Another Way: peer recovery program in Vermont, featured on NPR

I heard via email from an old friend, Steven Morgan, who is the director of Another Way in Vermont. He shared with me a segment from a show on NPR that featured Another Way.

Here Steven introduces the audio segment:

Another Way is a community center by and for psychiatric survivors in Montpelier, Vermont.  NPR recently came to Vermont and featured us in a small segment.  They were covering the impact of Tropical Storm Irene, which last year knocked out the state hospital.

The good news:  in the process of trying to replace the hospital, the Vermont legislature and the Department of Mental Health wove together a bill that’s actually quite progressive, and includes such jawdroppers as:  “The commissioner of mental health shall coordinate a geographically diverse system and continuum of mental health care throughout the state that shall include at least the following:  (3) alternative treatment options for individuals seeking to avoid or reduce reliance on medications.”  Part of the mix is a million dollars for a Soteria-Vermont, and another million dollars for peer support services.  Another Way will be one of many recipients of some of the new money.

Listen to the segment that was on NPR here:

Steven Morgan contributed several articles early on in the life of Beyond Meds. Here are some of them:

  Reviving the Myth of Mental Illness

●  Neuroplasticity of the brain

●  A letter to NAMI

●  The Wind Never Lies – Steven’s personal and very inspiring story

●  Indicator Species

●  Questioning every instance of medication vs. drug free recovery

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