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Last Updated: 11/26/2012

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


Brief Descriptions of Campaign for Social Inclusion 2010 Awardees

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. External Web Site Policy.
Shining Stars—Young Adults in Recovery

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. will be creating a culturally sensitive, motivational recovery symposium consisting of a 30-minute educational documentary featuring four young behavioral health consumers in recovery, an accompanying study guide, and a Web-based networking and support tool. Activities will educate the public, empower consumers, and spread a message of hope that recovery is indeed possible.

To obtain further information about this project contact Dr. Karen Kangas at or via phone at 860–667–0460.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana (DBSAI) External Web Site Policy.
Friend Talk

DBSAI will hold presentations on the campuses of various colleges, host an online networking site, communicate with school administrators, and develop a mini-grant program. To encourage student participation, DBSAI will identify one student at each campus to distribute information and market the presentations and social networking site around campus. DBSAI’s objective is to reduce negative perceptions and promote social inclusion of people who have experienced or are experiencing behavioral health problems. The organization also aspires to encourage young people to educate themselves about behavioral health conditions and to seek treatment upon recognizing symptoms.

To obtain further information about this project contact Marjorie Mansfield at or via phone at 317–638–3501 ext. 226.

Heartland Consumer Network External Web Site Policy.
Poetry for Personal Power

The Heartland Consumer Network will host two 10-event series. The first will allow youth and consumer artists to educate individuals while selling behavioral health-related artwork at Kansas City’s First Friday, one of the Nation’s biggest art walks. The second will involve behavioral health-related open-mic poetry contests at colleges throughout Missouri. Through art and interpersonal contact, the Heartland Consumer Network aims to provide persons with mental health and substance use problems with tools to empower themselves and embrace a life of their choosing. It also hopes to communicate to the general public that people with behavioral health conditions can recover.

To obtain further information about this project contact Corinna West at or via phone at 816–392–6074.

SC SHARE External Web Site Policy.
The Dream Team

SC SHARE will run a campaign entitled The Dream Team which will consist of a group of motivational speakers sharing their personal recovery stories. In doing so, they will start a conversation about behavioral health and public perceptions. That dialogue will be maintained through social media such as youth rallies, Facebook, and mass text messaging with the hopes of transforming the way that young African-American adults in rural South Carolina communities view mental and substance use disorders and their treatment.

To obtain further information about this project contact Michelle Miller at or via phone at 803–739–5712.

The Transformation Center External Web Site Policy.
Speaking of Hope: Peers from Multicultural and Young Adult Communities Tell their Recovery Stories

The Transformation Center will initiate Speaking of Hope, a project that uses person-to-person and social networking to recruit, train, support, and organize a group of culturally diverse and young adult recovery speakers. Speakers’ presentations will address local needs and attitudes toward mental health and addiction recovery issues. Peers will work in small groups to present at various venues in Massachusetts throughout the year. The project will end with a “Recovery Fest” in which speakers, friends, family, and community supports will all take part.

To obtain further information about this project contact Marcia Webster at or via phone at 413–626–6968 or 617–442–4111.

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