Emerging Research Base of Peer-Run Support Programs

(compiled by Jean Campbell, PhD, as of 5/05)

ALWings Across Alabama400 Eastern Boulevard
Suite 201
Montgomery, Al 36117
888-WINGSAL or 334-395-7616
Executive Director: W. Thomson McCorkle
AZHope, Inc.4067 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Chief Executive Officer: Dan Haley
AZRecovery Empowerment Network (REN)PO Box 7732
Phoenix, AZ 85011-7732
CEO: April Dickerson
ARPersonal Empowerment Recovery Coalition (PERC)1818 N. Taylor St., #311
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: 501-288-9323
Board Chair: Eddie Smith
CACalifornia Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)870 Market St. Suite 928
San Francisco, CA 94102
Director: Sally Zinman
CAProject Return Peer Support Network2677 1/2 Zoe Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
323-346-0960 X210
Executive Director: Guyton Colantuono
COPoetry for Personal Power4328 Madison Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64111
Interim CEO: Sheri Hall
COColorado Mental Wellness Network2390 S. Downing St, Suite C
Denver, CO 80210
Executive Director, Hope Hyatt
CTAdvocacy Unlimited, Inc.114 W. Main St. Suite 105
New Britain, CT 06051
800-573-6929 or 860-505-7581
Executive Director: Michaela Fissell
CTFocus On Recovery- United, Inc.100 Riverside Center
Suite 272
Middletown, CT 06457
860-704-0556 or
(CT Toll Free) 866- 255-5029
Director: Paul Acker
CTMental Health Advocacy, Inc. 147 Federal Rd. Chaplin, CT 06235919-872-1183
Co-Directors: Marc Jacques and Diane Waye
DCConsumer Action Network (CAN)1300 L. St., NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Board Chair: Deborah Griffin
GAGeorgia Mental
Health Consumer Network
246 Sycamore St.
Suite 260
Decatur, GA 30030
800-297-6146 or 404-687-9487
Director: Sharon Jenkins Tucker
HIUnited Self Help277 Oahu Ave., Suite 204H
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-947-5558 or 866-866-4357
Director: William Bowles
INKEY Consumer Organization, Inc. 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 325
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
800-933-KEYS (5397) or 317-205-2500
Executive Director: Sarah Gunther
KSKansas Consumer
AC for Adult Mental Health
Office: 238 N. Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
Mail: PO Box 485
Colby, KS 67701
Interim Co-Directors: Koleen Garrison and Melissa Patrick
Office: 316-978-5842
Cell Phone: 785-432-0412
KSPoetry for Personal Power4328 Madison Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64111
Interim CEO: Sherri Hall
LAMeaningful Minds United222 Mayo Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 554-5705
President/CEO: Jennifer Randal-Thorpe
MAKiva Centers206 S Bridge Street
Auburn, MA 01501
Executive Director: Brenda Vezina
MAWildflower AllianceWildflower Alliance has 6 centers and a peer respite.413-539-5941, 866-641-2853
Executive Director: Sera Davidow
MDOn Our Own of Maryland7310 Esquire Court, 3rd Floor, Mailbox 14
Elkridge, MD 21075
800-704-0262, 410-540-9020
Executive Director: Katie Rouse
MEConsumer Council System of Maine219 Capitol St., Suite 7
Augusta, ME 04330
Executive Director: Simonne M. Maline
MIJustice in Mental Health Organization520 Cherry St.
Lansing, MI 48933
800-831-8035 (in Michigan only)
Director: Brian Wellwood
MIMy Place - Center for Wellness12718 W. Nine Mile Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
Director: Michelle Bidigare
MNWellness in the Woods25362 230th St. Verndale MN 56481218-296-2067
Executive Director: Jode Freyholtz-London
MOPoetry for Personal Power4328 Madison Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64111
Interim CEO: Sherri Hall
MTMontana’s Peer Network109 E. Lewis Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Executive Director: Jim Hajny
NEMental Health Association of Nebraska1645 N St., Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68508
Executive Director: Kasey Moyer
NHNew Hampshire Peer Voice55 Summer Street
Rochester, NH 03876
Chairperson: Martha Hewitt
NJCoalition of Mental Health Consumers408 Sussex St.
Paterson, NJ 07503-1914
Director: Annette Wright
Support Program of New Jersey
11 Spring St.
Freehold, NJ 07728
CEO: Victor Luna
NYMental Health Empowerment
Project - New York
3 Atrium Drive, Suite 205
Albany, NY 12205
Executive Director: Amy Colesante
NYPeopleUSA126 Innis Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
CEO: Steve Miccio
NCNorth Carolina Consumer Advocacy, Networking, and Support Organization (NC CANSO)2790 Birchwood Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Executive Director: Laurie Coker
NCPromise Resource Network1041 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28205704-776-6708
CEO: Cherene Caraco
OROregon Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor Coalition (OCSC)PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484
President: Rebecca Edens
ORPeerlink10373 NE Hancock Street, Suite 132 Portland, OR 97220888-820-0138
ORProject ABLE1599 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Executive Director: Nancy Snider
Mental Health Consumers
2551 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

Mailing Address:
1425 Crooked Hill Road
PO Box 61620
Harrisburg, PA 17106
717-221-1022 or Toll Free 1-800-887-6422
Director: Kathy Quick
SCSouth Carolina
427 Meeting St.
W. Columbia, SC 29169
Executive Director: Bonnie Pate
TNTennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association3931 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
888-539-0393 or 615-250-1176
President: Anthony Fox
TXProsumers International6800 Park Ten Blvd, Suite 220-N
San Antonio, TX 78213
VAVOCAL, Inc.1904 Byrd Ave.
Suite 111
Richmond, VA 23230
Acting Executive Director: Heather Orrock
VTVermont Psychiatric Survivors128 Merchants Row
Suite 606
Rutland, VT 05743
Executive Director: Karim Chapman
WIWisconsin Milkweed Alliance, Inc.1700 Tainter St., Unit D
Menomonie, WI 54751
Board Chair: Victoria (Vic) Welle

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