Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center
Clearinghouse to host Alternatives 2004
The 19th annual Alternatives conference, the only national mental
health conference organized by and for mental health consumers and
survivors, will be held from October 13 to 17, 2004, at the Marriott
Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado.
The theme of Alternatives 2004 — “Achieving the Promise of Recovery:
New Freedom, New Power, New Hope” — was chosen to echo the title of the
report of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health:
“Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America.” If
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A national technical assistance center,Contacserves as a resource center for
and consumer-run organizations across the United States, promoting
self-help, recovery and empowerment. Contac was developed
utilizing research on ideal consumer self-help programs, successful
consumer-run programs, community support service philosophy about
service delivery, descriptions of mature mental health systems, and
management and leadership skills.
An exemplary state-wide
consumer-run organization, the WV
Mental Health Consumers Association
recognizes the need for
developing skills and supports necessary for the success of consumers,
ex-patients, survivors, and consumer-run organizations. Contac
utilizes continuous quality improvement methodology in order to direct
services to areas of greatest need. A Consumer Advisory Council and two
Technical Advisory Groups help provide hands-on guidance.
A United Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Driven Behavioral HealthCare
We believe that all people have the right to adequate
housing, food, clothing, education, healthcare and employment. These
rights must be guaranteed to all human beings irrespective of race,
class, color, gender, sexual identity, age, religion creed, national
origin, disability or ability to pay. We also believe that we must act
justly on behalf of people that have, or have had a mental or emotional
illness and insure the right and support to seek recovery from these
The Consumer Organization and Networking
Technical Assistance Center of the