Raising Our Voices
Founded in 1951 as an advocacy organization, the organization has worked to expand and protect the rights of people with mental health conditions and improve the systems that serve them. We know that effective policies are only created when all stakeholders play a part in the process, so we fight to make sure mental health is always a part of the conversation. We assist individuals with mental health conditions and family members to raise their voices and to make room for mental health at the decision making table.
Our systems advocacy engages people who care about behavioral health to have a voice in the process. We work with peers, family members, and allies in the community to fight for a system that better meets the behavioral health needs of our communities. We know that change IS possible, but only when we all lend our time, our energy, and our voices.
If you’d like to be part of building a better system, check out the opportunities below. Sign up for our Take5 Emails, join the Peer Advocacy Fellows, and lend your voice at one of our upcoming advocacy events. Together, we build a better world.
Our individual advocates, many of whom are in recovery themselves, use their expert knowledge of community support services to protect people’s rights, connect people to benefits, ensure people’s voices are being heard and respected, and connect individuals and family members with community resources. Please see below for a full listing of our individual advocacy services.
Service Innovation and Connection
The Advocacy Division also offers a number of innovative services. Our peer-run Warmline is staffed from 4pm - 7pm Monday through Friday by trained Certified Peer Specialists (CPS). Our Warmline operators are ready to help callers problem-solve or just lend a listening ear. Our CPS practicum offers an internship opportunity for recent graduates of the CPS program looking to gain hands-on work experience in the field. Our Information and Referral specialist will help callers to navigate a confusing and complex service system and get them connected to the most appropriate service.
Services offered include: