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Alternatives 2019

Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices

Alternatives 2019: July 7-11, 2019 website

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) is hosting the Alternatives 2019 at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, July 7 - 11, 2019.

The Alternatives conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted for more than three decades by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). The Alternatives conference is renowned for offering the latest and best information in the peer recovery movement, and provides an invaluable opportunity for peers to network with and learn from one another. This conference is funded entirely through registration fees and donations.

Alternatives 2019 will include a two-day pre-conference, July 8 and 9, with advocacy training on Monday and a “Hill Day” on Tuesday, when peer advocates will meet, by appointment, with the staff of their U.S. senators and congressional representatives. Now more than ever, it is important for us to participate in the national debate.

Alternatives 2019 is a great opportunity to learn new skills and share your passion for recovery, advocacy, the arts, multicultural and diversity awareness, youth involvement, and more! Come, find and raise your voice, share your expertise, meet old friends and make new ones!


Workshops will be presented on Wednesday and Thursday. Proposals to present workshops are due March 15, 2019. More information on the Submit Workshop Proposal Page.