Posted by admin2 on August 10th, 2011
On July 28th, 13 people who called themselves Peers, Consumers, or Survivors met at Mental Health America of Oregon to hold the first Tri-County meeting in twenty years (see ‘New Tri-County Metro-Area Consumer/Survivor Council Holds First Meeting on July 28’ for a little more background). We got to know each other a little, discussed some history, and spent some time setting some goals for the future, which included:
- Get more people involved, and get a more diverse group of people involved.
- Be an open group, where everyone is welcome at the table, and can bring their ideas. Be a group that can offer support to one another.
- Be able to promote our ideas at the County level, and be able to have an impact. We recognize that the Tri-County Portland Metro Area has a large part of the population of the state of Oregon, and can have a corresponding amount of influence.
- Have more Peers be hired by the traditional mental health system, and have those Peers use our vision to transform community mental health.
- Do a Tri-County Conference, covering a variety of topics, and bringing people from many communities together. Go out into neighborhoods, and talk with the community at large. Work in partnership with other organizations. Develop a media strategy.
- Be a part of the implementation of HB 3650 and the creation of the Coordinated Care Organizations, and how Mental Health & Addictions services are handled under them.
There is a lot of work ahead of us – including choosing an official name for our Council. If you would like to be a part of this Council, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Next Meeting:
We decided to continue meeting monthly, on the 4th Thursday of each month.
When: Thursday, August 25th 2011, starting at 6p
Where: Luke-Dorf’s Self-Directed Services Program, 2034 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon, 97232. The door is at the corner – just ring the doorbell.