Annual Consumer Conferences

UNIFY! ACT! THE TIME IS NOW!
APRIL 22-23, 2016
SACRAMENTO

Brain Sala, Deputy Director Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and County Behavioral Health Directors Associations

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Fisher

Goals of the Statewide Conferences

  • Provide knowledge to behavioral health clients
  • Provide advocacy skills and experience to behavioral health clients
  • Mutually engage consumers and political/policy leaders with each other
  • Enhance statewide and regional networking of clients
  • Work on organizational issues at a membership meeting

A measure of the success of the Conference is if attendees leave feeling that they are not alone, that they are connected to a state (and national) advocacy movement, and that they feel energized and empowered to go back to their communities to do the work that is needed.

PHOTOS

SOCIAL MEDIA VILLAGE

Day at the Capitol

DayAtTheCapitol2

HOWIE THE HARP AWARD

The individual receiving The Howie T. Harp Award will be announced and awarded at the Consumer Conference. It is our way of acknowledging …

  • A) Self-Identified Consumer
  • B) Statewide leadership in furthering the goals of the consumer movement in advocacy and/or services;
  • C) Longtime service.
IMG_2933
Photo Courtesy of Sally Zinman

Howie The Harp was a legendary leader of the client movement in California and the nation. Howie started the first consumer run organization in the United States, the Insane Liberation Front in Oregon. He went on to start drop-in centers in New York and California. His work was primarily focused on advocating for homeless and poor people with mental disabilities. The movement lost him too early as he passed away at the young age of 42, but not before he left a lasting imprint on the peer/consumer community. Along with a handful of tremendous pioneers he set a trajectory for peer-run services and peer/consumer advocacy that we continue today. The Howie T. Harp award was initiated by our predecessor, California Network of Mental Health Clients.

 

Reaching Across: Mental Health Clients Helping Each Other EBook by Sally Zinman, Howie the Harp, and Su Budd.

 

IMG_2932
Photo Courtesy of Sally Zinman

HOWIE THE HARP ADVOCACY CENTER

Location: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd 12th Floor NY NY 10027 – Central Harlem
Howie the Harp Advocacy Center (HTH), a peer-run program, prepares people in mental health recovery for employment in Human Services.