Consumer Run Organization Definition

(In regards to the consumer run programs page)

“An organization that is controlled and managed by mental health consumers and is dedicated to improving mental health and recovery support services to be consumer-driven by enhancing consumer participation and voice in systems change. A consumer-controlled organization must have a board of directors comprised of more than 50 percent consumers who are individuals with serious mental illness and/or have received services from the public mental health systems as a result of a diagnosis of mental illness.” (Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Statewide Consumer Network Program, Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No. SM-16-002, November 16 2015.)

“A peer-run organization was defined as a program or organization in which a majority of persons who oversee the organization’s operation and are in positions of control have received mental health services. Peers must constitute a majority of the board or advisory group, and the director and a majority of staff, including volunteers, must identify as peers or consumers.” Leadership and Characteristics of Nonprofit Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations Nationwide.”         ( Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D., M.P.P., and Stephania L. Hayes, M.A., O.T.R. Psychiatric Services in Advance, February 2, 2015; doi: 10.1176/appi. ps.201400080.)

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