A Statewide Collaboration to Build the Leadership and Organizational Capacity of Consumer-Run Organizations (CROs)
Mental health consumer-run organizations (CROs) are a heterogeneous group of recovery-oriented settings founded on peer support and mutual aid. This chapter focuses on consumer-run organizations in Kansas. The discussion begins with the history of the consumer movement on a national level, followed by the history of CROs in Kansas. The next section consists of an in-depth commentary about the collaborative relationship between the Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) and Kansas CROs and is followed by a brief overview of research studies conducted by CCSR to assess impact and capacity needs of CROs. The chapter concludes with a focus on the future of CROs and the future of the consumer movement in Kansas.
KeywordsMental Health Service Mental Health System Organizational Capacity Leadership Development Mental Health Consumer
The authors wish to thank the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for their support throughout the years for this work.
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