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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


Updated: DMAS releases draft Peer Support Regulations

Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance has released a draft of regulations for Medicaid-billable peer support for  mental health and/or substance use disorders. The distribution was dated Friday, February 10th at noon (see below) and there was a week for advocacy partners to review and g...


Organizing and Activism: Are they the same?

This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how change gets made. Journalists joke about the process of reporting as “How the sausage gets made” –  a visual, smelly reminder that creating something can be messy. That final newspaper article or radio broadcast looks or sounds p...

Peer Recovery Specialist certification extended

Virginia peers who want to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialists have until the end of 2016 to qualify under the current standards. Here is the news directly from the state’s liaison with the certification board, in an email dated April 5th: “In collaboration with DBHDS Office of ...