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Program Information
Program Name: West Virginia Leadership Academy
Agency Name: West Virginia Mental Health Planning Council
Year the Program was Started: 1970
Public Contact Person: Linda Pauley
Address: PO Box 1055
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Telephone #: (304) 460.2624
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy
Target Participants:
Families of Children, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $40,000-$70,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 3-5
Volunteers: 5-10
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: To provide advocacy and training to adult consumers and their families.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: University of Chicago
Program Mission Statement: The West Virginia Leadership Academy is a nationally recognized training program to enable people to take more responsibility in community planning and improvement. The original goal was to provide consumers of mental health services and family members of consumers with skills needed to assume a position of strong leadership in advocating for improvements in mental health services and supports. The Academy also provides a graduate support system, offers opportunities to apply skills in home communities, and collects data related to impact graduates have had.

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