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Valeria Chambers and CJ Ghanny on Fox 25 Tonight!

Tonight, Oct 10, at 6:45pm, the Transformation Center’s own Valeria Chambers, Community Voice Policy and Research Coordinator, will be shown talking with Crystal Haynes, reporter, of Fox 25 News.  The interview is regarding a conference at Mass General Hospital this evening, on mental health resources for African Americans.  The conference is closed with a waitlist.  Valeria and CJ Ghanny will be on Fox 25 again tonight at 10pm and 11pm.  Thanks to Crystal Haynes, her camera man and Fox 25 for airing news on this important topic.

Research on Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalization

Have you experienced involuntary psychiatric hospitalization?  Research participants are needed (between the ages of 18 and 35) – compensation is provided.  If you have experienced involuntary psychiatric hospitalization in Massachusetts in the past 10 years, you may be eligible to participate in this study.


University of Connecticut

For more information, call or text:  413-505-93036


This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Libal

Change Anything: Peer Support Meeting

Fridays on October 4, 11, 18, and 25

2:00pm – 3:30pm

STEPRox Recovery Support Center

1427 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA  02126

Get support to learn how to make a change plan.  Engage the 6 sources of influence that can make lasting change much more likely!  Anyone can participate for any or all of the sessions.  For more information, please contact Scott at the Transformation Center 617-442-4111  x315 or via text at 508-971-5421.

For flyer click here

Milbury: Screening: 55 Steps

“55 Steps” is a film based on the true story about Eleanor Riese, someone within a psychiatric unit of a hospital, and her lawyer, Colette Hughes, as they fight for improving legal rights for people within hospitals.  For more information, you can preview the trailer here

For this full screening, we will have the film writer Mark Rosin and the patients’ rights lawyer, Colette Hughes!  After the film we will have time for a panel and questions and answers with our wonderful guests.

When:  October 21, 2019

Time:    4:00pm

Location: Elm Theatre (35 Elm St., Milbury, MA 01527

This is a free screening for the purpose of community education and conversation; there is no fee at the door.  There will be snacks sold at the theatre.

For Flyer click here

Holyoke Recovery Out Loud

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, 11am-2pm

The purpose of Recovery Out Loud is to bring ideas and the experience of mental health peer support to  those from many backgrounds.  We share the richness of our lived experiences, learn with and from each other, and connect with one another through peer support.  Lunch will be provided by the Springfield Recovery Center.

For flyer, click here

Ok to just show up.  All are welcome.

December 2019 Certified Peer Specialist Class

The Winter 2019 Certified Peer Specialist Class is now open for interviews in the CPS Portal.  An interview is required to apply for the class.  Please go to the CPS Training Page for more information and an application (if you cannot get it from the portal):

To go to CPS Training Page, click here

We hope for many applicants – it’s going to be a great class!

Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Training

August 19-21, 2019

Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

Pittsfield, MA

Deadline to Apply is: July 31, 2019

This training will prepare Certified Peer Specialists and Recovery Coaches, age 50+, to use their skills to work with older adults with mental health conditions.

For more information, click here

For application, click here