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A yearly report from the PATH Consumer Provider Network (PCPN) from 2010, including next steps.
PATH Consumer Provider Network Workgroup Report

Overview: The PATH Consumer Provider Network (PCPN) is a national workgroup that was established in 2008 with the mission “to ensure that consumers have a voice and are involved in the planning, design, and delivery of PATH at the local, state, and national levels.” PCPN web conferences are held on the second Monday of each month at 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Over the 2009-2010 year, there were 8 PCPN members representing 7 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Two PCPN members serve as the liaison to the PATH Administrative Workgroup and PATH Data Advisory Committee.

Leadership: Kim Murphy, West Virginia, completed her term as chair in winter 2009. Evelyn Hicks, Georgia, served as chair from December 2009-spring 2011 and the current chair is Maggie Walker, California. PATH Government Project Officer, Robert Grace, advises the group. PATH Technical Assistance Center Recovery Specialists, Gloria Dickerson and Steven Samra, Project Assistant, Katy Hanlon, and Deputy Director, Rachael Kenney, staff PCPN meetings.

The primary charge of the PCPN in FY 2009-2010 was to develop recommendations for SAMHSA’s guidelines for Consumer and Family participation. This document is available on the PATH Website. Additionally, the PCPN:
  • Attended the 2009 and 2010 PATH Stakeholders Meetings and the 2010 Alternatives Conference;
  • Developed and piloted two curricula on consumer involvement and disclosure and one conference presentation on outreach, co-presenters for disclosure curriculum included the PATH Project Director and Branch Chief of SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs Branch;
  •  Developed recommendations on SAMHSA’s Consumer and Family Involvement Guidelines; and
  •  Recruited two new members after a targeted promotion and search.
Next Steps: In the coming months, the PCPN will:
  •  Formalize PCPN Bylaws and continue recruitment;
  •  Develop plans for the September 2011 Alternatives Conference; and
  •  Strengthen PCPN presence on the PATH website with the development of website articles and webcasts.

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