In 2005, the Department of Mental Health developed a plan to establish local consumer operated centers that would build upon established partnerships. Called Recovery Learning Communities, or RLCs, these local hubs of information and support are now operating in all six DMH Areas. It's a new type of model, one that relies on the momentum of the consumer movement and the strong partnership among consumer leaders and DMH that continues to grow.
What is a Recovery Learning Community?
RLCs are consumer-run networks of self help/peer support, information and referral, advocacy and training activities. Training in recovery concepts and tools, advocacy forums and social and recreational events are all part of what goes on in a Recovery Learning Community.
What Does a Recovery Learning Community Do?
First and foremost, RLCs create significant culture change that shifts the focus on symptom management to a focus on promoting recovery, resilience and wellness. RLCs also support consumers to take charge of their own recovery process. Emerging evidence shows that peer services and Peer Specialists speed a person's recovery, a key component of RLCs.
Who can use an RLC?
The doors are open to all individuals with a serious mental illness. RLCs work collaboratively with mental health providers, other human service agencies and the community at large to forward the mission of community integration and respect for people with mental health conditions. RLC activities are designed to appeal to the range of people in the community, including people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and people of all co-occurring disabilities. RLCs are for everyone.
Below are the six DMH RLCs:
Western Mass. RLC
Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
187 High Street, Suite 303
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: 413 539-5941
Toll free 866-641-2853
Fax: 413 536-5466
Director: Sera Davidow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Independent Living Program
20 Ballard Road
Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-687-4288 (V/TTY)
Director: June Cowen, email@example.com
Metro Suburban RLC
460 Quincy Ave.
Quincy, MA 02169
General Info Contact: Eve Atton, Office Manager, x302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: John Piselli, email@example.com
Metro Boston RLC
Solomon Carter Fuller Center
85 E. Newton Street, Ground Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Director: Paul Styczko firstname.lastname@example.org
60 Hodges Ave. Gifford Bldg. Office 127
Taunton, MA, 02780
Phone: 508 977-3127
fax: 508 977-3752
Director: Frances Sokoll, M.Ed, email@example.com
- Metro Boston and the Northeast Area Recovery Learning Community - Peer Warm Line Flyer for Posting (PDF) file size 1MB
- Metro Boston and the Northeast Area Recovery Learning Community - Peer Warm Line Flyer for Distribution (PDF)
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health