Feb 062015

Please be advised that workshop proposals for the 2015 Annual Recovery Conference are now due no later than SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2015!

Jan 222015

I hope everyone is getting ready for the upcoming 2015 Annual Recovery Conference!
Below you will find links to the workshop proposal forms.  This year we have added an additional category of Addictions/Dual Diagnosis to the workshop topics list.

The deadline for submission is February 9th, 2015.

Workshop Proposal Form

Workshop Topics

Dec 252014

Click on the link below to read our December newsletter. Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year!

CAC December Newsletter

Edit: The December newsletter had an outdated application for the Leadership for Empowerment Academy. Click on the link below for the 2015 Application for the Leadership for Empowerment Academy. Sorry for any confusion!

2015 Leadership for Empowerment Application

Dec 172014


The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc. (Kansas CAC or CAC for short), is honored and excited to announce that our organization is the recipient for Kansas of the 2014 Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program.

The following is the announcement that was made on Tom’s of Maine website today (December 17, 2014) at www.tomsofmaine.com .


We asked you to nominate a nonprofit in your area that’s making a difference for people and the planet and we’re delighted at the response!

After reviewing the nominations, our judges have chosen recipients for $10,000 in Tom’s of Maine sponsorship funding in every state and the District of Columbia. Special thanks to everyone behind the nominations and the nonprofits for creating positive change in communities coast-to-coast.

A little ingenuity can bring lasting, positive change to a community and our 2014 50 States for Good recipients demonstrate how the kernel of an idea can become something everyone is talking about. In November 2014, we awarded one 501c (3) nonprofit organization in every state and the District of Columbia with a combined total of more than $500,000 in project funding. And you helped to choose them! Thanks for your nominations! Each organization will make a difference in their community thanks to your support. Read about them below.

50 States For Good 2014 Recipients
Nonprofit City, State
Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center Anchorage, AK
Druid City Garden Project Tuscaloosa, AL
Lucie’s Place Little Rock, AR
Treasures 4 Teachers Tempe, AZ
What’s Mine is Yours Concord, CA
Phamaly Theatre Company Aurora, CO
hawkwing, Inc. Glastonbury, CT
Common Good City Farm Washington, DC
Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids Hockessin, DE
In Jacob’s Shoes Pompano Beach, FL
Books for Keeps Athens, GA
Giving Back Mentoring Paia, HI
Young Women’s Resource Center Des Moines, IA
Framing Our Community Elk City, ID
Safe Humane Chicago Chicago, IL
HearCare Connection Fort Wayne, IN
Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc. Wichita, KS
Grow Appalachia Berea, KY
lowernine.org New Orleans, LA
Found in Translation Medford, MA
Extra-Ordinary Birthdays College Park, MD
My Place Teen Center Westbrook, ME
Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. Farmington, MI
Manna Market Fridley, MN
St. Louis HELP St. Louis, MO
Stewpot Community Services Jackson, MS
Red Lodge Area Community Foundation Red Lodge, MT
Mothers and Their Children, Inc. Raleigh, NC
Metigoshe Ministries Bottineau, ND
Cross Training Center Omaha, NE
Copper Cannon Camp Franconia, NH
Seer Farms Jackson, NJ
Dental Care In Your Home, Inc. Albuquerque, NM
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation Las Vegas, NV
City Growers NYC Long Island City, NY
Riders Unlimited Oak Harbor, OH
Full Circle Adult Day Center Norman, OK
Libraries of Eastern Oregon Moro, OR
ASAP – After School Activities Partnerships Philadelphia, PA
House of Hope Community Development Corporation Warwick, RI
Palmetto Project – Begin With Books program Mount Pleasant, SC
NAMI South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD
Strings for Hope White Bluff, TN
Elves and More Spring, TX
Karma Bike Shop Magna, UT
Angel Wheels to Healing Virginia Beach, VA
Vermont Woodlands Association Rutland, VT
Growing Veterans Lynden, WA
Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc. Racine, WI
Boys & Girls Club of The Eastern Panhandle – Morgan County Unit Martinsburg, WV
Sheridan Angels Sheridan, WY

The Kansas CAC is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and collaborates with community partners on behalf of those with having a lived experience of having a mental illness, and finding success and recovery in their lives.  The CAC was founded in June, 2000, and is recognized by the State of Kansas and SAMHSA as the Statewide Adult Mental Health Consumer Network in Kansas.  Board of Directors, Staff, and Members are persons with a lived experience of having a mental illness.

The CAC works closely with the Consumer Run Organizations (CROs) in Kansas, Wichita State University, University of Kansas, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council (GBHSPC), SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), international partners in Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands, and numerous other agencies and advocacy groups in Kansas and across the US.

The program that the CAC was nominated for that touches lives of many consumers across the state of Kansas is the annual Recovery Conference that the CAC hosts/sponsors each year.  This annual conference has touched the lives of over 1,000 Kansas Adults over the years, and has greatly impacted lives, and helping to make informed choices on Recovery with living with a Mental Illness.  The award money will be used to impact participants who attend the 2015 Recovery Conference in June.

