At our first meeting on July 28th, (see ‘Tri-County Metro-Area Consumer/Survivor/Peer Council Holds Its First Meeting’), we brainstormed about some goals we were interested in meeting. At our second meeting on Aug 25th, we made some important decisions about what our new Council would be like.
We chose an official name – ‘Tri-County Peer Council’. The word ‘Peer’ reflects an important ideal – that we all sit down at the table as equals, that we all have something to contribute, that we all will be listened to and respected.
The phrase ‘Tri-County’ also reflects an important principle of equality, between the three Counties our Council represents – Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas. We decided to have three co-Chairs, one from each County. We also talked about rotating our meeting’s location between sites in the three Counties.
We also talked about doing outreach to organizations of importance in the realm of Mental Health Advocacy, including ones that help prisoners transition back into society; the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Councils for the three Counties; faith-based organizations; and more.
Our Next Meeting:
When: Thursday, Sept 22nd 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.
Topics will include reaching consensus on our leadership; a discussion of peer delivered services; and getting input regarding Multnomah County’s Crisis Services.