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.