On Our Own, Together: Peer Programs for People with Mental Illness

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On Our Own, Together looks in depth at eight successful peer-run programs for adults with serious mental illness. The book grew out of a 1998 meeting that led off a nationwide study to assess not only the effectiveness of consumer-operated services programs but also their implications for the future of mental health care in the United States.
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It is refreshing to read a comprehensive text of success stories. The book is outstanding in its scope and vision for how these programs can help consumers enjoy more fulfilling lives in spite of limitations.
Psychiatric Services

This is a book like no other. The various examples of peer programs weave together to tell the larger story of how and why peer programs do work.
-William A. Anthony, Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826514653
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Clay has been a leader in the mental health consumer/survivor movement for over twenty years. Instrumental in founding three consumer-run organizations— the Portland Coalition in Maine, PEOPLE in upstate New York, and the PEER Center in Florida—she worked as a therapist for Windhorse Associates, an alternative treatment program, and was a founder of Altered States of the Arts.

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Table of Contents

1 About us : what we have in common 3
2 The historical and philosophical development of peer-run support programs 17
3 Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN), Santa Cruz, California 67
4 Portland Coalition for the Psychiatrically Labeled, Portland, Maine 92
5 The St. Louis Empowerment Center, St. Louis, Missouri 108
6 PEER Center, Inc. Oakland Park, Florida 123
7 GROW in Illinois 141
8 The Friends Connection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 159
9 Advocacy Unlimited, Inc., Connecticut 179
10 BRIDGES in Tennessee : building recovery of individual dreams and goals through education and support 197
11 Common ingredients as a fidelity measure for peer-run programs 213
12 With us : where are we going? 239
Epilogue : ourselves and others 259
App. A Guides to the text 261
App. B Common ingredients of COSPs, CAP definitions 273
App. C National directories 282
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    Something About Us

    This book is written by and for people who are consumer/survivors of mental health treatment. We have adopted the disability rights slogan, 'Nothing About Us Without Us!'. We are part of a movement to transform a failed healthcare system through peer support and advocacy. We seek to create programs 'on our own,' together with all people who aspire to help others as they help themselves.

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