Join the Regional Consumer Advisory Council (RCAC)



 RCAC HISTORY

RCAC originated as an advisory council in 1998 to provide personal input related to mental health service gaps in Region 4.  Simply put, they were surveyed for data regarding housing, transportation, jobs, etc. to assist the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to measure the needs and standards of services that adults in recovery receive in their catchment areas.  Members evolved in to a planning council upon receiving a grant of their own to do more than serve as an Advisory Council, and after one-year in this capacity, they received funding to do the following:

In 1999, RCAC received a grant to hire a consultant to teach the council about the funding process (Mini-Grants). A  Coordinator was also funded to staff the council in support of their initiatives: an annual mini-grant project for adults in recovery and a conference. RCAC is unique  in its ability to provide such specialized projects benefiting adults for the last decade.  RCAC continues to strive to provide unique topics/speakers at annual conferences and fund creative ideas that promote wellness and self expression among adults in recovery.

 

WHO ARE WE?

Adults (18+), in recovery from psychiatric and/or addictive disorders.  We are advocates, artists, retirees, heads of households, etc. Small grass-roots planning council with an in-depth understanding of “recovery.”  Living the life and giving back through volunteerism.

OUR MISSION

o       To enhance leadership skills for adults in recovery through opportunities enabling grant funding of self-designed projects.

o       To teach through educative, annual conferences focused upon topics benefiting adults with psychiatric and/or addictive disorders.

o       To train and introduce council protocol: planning/advisory functions, implementing projects, involving adults to have a “voice in the system.”

o       Peer-to-peer support


Donations are Welcome: The RCAC Mini-Grant Project is made possible by a grant from the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Our fiduciary, North Central Regional Mental Health Board (NCRMHB), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, able to accept donations on our behalf.  

Please consider a donationNo amount is too small. 

Contact: Phoebe Hamilton, North Central Regional Mental Health Board (860) 667-6388 ext. 18


OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Consumer Conferences:  “Best Practices in Psycho-social Clubhouses,” 1998, “Bridging the Gap Between Psychiatric Disorders & Addiction,” 1999, “Work Incentives Forum,” 2002, “Peer Run Recovery Programs,”  2003, “Moving On: Housing & Job Training,” 2004,  “Recovery-Oriented Clubhouses,” 2005, “Nothing About Us, Without Us: Preferred Practices,” 2006, “Trauma: Recovery-Oriented Alternatives,” Shery Mead, 2007.  


CONSUMER MINI - GRANTS (EXAMPLES):


Golf-Tournament Fundraiser         Movie Nite – Basement Bijou         Crafts to Relax (knitting and crocheting)    Art Materials (teaching art classes)       Greenhouse Planting Materials           Trauma Track Research Team         Addiction Relapse Intervention Council Recovery Library & PA System  (Mic Nite)             Academic Tutoring & Assertiveness Training     Wellness Conference      “Two-Hundred Solutions for Recovery”       Legislative Forum – Local Politicians    DELL Computers for computer lab      Resource Cards     Creative Writing Workshop   Greeting Card Materials - Recovery Slogans      Transportation for Advocacy Training       Yoga Materials, Alternative Healing     Website Training & Maintenance

*Recognition of our Funder*       

The RCAC Mini-Grant Project is made possible by an annual grant from the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, DMHAS

 CURRENT MEMBERSHIP

If you would like to become part of our planning team, please contact NCRMHB staff to discuss your possible membership.  Make an appointment to be considered for membership and what your goals would be in attaining it.  We will place your name on a list to be considered when a current member leaves. (We cap membership at 15) You will be called in for a trial period of three consecutive monthly meetings.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

Members must be residents of north central CT (Region 4) who are 18+ years old.  Officers are elected each year and serve a one-year term currently: Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  

Meetings are held on the first Mondays of the month, September through June between 11:00-12:30 p.m. (*September meetings are on the second Monday due to Labor Day Weekend).  Location: Wethersfield Town Hall, 505 Silas Deane Highway. (Lunch is included)

HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?    Your volunteer efforts not only help others but teach you valuable skills: organization, leadership, council functions, deadlines, etc.  Many RCAC members move on to Boards, CACs, return to school or transition to work.  And, the Peer Support is always here for you! 


The Council meets on the first Monday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., but
please call (860) 667-6388 ext. 18 to confirm dates.
All Meetings are open to the public