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Personal Transformation

VOCAL impacts personal lives through networking peers to each other, sharing stories of hope, and offering leadership and recovery training.


Community Transformation

VOCAL impacts communities by outreach to determine unmet needs, convening workgroups, and networking peers regionally.


Systems Transformation

VOCAL impacts mental health support systems through advocacy, researching innovative solutions and networking peer-run programs.

"VOCAL offers people opportunities to see peers that have overcome obstacles and reached milestones in life, which they may not realize someone with a disability can achieve. Gives them hope in their own lives." - VOCAL Member

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Connect with peers in recovery around Virginia -- more than 2000 VOCAL members statewide.

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"Coalition Of Peer-run Programs:" Networking and resources to sustain peer-run programs.


VOCAL Advocacy

Learn how to speak up for services you need & unite with peers for systems change.

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Virginia Mental Health Peer News


Recovery-Oriented Systems Conference 2016: Are We There Yet?

What a privilege to join VOCAL members and partners in policy, practice and advocacy last week for the 2016 Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Conference sponsored and hosted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ new-ish Office of Recovery Services. Are you on Faceb...

Joint Subcommittee on Mental Health in the 21st Century

The Subcommittee met on August 22nd to discuss community readiness to adopt to the CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic) model. Virginia was the recipient of a planning grant from SAMHSA. Of the states who received planning grants only half will apply to for certification. Virginia re...

Member Spotlight – Elie Elis – Mother, Artist and Friend to Unusual Dogs

Editor’s note: I met Elie at her studio in Richmond where the walls were painted in vivid colors. If you’ve seen her walking her dogs you would know that she has a love for color πŸ™‚ She isΒ  also a passionate voice for human rights. VOCAL asked her to share a little about herself and h...

  • August 8, 2016