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CPS Interviews Open! Western MA

Fall 2019 Certified Peer Specialist Training, Western MA

NEW!  CPS Brochure

Schedule your interview for the Holyoke CPS Class in September

  • July 15, 17, 24 in Framingham
  • July 16, 23 in Springfield
  • July 18, 22, August 1 in Worcester
  • July 25 in Roxbury
  • July 29, 30, 31 in Holyoke

Deadline to schedule:  July 11th 5:00pm

Link to CPS Portal, eligiblity and application details on the CPS Page

Recovery Outloud! Roxbury & Fall River

You are welcome at any ROL community event.

StepRox Recovery Support Center
9 Palmer Street, Roxbury, MA

May 27 and June 7

Steppingstone Inc. First Step Inn
Durfee St. Fall River, MAFall River

May 30

Feedback from ROL workshops:

  • Every step of the meeting made me feel welcome.
  • I learned that people have been through a lot things that I have experienced.
  • It was respectful of people’s self-determination.
  • I re-learned how to laugh.
  • I learned the we need to keep our minds active.
  • I learned that people care.

Statewide Calendar  for more peer support and recovery events

Film May 6 “Is Your Story Making You Sick?”

Kiva Center invitation to The Elm Draughthouse Cinema
35 Elm St.,  Millbury, MA

May 6th 6:00pm
A special screeming event with guests, food and music!

For as long as humans have existed they have told stories to each other and people have listened. But what about the stories we tell ourselves? 



Join us after the film for a panel discussion and Q&A with special guests:
Dr. Mark Pirtle, Producer & Writer and
Nick Kelso, Impact Director of “Is Your Story Making You Sick?”

Musical performance prior to film screening
Refreshments available for purchase during the event

Find this and other events on our Statewide Calendar

VT Law School “Lawyer & Client Relations” Video

Panel presentation at “Solutions Conference” March 22, 2019  (Valeria & Marcia at 35 min)

Valeria Chambers, Blacks United in Recovery and Community Voice Policy & Research Coordinator and Marcia Webster, Special Projects Coordinator and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, were invited to speak at the annual Vermont Law School conference.

The 2019 student-run conference was titled, “Mental Health and the Law: Helping Others While Healing Ourselves”.  VLS posted videos from the day, including a panel on Restorative Justice

Schedule interview for CPS in Milford, MA

DEADLINE Extended to Friday April 19th 5:00pm

You are invited to schedule an nterview for the Summer 2019 Certified Peer Specialist Training

Massachusetts CPS Training for eligibilty and link to schedule

The Central MA CPS Class will be held in Milford, MA
June 17-21 and June 24-28

INTERVIEWS April 9 – May 13
Choice of locations:
Framingham, Worcester, Milford, Roxbury, Springfield
Deadline to schedule:  Friday April 19th 5:00pm

Article and Briefing

Report from Washington DC

Valeria Chambers, Jonathan Delman and Benjamin Cook attended the Health Affairs Briefing March 5at the National Press Club, Washington DC.  Jon presented the research article they co-authored:

Barriers And Facilitators To Community-Based Participatory Mental Health Care Research For Racial And Ethnic Minorities



The March 2019 issue of “Health Affairs” contains an expansive look at consumers’ perceptions of and perspectives on their role in the health care system.  Areas examined include patient engagement in choosing plans, providers, and treatment; payment and benefit models that encourage and support consumer participation; and consumer roles in research, organization, and governance of the health care system.

Valeria is the Blacks United in Recovery Organizer and Community Voice Policy & Research Coordinator at The Transformation Center.

Ben is at Health Equity Research Lab

Jon is at UMass Medical School