How Consumers Step Up to Design a Truly Recovery-based Mental Health System

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Mental Health; Rehabilitation; Self-Help Groups; Health Care Coalitions; Health Policy; Mental Health Associations; Mental Health Services


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology


Advocates for a basic change in the mental health system that would ensure that every state and every community have reliable funding for consumer-run support and advocacy groups similar to the independent living centers for people with other disabilities.


Published as: Fisher, D. 2007. How consumers STEP UP to design a truly recovery-based system. National Council Magazine 3:30–31. Link to article on National Empowerment Center website

At the time of publication, Daniel Fisher was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.