organizational development

Cross Disability Collaboration: What Can We Accomplish Together?

For decades now, consumer organizations and the larger consumer movement have been advocating for the rights of individuals with mental health needs. Many strong advocates have worked to end stigma, increase opportunities to live and work in the community, and put individuals with mental illnesses in control of their own care. At the same time, …

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Contracting: Building Organizational Sustainability

Consumer organizations are constantly seeking ways to obtain revenue, expand their operations and ensure their long-term sustainability. One way to meet those needs is to enter into contracts to provide specific services. But how can a consumer organization go about entering into a contract? And what do they need to know about how contracts work? …

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Supporting Consumer Participation in Conferences

Every year, there are a wide variety of conferences, trainings and learning opportunities related to mental health, substance abuse, peer networks, trauma informed care, and other important behavioral health topics. These events typically invite the participation of consumers of behavioral health services, but unfortunately, there are some genuine barriers that can make it difficult for …

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Organizational Development: Getting your Nonprofit Status is Just the Beginning

The CAFE TA Center presents the latest edition of its Focus newsletter: Organizational Development: Getting your Nonprofit Status is Just the Beginning. Many consumers in communities around the country would like to start their own consumer organization, and that’s a really positive impulse. At the same time, there’s more to having a successful organization that …

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