Other programs of the CAC include:  Trauma Informed Care Curriculum (“So You Want to Change the World?”, Leadership in Action Academy, Leadership for Empowerment Academy, “Get Healthy, KS!”, and others.

Dec 042014

We are pleased to post our first monthly newsletter! Just click on the link below to view the PDF file. Be sure to keep an eye out for the December newsletter!


Oct 052014

In an Email sent to current certified PEER specialists the CCSR sharewd the following and ask it be passed on to those who might be interested:

Peer Support Training: Expanding the Opportunities

 Wichita, Kansas October 1, 2014 

 The Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research in partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has responded to the needs of the Kansas mental health community by implementing the following changes to the peer support training and certification process:

 Peer support training will be offered at two levels and at various regions throughout the state. Level 1 training will cover basic concepts and skills of providing peer support such as the language of recovery, using one’s recovery story, and establishing a supportive relationship. Level 1 training will be open to anyone who self-identifies as having primary, lived experience of a mental health challenge. 

 Level 1 training will be available not only to those who are already hired as peer specialists and who need certification, but also to people involved with consumer-run organizations, volunteers, and people interested in entering the peer specialist workforce.   

 Level 1 training will confer “in training” status on those hired at positions that require certification, such as community mental health centers and state hospitals. Peer specialists who bill Medicaid will now have one year (as opposed to six months, previously) to complete training through Level 2.

 Level 2 (complete certification for billing purposes) goes deeper into peer support concepts and adds skills such as problem-solving, facilitating peer support groups, and cultural competency. Level 2 training is reserved for those who have both completed Level 1 and are working at community mental health centers, state hospitals, and the VA.

 There will be an exam following each level of training.

 Currently certified peer specialists will automatically receive Level 2 status.

 Level 1 trainings are scheduled for

  • The Meridian Center in Newton (November 11-12, 2014)
  • Lawrence (December, 2014, dates and specific location TBD)

Subsequent Level 1 trainings are slated for Dodge City, Manhattan, Pittsburg, and Hays, dates and venues TBA.

The first Level 2 training is scheduled for Newton in March of 2015 and Great Bend later in the year.

 Other training dates and locations will be made available at the Training Teams website, http://trainingteams.org/TrainingTeams4.0/CertifiedPeerSpecialist/Cps_Home.aspx, as they are determined.

 Those who qualify can apply for peer support training any time by visiting the Training Teams website and downloading an application.

 For questions concerning applications, contact Christine Young at Christinedotyoungatwichitadotedu  (Christinedotyoungatwichitadotedu)  .

 For questions about the new training structure, contact Lael Ewy at laeldotewyatwichitadotedu  (laeldotewyatwichitadotedu)  .  


Oct 052014

In an email dated October 3, 2014 Gary Parker writes the following:

On behalf of the CAC, I am honored to introduce you to two of our new staff members. Becky Morgan, Parsons, and Holly Danley, Wichita, have been hired as CRO Specialists by the CAC.

Becky and Holly are both excited and looking forward to working with the CROs, CAC, CCSR, and KDADS in the upcoming days, weeks, months, and years!  Becky has begun her work already, and Holly will begin in two weeks.
Lets give them our support, and welcome them!
We will post their photos and contact information on our staff page as they become available.  Again Welcome Becky and Holly!
Sep 042014

These Photos were created and adapted from SAMHSA images as a way for individuals to support National Recovery Month and pass the word that recovery is possible. Please feel free to share them on your facebook, social media pages and websites. To download a photo, right click on it and save photo (image) to your computer. THen upload them to your social media sites like you would any other photo.  Please use them! Pass the word: Recovery is Possible! Thanks!

Facebook Cover Photo – If you wish use this in place of your regular Facebook Cover photo to show your support of National Recovery Month and those in Recovery.

Facebook Cover

Profile Photo 1 – If you wish use this in place of your regular facebook profile photo to show your support of National Recovery Month and those in Recovery. It works well in combination with the facebook cover photo above.

Profile 1

Profile Photo 2- If you wish use this in place of your regular facebook profile photo to show your support of National Recovery Month and those in Recovery. This works well if you just wish to change your profile photo, but not your cover photo.

Profile 2

This is an info-graphic that you  can post on your facebook or other social media sites to spread the word that recovery is possible and support those in recovery!

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Sep 042014

September is a month-long celebration of recovery happening in communities nationwide, and now is the time for you to join the movement! The theme of the 2014 25th Annual Recovery Month, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out”, encourages people to openly discuss and speak up about behavioral health conditions and the reality of recovery.

To start these recovery discussions, a dynamic and interactive nationwide webcast will be held live on September 15, 2014 at 12 noon CST. This event will bring together a panel of leading experts and experienced practitioners in recovery and health, with the goals of:

  • Expanding our understanding of the role that peers in recovery play in initiating and supporting long-term recovery and improving overall health
  • Fostering dialogue at national, state and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care
  • Provide specific, concrete action steps that people watching the webcast can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care


Complete  Details at: http://event.cabezon.com/2014/SAMSHA_Webcast_09_2014/default.php

Register for the webinar at: https://pointpass.com/events/SAMSHA_Webcast_2014/Default.aspx