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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Amistad, Inc.
Portland, Maine

Start Date

Brief Description
This project was developed by Amistad, Incorporated. It was funded through the 2008 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery state implementation awards.

The organization developed a speakers’ bureau of mental health consumers and family members who gave presentations at colleges and at a hospital. They will give additional presentations in September as students return to college campuses. The speakers and staff developed a training curriculum based on the National Alliance on Mental Illness "In Our Own Voice" program to tell their stories of recovery. The organization also produced a documentary film in which people share their experience. It highlights consumer involvement and advocacy, recovery from mental illness, and the importance of consumer centered health care in which treatment and recovery is orchestrated by the person experiencing the illness and their family. In addition to a presentation by a member of the Speakers’ Bureau, Amistad showed the film at each speaking engagement and plans to post the film on its web site. Amistad expects the Portland Cable Access television station to air the film.

To obtain further information about this project contact Peter Driscoll at or via phone at 207-773-1956.


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