MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROGRAM
All services are designed to promote PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT by assisting individuals in accessing information, developing skills and strengthening supports that are essential to improving self-esteem, confidence and the ability to advocate for themselves.
Learn to cope with issues specific to disability or general issues pertaining to social, family and other situations. Identify barriers, violations of rights, inadequate services or unmet needs; then learn how to address these issues when they affect you. You will have the opportunity to speak from an equal level with a peer who has a MH disability and has experience in navigating the system.
Learn how to organize with others to initiate new services, necessary legislation or other changes that improve our community.
Work with an advocate to follow up on complaints, organize relevant meetings, review options for problem resolution, teach individuals to speak on behalf of themselves and accompany individuals to meetings or appointments with other service providers.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING
Work with an advocate to learn skills that enhance independence. Skills may include budgeting, household management, nutrition, scheduling and keeping appointments, obtaining information, etc.
Address issues that may need to be resolved in order to pursue or maintain employment. Work with an advocate to write a resume or fill out a job application. Referral is available to help maintain benefits while transitioning to work. Advocates maintain a weekly updated job registry of local jobs and information on local employment specialists.
Assistance in obtaining adequate and affordable housing.
INFORMATION AND REFERRALS
Educating people about available services in and around the community.
PEERS TOGETHER AND THE STOP-IN CENTER
Support groups for individuals with MH disabilities who meet weekly for empowerment, information, sharing and support.
For further assistance contact Michelle Hobart or Angel Durham at NRCIL. Phone (315) 785-8703v or (315) 785-8704tty.