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Mental Health Facts and Statistics for Mental Health Awareness Month

Facts & Statistics from Did You Know? •Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health) •Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. •Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999). ◦More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses. •People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do… Read More > Mental Health Facts and Statistics for Mental Health Awareness Month

Money Mondays: Wage Reporting-Myths, Tips, and Ticket to Work

Read this month’s Money Mondays blog post, Wage Reporting – Myths, Tips and Ticket to Work, to find out the truth about wage-reporting myths to help you avoid overpayments. Our guest blogger shares information that she’s learned while working with people receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Tips to help you write a cover letter!

From the Social Security Administration: Check out today’s blog post, A Better Cover Letter, to learn the basics of writing a cover letter. Find out what you should include and if you should disclose your disability. Earlier this week, we also shared tips for writing a resume that will get you noticed. Read our guest blog post by Paula Reuben Viellet of Employment Options Inc. to learn more.

Disability Resource Playlists for WIOA Practioners!

High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists. Each playlist is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners. Click here for access to the playlists.

MSP-CAN Youth and Family Conference still has available slots -May 26th-28th Register today!

Mountain State Parents Children & Adolescent Network (MSP-CAN) still has open slots for the 2017 “Better Together Youth and Family Conference” May 26th-28th! Click here for more information and an application to attend: Conference-Application.pdf 

Nationwide Career Fairs in May

Find out about career fairs happening throughout the country in May in our most recent blog post, Start Your Job Search at a May Career Fair. Attending a career fair, either in person or virtually, offers you the chance to meet employers and learn about job opportunities.

Assistive Technology for the Great Outdoors!

It is fishing and gardening season in West Virginia. Did you know that there is Assistive Technology that could help you enjoy these activities? The West Virginia Assistive Technology Loan Library and Exchange System has the following devices that are available to borrow, free of charge: • Fishing Poll Holder which makes the reel available for one hand operation. • Electric Fishing Wheel Drive with Toggle Switch is an electric Fishing Wheel Drive that allows for the full enjoyment of fighting the fish and feeling the pull without the hard work and tiring effort of cranking. • Fishing Poll Holder for Wheelchairs • Easy Up ATV Garden Seat by Vertex provides lightly padded seating; a handle to help a gardener get up and down; plus a small storage space under the seat for hand tools. • Easi-Grip Garden Fork • Bionic Classic Garden Gloves • Natural Radius Grip Ergonomic Trowel, and Bulb Transplanter, Shovel • Vertex Easy Step Edger Check… Read More > Assistive Technology for the Great Outdoors!

Fair Shake Network’s Spring 2017 Newsletter Available Now!

FSN Spring Newsletter 2017

Register Now! National Work Incentives Seminar Event Wednesday, May 24

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work for People with a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET If you are age 18 through 64, receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need! Join us on May 24, 2017, for the next WISE webinar. We will present information on the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives. We will also discuss: • The role of employment in your recovery; • The therapeutic, financial and social benefits of work; and • The importance of receiving long-term employment supports after you start working. Register online at or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY). You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Questions? Email us at or call… Read More > Register Now! National Work Incentives Seminar Event Wednesday, May 24