Innovative Transition for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities (1 Hour)

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About the training

The IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center operated by ILRU in collaboration with NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations. The training highlighted varied approaches and strategies surrounding transitions and diversions or individuals with mental health and other disabilities who may be at risk for institutionalization.

Target Audience

Executive directors, program managers, and staff members of centers for independent living

What you will learn

  • Describe the role of peer support in providing diversion strategies and alternatives to institutionalization for individuals in mental health distress.
  • Identify best practices for outreach and support to psychiatric survivors to receive CIL IL services when they might not identify as individuals with mental health or other disabilities.
  • Describe peer-run alternatives to hospitalization that include 24/7 peer-run respites run by people with mental health disabilities and staffed by certified peer specialists, and mental health and legal policy specialists.  


Jessica Hazel – Peer Advocate, Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc.

Corey McKittrick – Director of Programs, Alliance of Disability Advocates

Alex Mikowski – Executive Director, Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc.

Vesper Moore – Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Kiva Centers and a Board Member at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Vicki Smith – Executive Director, Alliance of Disability Advocates

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