Systems Change

Technical assistance, research and advocacy organizations committed to increasing access to peer support and improving services.  

Acronyms commonly used in MA policy reports and meetings

Within Massachusetts

  • NAMI Mass (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts)
  •  The Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention is tasked with investigating “evidence-based practices, programs and systems to prevent behavioral health disorders and promote behavioral health across the commonwealth.”
  • PAIMI in MA (national program of Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness

“Jonathan Delman:  Participatory Action Research” 2 1/2 min video

Beyond Massachusetts

  • DisabilityInfo  Information and Updates on The President’s New Freedom Initiatives
  • Intentional Peer Support (IPS)  Training program and materials developed by Shery Mead to build conscious, mutual relationships and to change the dynamics of power in society.
    • NARPA – National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
    • NIATx Based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS).  Training that facilitates peer networking and provides research, case studies, and tools that encourage use of a process improvement model  (former acronym for the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment)
    • NYAPRS  New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service
    • Psychiatric Drug Information by Peter Breggin, MD.   Dr. Breggin has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT, and promotes more caring and effective therapies.
    • SAMHSA – Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration programs and campaigns