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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

Virginia Mental Health Peer News

Contact Your Legislators Today!

Dear VOCAL Members and Friends: Governor Northam is calling Virginia’s legislature into a Special Session on Tuesday, August 18th to address budget shortfalls and to work on police and criminal justice reform. It is imperative to advocate for funding community-based behavioral health initiativ...

  • August 16, 2020

Statement in Support of Racial Justice

Dear VOCAL Members and Friends: Institutionalized racism in the United States is a public health crisis (Vestal, 2020). The widespread negative impacts of Living While Black in America cannot continue to be ignored by White Americans (Thurston, 2019). For the wellness of our community members—from...

  • August 6, 2020

Advocacy Announcement: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Your voice is needed before tomorrow, February 14, 2020 regarding barrier crimes legislation. HB1540 adds additional crimes to the list of barrier crimes for which an exception is available in the case of employment with an adult substance abuse or mental health program at community services boar...

  • February 13, 2020