Directory of Consumer Driven Services
Program Information
Program Name: California Network of Mental Health Clients
Year the Program was Started: 1984
Public Contact Person: Elizabeth Ellison
Address: 9300 Tech Center Drive
Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95826
Telephone #: (916) 233-2897
Fax #: (916) 443-4089
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Other
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 3-5
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: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Technical assistance for peer-run and self-help organizations; public education on policy issues that impact our members; letter-writing and testimony to legislators and decision-makers; peer participation on boards and committees that make recommendations to policymakers; interviews in the media;cross-disability coalition; systems-change advocacy; anti-stigma research; public education and systems change advocacy; anti-discrimination advocacy to honor people who lived and died in state mental institutions; education, training and technical assistance to promote peer employment in the mental health workforce; cultural competence training; client culture training; community-based and participatory research.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: The purpose of the California Network of Mental health Clients is to support and encourage mental health clients to live at the highest level possible while enjoying full civil and human rights.
Additional Information: The primary objectives and purposes of the California Network include, but are not limited to: a) empowering clients of the mental health system through self-help groups and networking statewide; b) confronting stigmatizing attitudes about mental health clients in the public, the media, the mental health system, and within mental health clients themselves; c) providing a strong voice of, by, and for mental health clients, to be heard on all issues concerning clients and public policies affecting them in the government, the media and the community; d) promoting and instilling the rights of clients in and out of treatment situations, with special attention to the right of freedom of choice; e) promoting employment of persons who have received mental health services in a range and variety of careers of their choices, including the public mental health system.

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