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Program Information
Program Name: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Year the Program was Started: 1985
Public Contact Person: Sue Bergeson
Address: 730 N. Franklin Street
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone #: (800) 826-3632
Fax #: (312) 642-7243
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Homeless Outreach, Peer Support, Recovery Education, Support Group, 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: 20+
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
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? Sometimes
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: DBSA Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. John Rush has research showing that support group attendees have fewer hospital stayes and fewer episodes of mania and depression, and more medication adherence than those who do not attend support groups. All DBSA programs have an evaluation component. Most evaluations are conducted under the auspices of DBSA staff in consultation with members of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Program Mission Statement: To Improve the Lives of People Living with Mood Disorders By: 1) Increasing local grassroots organizations and expanding patient/family influence on local, state, and national policies and legislation. 2) Expanding acceptance, availability, and use of peers as critical to achieving recovery and wellness. 3) Developing and distributing products, tools, and services that empower people living with mood disorders and their families to achieve patient-centered, recovery oriented treatment. 4) Increasing DBSA funding by developing and marketing products, tools and services and by expanding other development efforts. 5) Enhancing patient-centered research, inclusion of peer support in treatment protocols, and recognition of DBSA's expertise in the ethical treatment of participants in clinical trials for mood disorders. 6) Positioning DBSA as the leader in providing medically and scientifically accurate and patient-centered information necessary to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.

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