The STAR Center was in Oklahoma last month and I had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with leaders from peer and family run organizations and coalitions serving communities across Oklahoma. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, we convened a lively full day meeting regarding the level of influence, funding and sustainability of peer and family run organizations in Oklahoma. I had the opportunity to visit with individual leaders and organizations to get to know each other even better, consider opportunities for more specific technical assistance and for collaboration regarding the development of a formal statewide network representing people with lived experience.
We are scheduled to return in July to continue the process and meet those who weren’t available for this round of meetings and visits.
Pictured above are: (front row, left to right) Matthew Parker, Geri Mullendore, Pamela Toohey, Jill Amos, Donna Woods Bauer, Katherine Carson, (back row, left to right) Michael Horton, Rev. James Greenwood, Staci Willis, George Crooks, Natasha West, Jeff Tallent, Erin Bushong, Max Parker, Chacku Mathai, Heath Hayes