In Georgia, peer providers bring lived experience and a focus on recovery to the behavioral health workforce.

The Powell Building faces a grassy quad with a pecan grove, lined on either side by red-brick buildings with white pillars and porches. The paint is peeling, windows are boarded up or agape with broken-out glass, but the grass stays neatly mowed. At its peak in the late 1950s, Central State Hospital—once called the Georgia Lunatic Asylum—housed more than 12,000 patients, making it the largest such facility in the world.

Its decay reflects the fundamental transformation of mental health care from institutional to community-based services. Georgia has been at the forefront of this change—as the state at the heart of the groundbreaking Supreme Court case, Olmstead v L.C., brought by two women with mental illness and developmental disabilities. In 1999 Olmstead established the right of people with disabilities to receive state-funded services in the community.

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Gregory Fortunato
MHP Goes International!

We are very flattered that the Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living for Manitoba, Canada and his team sought us out to talk about mental health, addictions and peer specialist support services while they are in Philadelphia for the BIO International Convention.  

We enjoyed the exchange and look forward to more conversations with them about addressing mental health and addiction needs on both sides of the border.

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NAMI Walk

Thank you to Lauren Flynn, our Bucks and Montgomery County Division Director, and everyone that joined Team MHP for the Nami Walk on Saturday!

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Janine Weeks
We Want Your Feedback!

On behalf of iNAPS, a national workgroup has developed a proposed definition for peer support specialist to submit for federal standard occupational classification through the US Department of Labor. The draft of this definition was presented at the Annual Conference in December and we received much valuable feedback.

We are asking you to complete this short survey regarding the proposed definition so that we can move forward with submission.

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Janine Weeks
Gonzalez Named 2019 Recipient of Individual Artist Fellowship

WILMINGTON, DE — Nearly eight years ago, Geraldo Gonzalez was frustrated that people didn’t take his art seriously. He’d faced rejection and misunderstanding with his technicolor drawings of public transit vehicles. Eight years later, Gonzalez has exhibited art at the Delaware Contemporary, the Delaware Art Museum and many other local venues.

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Janine Weeks