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Program Information
Program Name: In Our Own Voice
Agency Name: NAMI Connecticut
Year the Program was Started: 2003
Public Contact Person: Dan Fischer
Address: National Alliance on Mental Illness
241 Main Street, 5th Floor
Harford, CT 06106
Telephone #: 800-215-3021
Fax #: 860-882-0240
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: None
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? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To eradicate stigma of mental illness
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Additional Information: Our program has grown tremendously. The coordinator is a consumer who works with 10-15 consumers. We give presentations to schools, agencies, hospitals, clubhouses, support groups and many more telling our stories including segments of dark days, coping, treatment, acceptance and successes, hopes and treatments. We have a video that goes along with the presentation. We have been in operation for three years and have had well over 200 presentations touching thousands of people throughout Connecticut. We receive wonderful feedback on our evaluations from family members, consumers, professionals, students and more.

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