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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

Transcom Briefs “CPS” and “Recovery Coach”

The Transformation Committee (Transcom)

Transcom is a broad-based coalition of diverse stakeholders from the mental health and substance use fields who are committed to building consensus and strengthening recovery supports throughout the Commonwealth that are person-driven and sustainable.

Announcing 1 page publications about the peer support workforce:

Transcom Brief:  Certified Peer Specialists

Transcom Brief:  Peer Recovery Coaches

Transcom is a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Mental Health Planning Council