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Program Information
Program Name: On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1992
Public Contact Person: Mike Finkle
Address: 1521 South Edgewood Street
Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21227
Telephone #: Toll Free 1-800-704-0262
Fax #: (410) 646-0264
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Recovery Education, Technical Assistance
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 5-10
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Advocacy for human rights and consumer driven mental health systems of care through partnerships with consumers, administrators, providers, family members etc. Training consumers and the community in mental health and recovery principles and practices. Reducing stigma. Sustaining a network of mental health consumer-operated organizations.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Statewide evaluation of all consumer-operated organizations (26) in Maryland. Areas of focus included: peer support and recovery, financial management, and overall nonprofit management and development. Empirical research study conducted proving the effectiveness of On Our Own of Maryland's Anit-Stigma Project which provides training and education to all within the health care arena on stigma and mental health.
Program Mission Statement: On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., a statewide mental health consumer education and advocacy network, promotes equality in all facets of society for people who receive mental health services and develops alternative, recovery-based mental health initiatives.

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