A free SAMHSA-sponsored training teleconference hosted by the SAMHSA ADS Center Peer-Driven Innovations: Changing Systems, Changing Lives — will take place on Thursday, September 27th 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The SAMHSA ADS Center writes: “Hear from two visionary leaders who are changing the face of healthcare service delivery – one a pioneer in the recovery movement and the other a forward thinking mental health administrator. Hear how Michigan has accessed and utilized Federal funds to train and develop a strong peer workforce within the State. Learn about the large-scale systems transformation underway in Delaware, a concrete example of what can be accomplished when a powerful and effective collaborative alliance between people with lived experience and a bold, visionary State mental health commissioner is established.  “One of the goals of the SAMHSA ADS Center (SAMHSA Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health) is promoting forward looking models that can be replicated. We invite participants to consider how what is working in one state can be adapted for use in other communities. “Please circulate to your contacts and networks to help us reach a nationwide audience of peers, providers, and other stakeholders interested in learning more about strengthening and expanding the peer workforce and finding ways for peers to take their rightful place at various levels in the mental health system as experts through knowledge and experience. “To read more and to register, go to http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/archive/training/teleconference09272012.aspx. Registration will remain open through September 27th and instructions for joining this training event are downloadable immediately from the registration confirmation page and e-mail registrants receive.”


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