Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR

This webinar, held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, provided the background, tips and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity.

As states and communities across the nation look for new and innovative ways to sustain and grow SOAR, local community resources are often overlooked.

Consumer/peer-run organizations are one of the most invaluable yet overlooked assets in our service system. Operating in most communities across the country, these organizations have a history of providing excellent services to people with behavioral health issues.  

This webinar provided the background, tips and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity. Speakers included representatives from SOAR initiatives operating within consumer/peer-run organizations. Webinar participants gained firsthand knowledge from consumer/peer-run organizations that are already obtaining great outcomes using SOAR.

Presenters:

  • Matt Canuteson, Project Associate at SAMHSA's SOAR Technical Assistance Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc. in Delmar, NY
  • Brian Smith, MA, Housing Program Administrator, PATH State Contact and SOAR State Lead at Vermont Department of Mental Health in Montpelier, Vermont
  • Cara Coleman, MA-LPC, Homeless Grant Coordinator/Supervisor at Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
  • John Mills, CPSS, Homeless Outreach & Services Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
  • Ben Busfield, CPSS, Housing and Mental Health Court Peer Support Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health, in Allegan, Michigan
  • Josh Black, PATH Program Manager at Capital Recovery Center in Olympia, Washington
  • Joann McCann, CPSS, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan
  • William Doub, Supervisor, Community Housing, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan

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