Wings Across Alabama will implement a Statewide Consumer Network in Alabama, with a focus on improving peer specialist capacity and consumer empowerment for low-income people experiencing mental health challenges in rural and other underserved areas of the state. The project aims to address the mental health needs of low-income individuals in Alabama in two ways: by building the capacity of a Certified Peer Specialists in the state through creation of a professional network and development of a Virtual Resource Hub for online resources to support CPS; and by creating and implementing an online empowerment curriculum for consumers in Alabama to increase consumer education, awareness, and agency in their paths to wellness. The empowerment curriculum will also be housed on the Virtual Resource Hub.
The project will use strategies designed to reach individuals remotely, which will help to serve both rural areas and individuals isolated as a result of COVID-19. In addition to its focus on individuals living in rural areas, Wings is committed to providing increased resources and engagement opportunities for veterans and members of the LGBTQ community, populations that experience disproportionate challenges in accessing services. Wings embraces a peer model of consumer empowerment and service delivery, which is reflected in a staffing structure that prioritizes people with lived experience.
The project aims to reach 1000 consumers annually and 200 CPS annually.