National Empowerment Center - Alternatives 2010: Keynotes Announced, Conference Brochure Available

Alternatives Keynote Sessions
We are delighted to announce a diverse and inspiring line-up of keynote speakers and panel discussions at Alternatives 2010. 

Pamela Hyde, JD,
Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
How Consumers Can Help Shape Health Care Reform - Panel Discussion
The comprehensive health care reform signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 represents a set of new opportunities and challenges for the consumer/survivor movement. Panelists will discuss how consumers can have an active role in the process.

Black Men Speak: African-American Men Tell their Story
Hear the story of what it is like to be African-American men with substance abuse and mental health issues and their individual roads to wellness and recovery. Interwoven in their stories are challenges of trauma, family issues, community violence, and the importance of faith, set in the context of the legacy of slavery.

A Life in the Community - Peer-run Hospital Diversion Programs - Panel Discussion
Peer-run hospital diversion programs are an effective way to help people avoid costly and unnecessary hospitalization and to recover in the community. Panelists will discuss their experience with running successful peer-run hospital diversion programs.
Conference Brochure Available
Our conference brochure is available for download now - featuring the conference schedule, workshop highlights, conference highlights, and more! Click here to view the conference brochure.
And if you haven't yet registered, do so today! Alternatives 2010, taking place September 29 - October 3, is the annual event to connect and network with other consumer/survivors across the nation. You will experience ground-breaking workshops and cutting-edge institutes, exciting arts events featuring local talent, and numerous opportunities for spiritual and creative expression. It's always an unforgettable conference!
Caucus Applications Due August 14
Each year Alternatives provides a forum for networking and discussing important issues with peers from around the country. Caucus sessions will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [To apply for a caucus session, click here.]
Please submit your caucus session request no later than August 14, 2010. All caucus sessions must be approved in advance. When accepted, you will be notified of the date of your caucus session.
Ride and Rooms Board on Facebook
Our Alternatives 2010 Facebook page already has over 270 members. Please join the group via Facebook and encourage your friends to do so! There is a discussion already going about room and ride shares. This is a great way to build community and make connections before the conference begins!
You can also click below to "follow" Alternatives 2010 via Twitter.
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Language Interpretation Available Upon Request
Alternatives 2010 is committed to making this conference accessible to people of diverse cultures. Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, ASL, and other languages; requests must be indicated on the registration form by August 15. Thank you!
Alternatives 2010 Flyer Available in Spanish, Vietnamese
The Alternatives 2010 flyer is now available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Please click here to download the English versionclick here for the Spanish version, and click here for the Vietnamese version. Please post these flyers wherever you can to help spread to the word. Thank you!
Alternatives 2010 is funded by: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services •