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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

VOCAL Network

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

VOCAL Network


"Recovery Education and Creative Healing:" Find tools & trainings for finding & sharing wellness.



"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.

VOCAL Advocacy

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Virginia Mental Health Peer News

Virginia Peer Specialist Certification: What’s Next?

From the Becky Sterling, DBHDS Office of Recovery Services, by e-mail on Feb. 4, 2016 — Virginia Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Virginia provides a single Peer Recovery Specialist Certification for both Mental Illnesses and Substance Use Disorders. People who are in recovery ...


Trauma-Informed Care for Organizations?

Thankfully, public systems in Virginia are educating professionals and peers about the lasting effects of trauma on individuals’ mental health.  Trauma-informed care treatments help more than harm, and we can’t adopt them soon enough. Fight, flight or freeze: Our bodies physiologically ...

Comment open for VA’s Human Rights Regulations

Ok, VOCAL! Another opportunity to speak up! Virginia is reviewing the regulations meant to protect the rights of peers receiving services from the state and state-licensed or funded agencies. The long, full name of these are the “Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Servic...