Office of Consumer Advocacy
An Office for Consumer Advocacy was established in 1994 to bring the consumer perspective into areas of policy making, perceptions and practices of the Division of Behavioral Health. In 2005, the division director created Recovery Services to focus on best practices for recovery, person-centered planning, freedom, resiliency, independence, peer support and productivity.
Other Department Initiatives
- Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children. This organization provides a united voice dedicated to improving services to children in Kentucky who have emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenges. Visit its website at the link above for contact information.
- Kentucky Peer Specialist Training. This is a five-day training program designed to prepare adults with behavioral health disorders to work as Peer Specialists in the Kentucky public behavioral health system. A Peer Specialist is an adult with a behavioral health disorder who completes this training program and who passes both a written and an oral test.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness, Kentucky Affiliate. NAMI Kentucky is a statewide family organization dedicated to recovery and the improvement in quality of life for all those affected by mental illness in Kentucky. Visit its website at the link above for more information.
- The Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was developed to increase the involvement of consumers in the planning and evaluation of mental health services, by enhancing their leadership skills.