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WRAP Train-the-Trainer comes to SW Virginia

The Family and Consumer Support Services Committee of the SWVA Behavioral Health Board is pleased to announce that Mary McQuown, REACH Director, will conduct a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Train-the-Trainer session for Far Southwest Virginia consumers of mental health services during the week of December 12th-16th, 2005 in Bristol, VA. WRAP allows consumers to develop their own course of strategies to obtain a personally meaningful recovery from mental illness, drawing on identifying what works when well and what is required in a time of setback. REACH is a program of VOCAL - Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership.

 There will be 2 consumers from each of the 6 CSBs in the Far Southwest region for a total of twelve. All expenses for the consumer participants will be covered by funds from the Committee. On October 4th, 2005, “Implementing Recovery in Your Community” took place in Abingdon, VA with 194 consumers and staff in attendance. Recovery principles and pathways, including an overview of WRAP were presented by Mary McQuown, REACH program Director. This level of commitment and support is the latest example of advocacy by the regional Family and Consumer Support Services Committee, the SWVA Behavioral Health Board, its member CSBs, state facilities and consumer/family members.

Following up on a previous report of the Camp IMPACT (Involving Mental health Professionals And Consumers Together) retreat in Radford, VA that was attended by 49 participants representing all 12 clubhouses in the region, the 6 CSBs and the SWVMHI, this intensive and productive event was followed by an “Action on Camp IMPACT” meeting the following month in Marion where recommendations for change and strategies to achieve them were discussed. Recommendations were made that would impact individual consumers, clubhouses, CSBs, regional and state level services. The SWVA Behavioral Health Board received this report at its August 2005 meeting. At the October 2005 Board meeting, Camp IMPACT participants made presentations and discussed these recommendations for local, regional and state advocacy and change. There were numerous items discussed but there is a common thread that ties them all together; empowering consumers in the community and health care system in meaningful ways that promotes wellness and recovery focused plans of care.

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