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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.

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VOCAL Network

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

VOCAL Network


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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

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 ...


Peer Perspective: Speaking up about Self-Injury

By Lydia Wilson, VOCAL Staff (lydia /at/ Heads up: This note might be triggering for some, not sure. Let me encourage you it ends with hope! We all find many ways to process overwhelming emotions. Screaming at the trees? Entire pint of ice cream? Can anyone relate? Sure, I know I...

Speak Up! Transformative Enough?

A chance to weigh in on the direction of Virginia’s mental health system. Comments due by February 29th. This request for feedback comes from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS): Since, October 2014, the Transformation Teams have been collaborating to develop...