Lessons Learned from Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants Achieving Consumer and Family –Driven Systems and Services. Carol Bianco Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Albany, NY [email protected] Strategies for Engaging Consumers, Family Members and Youth Stakeholders.
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Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Systems transformation efforts must involve at all levels and in all respects the active participation and leadership of people in recovery and their loved ones. Besides offering hope and role models for the possibility of resilience and recovery, this community possesses the primary source of wisdom about recovery. According to the New Freedom Commission vision, individuals in recovery, with service providers, will actively participate in designing and developing the services they need and use
Transparency and communication
Regional Organizing Initiatives (ROIs)
Outcomes so far……
Administered mini grants and developed toolkit to directly involve mental health consumersand families in various aspects of evaluation, including:
CFY Advisory Council to Transformation Working Group
A training curriculum on leadership skills was selected, refined, and offered repeatedly throughout the state to the parents of children with emotional/behavioral difficulties.
Helps people in recovery from diverse cultural backgrounds obtain employment at all levels of the behavioral health
Received approval as a SSA Ticket to work vendor
Provides employment coaching and consultation to providers
60-hour advanced training and certification program for peer recovery supporters
Upon successful completion of the course and the certification examination, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists (RSS)Connecticut Addressing BH Workforce shortage and consumer unemployment