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CNMHC Far North Region
About the California Network|
|Founded in 1983, the California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC) is the nationís
oldest statewide client advocacy group. Over the last twenty-five years the Network has become an integral part of the statewide advocacy system for mental health clients and is today a full partner in all aspects of mental health policy and planning.
Together, we prove that a diagnosis is NOT a destiny!
History of the Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Movement
The mental health consumer/survivor movement began almost thirty (30) years ago, perhaps not coincidentally, at the time of the beginning of deinstitutionaliztion.. Former mental patients began to meet together in groups without psychiatric professionals. These former patients shared their feelings of anger at their abusive treatment and hope for independent living. They began organizing to fight for their rights and to provide support for each other. A new civil rights movement began. Initially, this social change movement concentrated on direct political action and organized in autonomous, grassroots groups, connected only by one newsletter and once a year unfounded Conferences, in campgrounds and universities. In time, as our activities grew, we sought and received funding, mainstreamed so as to reach the millions of mental health consumers who knew nothing about empowerment, and centralized, such as beginning state wide organizations. Today, there are self-help, mutual support groups throughout the country, statewide client advocacy organizations in the majority of states, training Conferences such as the annual Alternatives Conference and countless county and state consumer conferences, national technical assistance centers, the beginning of research by clients about self help and mutual support initiatives, substantive client involvement in policy making and program development and implementation, clients as providers in the mental health system and at management levels, an advance in rights protections and proliferation of lawyers and others protecting our rights.
Purpose and Objectives|
|The objectives of the California Network of Mental Health Clients are:
To empower clients of the mental health system through self help groups and networking
To confront discriminatory attitudes about mental health clients in the public, the media, the
mental health system, and within mental health clients themselves.
To provide a strong voice by and for mental health clients; to be heard on all issues
concerning clients and public policies affecting them in government, the media, and the
To promote and instill the rights of clients in and out of treatment situations, with special
attention to the right to freedom of choice
About the Office of Self Help|
|The mission of the Office of Self Help is to instill self help and consumer-run services and self help principles as a core component of California's mental health system, and thus facilitate a recovery-based vision and individual recovery. CNMHC Technical Assistance and Support Center (TASC) provides the infrastructure for the California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC) to provide the centralized leadership and focus to move the State in this direction.
Activities of the Office of Self Help include:
1. Assessing the status of self help groups and programs and self help principles as they
currently exist throughout the state
2. Fostering self help services and groups throughout the state by providing technical assistance
3. Providing educational and training opportunities on self help programs and principles for
mental health, and mental health-related communities.
What We Can Do For You|
|Our Far North Region has two members on the CA Network of Mental Health Clients Board of Directors:
Kate Howe of Mendocino County
Perry G. Joshua Two Feathers Tripp of Mendocino County
Joyce Ott of Trinity County is our Region's Projects Coordinator
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