Description of the California Network of Mental Health Clients
The California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC), a solely consumer-run organization whose membership consists of affiliates and over 1500 individuals, is the formal advocacy statewide voice for California's mental health consumers.
CNMHC represents the voice of the mental health consumer and as such is a critical participant, stakeholder, and advocacy agent in all statewide mental health policy processes. CNMHC also lends critical support to self help and mutual support groups and programs throughout the state.
CNMHC provides services statewide and locally. It provides services to consumers of mental health services such as trainings, networking, conferences, policy advocacy, education, and information. CNMHC also provides vital training and education to those individuals and systems that come in contact with individuals with mental disabilities. For example:
CNMHC has also developed innovative concepts and activities that have influenced both California and national mental health delivery systems. For example:
Underlining all of our local and statewide activities, CNMHC is unique in providing three essential services to California:
CNMHC is the sole voice of a community of individuals that are directly and continuously affected by policy decisions. This community knows first hand what works and doesn't work. Without our input, California cannot have an effective or quality public mental health system.
The CNMHC provides an advocacy voice for mental health consumers at the state level, with the goal of promoting choice and self-determination, and services that meet the self-defined needs of consumers.
CNMHC provides Self-Help, Peer Support, and Consumer Networking that is one of the most effective ways to assist individuals in attaining and maintaining recovery and no longer needing to use high-end services - possibly not needing to use services at all.
Activities provided through a self help and mutual support vehicle, whether indirect or direct services, are constantly modeling and supporting client empowerment and recovery.
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