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I have been an advocate of “grass roots" solutions my entire life as I believe the best solutions are ones generated by the community who ultimately has to live with the results. In terms of mental health answers with our community was deeply troubled by the initiatives promulgated over the past 30 years that closed mental health facilities with no viable alternative options available. Perhaps the most poignant example of this for me was the legions of homeless people trying to survive on the streets of our nation's capital . . .

Let me be clear that I was not an advocate of the former solution! Warehousing and medicating an entire part of our society was (and is) a terrible idea that was more of an answer for the people who would prefer to ignore, or "not know" about those folks struggling with challenges many of us cannot even imagine.

These two observations have made me an advocate of peer run organizations that are intimately connected to their communities. And when I was asked to join the Board for CAPS, I considered it an honor and an opportunity to serve.

I was elected Board President in 2006 and been happy to serve in that role since. Our Board is an active one that meets, on behalf of CAPS, with members of the community and government to promote "peer solutions." We also pitch in when needed to support our staff, which do excellent work, but is not nearly large enough to answer the demand for services. I am particularly proud of the reputation CAPS has earned over the past few years as an example of a successful peer solution.

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