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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

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...


Speaking up for smart policy

With so much heartbreaking violence in the news, mental health policy is getting more attention. It’s a shame it takes a crisis — especially a crisis that might not be linked to mental health care at all. Understandably, many of VOCAL’s members have contacted our staff, asking “what ...