NEXT STEPS, NFP will work to ensure that people with lived experience of the following: (but not limited to) homelessness, mental illness, substance use, justice system involvement are represented in discussions that lead to the development and implementation of healthcare, housing, and various social policies at the state, local and (often federal) levels.
Our activities, including mental health trainings for correctional officers, various panels addressing lived experience of mental illness and partnerships with other consumer groups throughout Illinois, are working to increase consumer voice in mental health services being provided in Illinois jails and prisons. We are working to bring consumer voice to the providers of mental health services both organizationally and through trade organizations. Next Steps will remove barriers of access to the mental health movement caused by disability, homelessness as well as poverty and include all consumers of mental health services in our unified voice. Finally, Next Steps brings the message of resiliency, hope and recovery that we know can only come from people with lived experience of mental illness to every Illinois citizen within our reach. The Next Steps Consumer Network Project is managed and operated by consumers who are also highly experienced and qualified to lead this transformation.
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