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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.

Vision

Community Transformation

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

Mission

Systems Transformation

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

Values
"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

VOCAL REACH

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

VOCAL REACH

VOCAL Co-OPP

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

VOCAL CO-OP

VOCAL Advocacy

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

VOCAL Advocacy

Virginia Mental Health Peer News

Your Mental Health Acronyms Cheat Sheet

Do you need help decoding the many acronyms and abbreviations used in meetings and communication about mental health? Your cheat sheet has arrived. This list was created for those of us who would like to participate in meetings where so much lingo is used that it almost sounds like an entirely new l...

  • February 23, 2017
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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...

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Photos from Advocacy Day 2017

Advocacy Day may be over, but the work to speak up in favor of recovery-oriented mental health policy continues! Learn more about VOCAL Advocacy here: https://vocalvirginia.org/speak-up/ View an album of photos taken by I’Esha Hornes here: http://bit.ly/mhadvocacy17 Here’s a recap of the...

  • January 30, 2017