another to the website or place the resource may be purchased will be allowed.

Who are the moderators here and how do I contact one?

Please feel free to contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please report questionable content by flagging it. IAMHR Staff/Moderatores will then review it and make a decision on whether the post is appropriate or not.

Please Note: The first 5 New members' posts are moderated to help reduce inappropriate content and spam in our forums. That means you may not see your new post show up immediately until reviewed by a moderator.

Copy of Terms of Use

Terms Of Use


You are registering for a free Iowa Advocates Community Account in order to participate in our Forums. Please read through the Terms of Use carefully. The resources made available by IAMHR on this Website are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

If you have a mental health crisis and in need of emergency assistance - call 911

By Using this website you are agreeing to this disclaimer and terms of use.

This Website does not contain or represent a complete listing of all the mental health services available or appropriate. While every care has been taken in the preparation of the information, due to the nature of the website, the information may not be complete, correct, or up to date. IAMHR does not promote, recommend or endorse any particular service, test, procedure, product, or course of treatment listed or discussed in this Website.  In no event will IAMHR be liable for any loss or damage of any kind, sort or nature arising out of, or in connection with, your use or reliance of the Website or any of the information contained in the Website. Any reliance you place on any information in the Website is therefore strictly at your own risk. 

IAMHR and the providers of any of the information in the Website make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, or suitability with respect to the Website, any of the information contained in the Website, or the information contained within any sites linked to the Website.  The inclusion of any links in the Website does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views, information or content expressed within the links. In addition, IAMHR is not liable or responsible for information or content on sites that are linked to the Website.

Users of this Website are cautioned that this Site is not intended to provide mental health advice about any specific condition, or treatment for any specific condition.  Users of this Website are strongly encouraged to call or see a mental health professional with any related questions.  Users of this Website should never disregard or delay mental health advice or treatment based on something they may have read on this Website. 

Please seek immediate professional help:

• If you have thoughts of killing (or otherwise harming) yourself or others;
• If you are gravely disabled (unable to care for yourself or those in your care);
• If you are abusing substances or have an addiction;
• If you or someone else is in any danger of harm;
• If you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or suspect you have one;
• If you or a loved one are in need of an intervention.


Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Instructions (Part 2 of 2): Please Read Through Forum Rules and Click "I Accept" at Bottom

Although we believe individuals who post on the IARecovery.org website will be able to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism that is supportive, here are some basic guidelines.

You agree:

• Not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned.
• That the webmaster, administrators, and moderators of this website have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. If you post, you agree to any information you have entered being stored in a database. This information will not be disclosed to any third party without your prior authorized consent.
• The IARecovery.org website is for mutual support and information sharing only. Unless otherwise noted, copyrights of individual messages are owned and retained by their original poster. Unauthorized use or reproduction of any material found on the website is strictly prohibited without prior authorization of the copyright holder. A valid email address is required to complete your registration and authorization to provide content on the website. Only one member account per individual. People registering more than one account may lose all accounts on the website.

Examples of inappropriate Content

This is, first and foremost, a place for collaboration and support. That means if your message isn't about working together or supporting one another, it's potentially not appropriate for our website. Specifically prohibited from our community:

• Advertisements of any sort. Informational links are allowed
Messages meant to intimidate or harass others
• Threatening or profane messages
• Messages discussing a private message (PM) from others
• All administrative issues
• Copyrighted materials that you do not own the rights to
• Messages containing or condoning illegal acts.

When in doubt about appropriate content, contact any moderator before posting questionable material. While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not IAMHR, the administrators, moderators or Webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

Use of Intellectual Property

Who owns what I write here? If you are the author of a posting, you are giving explicit permission for IAMHR to reproduce your post on our site, as per our Terms of Use. Can I post other people's images and photos I found on the Internet here? Generally, photographs and images on other sites are copyrighted and cannot be used in the forums without the express permission of the author. Please do not post images or photos from other websites without first obtaining the author's permission. Any such copyrighted material will be removed without notice. Exception: logos or pictures of resources that link directly to another to the website or place the resource may be purchased will be allowed.

Who are the moderators here and how do I contact one?

Please feel free to contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please report questionable content by flagging it. IAMHR Staff/Moderatores will then review it and make a decision on whether the post is appropriate or not.

Please Note: The first 5 New members' posts are moderated to help reduce inappropriate content and spam in our forums. That means you may not see your new post show up immediately until reviewed by a moderator.

Terms of Use

Terms Of Use

Instructions (Part 1 of 2): Please Read Through Terms of Use and Click "I Accept" at Bottom

You are registering for a free Iowa Advocates Community Account in order to participate in our Forums. Please read through the Terms of Use carefully. The resources made available by IAMHR on this Website are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

If you have a mental health crisis and in need of emergency assistance - call 911

By Using this website you are agreeing to this disclaimer and terms of use.

This Website does not contain or represent a complete listing of all the mental health services available or appropriate. While every care has been taken in the preparation of the information, due to the nature of the website, the information may not be complete, correct, or up to date. IAMHR does not promote, recommend or endorse any particular service, test, procedure, product, or course of treatment listed or discussed in this Website.  In no event will IAMHR be liable for any loss or damage of any kind, sort or nature arising out of, or in connection with, your use or reliance of the Website or any of the information contained in the Website. Any reliance you place on any information in the Website is therefore strictly at your own risk. 

IAMHR and the providers of any of the information in the Website make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, or suitability with respect to the Website, any of the information contained in the Website, or the information contained within any sites linked to the Website.  The inclusion of any links in the Website does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views, information or content expressed within the links. In addition, IAMHR is not liable or responsible for information or content on sites that are linked to the Website.

Users of this Website are cautioned that this Site is not intended to provide mental health advice about any specific condition, or treatment for any specific condition.  Users of this Website are strongly encouraged to call or see a mental health professional with any related questions.  Users of this Website should never disregard or delay mental health advice or treatment based on something they may have read on this Website. 

Please seek immediate professional help:

• If you have thoughts of killing (or otherwise harming) yourself or others;
• If you are gravely disabled (unable to care for yourself or those in your care);
• If you are abusing substances or have an addiction;
• If you or someone else is in any danger of harm;
• If you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or suspect you have one;
• If you or a loved one are in need of an intervention.


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