Friday, September 25, 2020
10:30 am to 12:30 pm – Virtual or at Local Watch Parties
Please join us to learn more about what your community has to offer to people living with mental illness and/or substance use.
The Chemung Peer Network has compiled an informative session to discuss various behavioral health services available in the Chemung County community, with a focus on Peer Support services. Join us virtually to hear powerful testimonials from our Peer Professionals who have experience in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use, and learn how to access supports to engage in your own recovery journey.
Enjoy this presentation from the comfort of your home or office, or if you’d rather, join us at one of our local watch parties that we’ve coordinated, where you can learn in a group setting, but also feel safe with social distancing measures put into place. Lunch will be provided at several area watch party locations.
To register for an in-person watch party, contact Michelle Nicholas or (607) 734-9784, ext. 2211.
This event is FREE.
Sponsored by the Chemung Peer Network; AIM Independent Living Center, AspireHopeNY, Capabilities, Inc., CASA-Trinity, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, and Family Services of Chemung County, Inc.
About Our Keynote Speaker: Chacku Mathai
Chacku is an Indian-American, born in Kuwait, who became involved in consumer/survivor/ex-patient advocacy and peer support when he was 15 years old. Chacku’s personal experiences with trauma, suicide, and disabling mental health and substance use challenges, including being diagnosed with psychotic disorders as a youth and young adult, launched Chacku and his family toward a number of efforts to advocate for improved services, social conditions, and alternative supports in the community.
He has since accumulated over thirty years of experience in a variety of roles including international, national, statewide, and local board governance and executive leadership roles. He is currently the Project Director for the SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Grant in New York State with OnTrackNY, a Coordinated Specialty Care model for early psychosis.