We need REAL Change in Mental Health Policy, Not the Illusion of Reform

“Early intervention and prevention, assessable and patient-focused services with a rehabilitation orientation and increased funding for the community supports needed for successful recovery are the tickets to system improvement. The bill has some of these components (like early intervention) but neglects others (like prevention). It ignores major trends in healthcare that emphasize meaningful patient involvement.” – Read more from David Shern, Ph.D. from The Campaign for Real Change in Mental Health Policy

Professional Support and Development for the Recovery Community (PSDRC) Meeting Announcements

Please join us for professional support and development meetings for those working within Virginia’s peer recovery community.

We welcome those with lived experience who are pursuing (or aspire to pursue) a career in the professional peer support workforce, regardless of certification status, field of focus, or work location. This includes Peer Support Specialists, Peer Recovery Coaches, WRAP Facilitators, etc.


Tuesday, December 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
On Our Own of Roanoke, 429 Elm Ave SW #100, Roanoke


Thursday, December 3 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuckahoe Library Conference Room, 1900 Starling Dr, Henrico
Speaker: Calendria Jones of Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Topic: Working as a Peer Recovery Specialist within a Community Service Board


Share your skills and expertise with your fellow peer supporters. PSDRC is looking for peer specialists and recovery coaches to present a short (45-60 min) presentation, workshop or exercise that addresses a topic in the 4 domains of:

1. Advocacy (Examples: Self-advocacy, Peer Support, Person-Centered Language, etc)
2. Mentoring/Education (Ex: Role Modeling, Empowerment, Conflict Resolution, etc)
3. Recovery/Wellness Support (Ex: Self Care, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths-based Approaches, etc)
4. Ethical Responsibility (Ex: Peer Drift, Cultural Competency, Boundaries, etc)

Please contact Danielle Donaldson if you have a topic/workshop that you would like to present!

In each meeting, we will take the time to introduce ourselves and network informally. Then, the group facilitator(s) will moderate two discussions. The first hour will be a discussion or presentation focusing on professional development topics; the second hour, a discussion supporting the successes and challenges of working in peer support services. Please feel free to come for either or both portions of the meeting. We will also make time at the end for special announcements.

Share your knowledge and experience with others in your field, expand your professional network, and provide support to your fellow members of Virginia’s peer recovery community. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to Danielle at danielle.donaldson@mhav.org or 804.257.5591.

The mentally ill need a voice and most times unfortunately it can’t come from their loved ones but thankfully it can from agencies such as yours. Thank you.- Anonymous