Transformation Center


Voicing lived experience...Generating mental health wellness through community, policy, training and peer support

Systems Change

Technical assistance, research and advocacy organizations committed to increasing access to peer support and improving services.  


Acronyms commonly used in MA policy reports and meetings

Within Massachusetts

  • Full Frame Initiative Changing systems so that people and communities experiencing poverty, violence, trauma and oppression have the tools, supports and resources they need to thrive.  National organization located and active in MA.
  • Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Healthcare Alliance.  Researchers, clinicians, and community partners conducting research to improve physical and mental health in diverse communities.
  •  The Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention.   April 2018 Report investigates “evidence-based practices, programs and systems to prevent behavioral health disorders and promote behavioral health across the commonwealth.”

“Jonathan Delman:  Participatory Action Research” 2 1/2 min video

  • Technical Assistance Collaborative  Helping our nation’s human services, health care, homelessness, and affordable housing systems implement policies and practices that empower people to live healthy, independent lives in the communities they choose.  Located in Boston, MA
  • TSNE MissionWorks builds the leadership and effectiveness of individuals, groups, and nonprofits to support a more just and democratic society.  Tips for Developing Values-based Compensation Structure
  • TRANSCOM Massachusetts Transformation Committee committed to building consensus and strengthening peer support workforce policy for recovery supports for mental health & substance use that are person-driven and sustainable.

Beyond Massachusetts

  • ADAPT  a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
  • The Adverse Childhood Events Study  Research with over 17,000 people that finds a correlation between the number of adverse childhood events (ACEs) and the severity of physical and psychological illness in adults.
  • DisabilityInfo  Information and Updates on The President’s New Freedom Initiatives
  • Intentional Peer Support (IPS)  Training program and materials developed by Shery Mead to build conscious, mutual relationships and to change the dynamics of power in society.
  • NARPA – National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
  • NIATx Based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS).  Training that facilitates peer networking and provides research, case studies, and tools that encourage use of a process improvement model  (former acronym for the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment)
  • NYAPRS  New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service
  • Psychiatric Drug Information by Peter Breggin, MD.   Dr. Breggin has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT, and promotes more caring and effective therapies.
  • SAMHSA – Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration programs and campaigns
  • Te Pou o te Whaakaru Nui  New Zealand national centre of evidence based workforce development for the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.