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Program Information
Program Name: West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association
Year the Program was Started: 1987
Address: 713 Bigley Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
Telephone #: 1-800-598-8847
Fax #: (304) 342-6090
Email Address: None
Website URL: www.wvmhca.org
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Technical Assistance
Target Participants:
Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 20+
Paid Part-Time: 10-20
Volunteers: 20+
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: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To promote consumer driven recovery oriented services, and to build a network of consumers in West Virginia, and around the nation
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: WVMHCA IS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION ORGANIZED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING THE RIGHTS, REPRESENTATION, RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONSUMERS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING, FOOD, CLOTHING, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYMENT. THESE RIGHTS MUST BE GUARANTEED TO ALL HUMAN BEINGS IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, CLASS, COLOR, GENDER, SEXUAL IDENTITY, AGE, RELIGION, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY. WE BELIEVE THAT WE MUST ACT JUSTLY ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE, OR HAVE HAD A MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL ILLNESS.
Additional Information: The principal office of WVMHCA is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. WVMHCA serves as a vehicle for building a statewide network, providing peer support, and expanding the participation of consumers in all aspects of the public mental health system. The Consumer Affairs Office staff is responsible for monitoring all projects and providing technical support to the field offices. WVMHCA also operates the Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC), a national peer self-help TAC, assists in mental health system transformation by providing skill-building opportunities fostering consumer/peer-run programs, specifically in areas of recovery and grassroots program administration/management, emphasizing self-help, mutual support, and empowerment. CONTAC del Oeste, our western states office, is located in Santa Cruz, NM. WVMHCA also operates peer run projects that provide Housing, Education, Transportation, Peer Support, Drop-In Centers, and other supports to assist an individual to be successful and satisfied in their community of choice.

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