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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

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Member Spotlight – Tammy Ozolins – VAPRA Keynote Speaker

By Tammy Ozolins To give you a basic back ground of myself, I was born in Buffalo, NY and then I moved to Richmond, VA. I have been living in Richmond for the past 12 years now. I have two parents, and four brothers (one is my twin). This is a summary of my story, for people to see you can live in r...

Member Spotlight – Marcus Cowgill of Computer Empowerment

I’ve had a great life so far, and my mental health has been part of the picture. I spent the first half of my 54 years as a student and eventually a researcher, earning a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology in 1992.  I had planned for a career as an academic or consultant, y...

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Recovery-Oriented Systems Conference 2016: Are We There Yet?

What a privilege to join VOCAL members and partners in policy, practice and advocacy last week for the 2016 Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Conference sponsored and hosted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ new-ish Office of Recovery Services. Are you on Faceb...

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