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Recovery and Advocacy Education for Persons in Recovery
from Mental Health or Co-occurring Disorders

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. (AU) offers comprehensive recovery and advocacy education for persons with or in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders, including the Recovery University Certification Program, our long-standing Advocacy Education Course, the Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program, and the "Join Rise Be" Young Adult Program.

Advocacy Unlimited also offers Toivo Intentional Living, a unique and powerful wellness initiative. Toivo brings a holistic approach to health and wellness with classes in interactive yoga, meditation, transformative habits, mindfulness, music healing, nutrition workshops, wellness events, and much more.

In addition, AU places an emphasis on and fights for the human rights and dignity of everyone through its strong advocacy for the rights of individuals with mental health or co-occurring disorders and its strong stand against discrimination…read more.


RU Grads!  Lead Recovery Specialist opening at ABH in Bridgeport/Norwalk

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“Expressions of Toivo” - New expressive arts group at Toivo Oct. 24th

“Beyond Anger and Violence” weekly workshop for women

“Love Yourself, Heal Your Life” monthly support group at Toivo

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AU's Recovery UniversityRecovery University
Recovery University is a 60-hour advanced training and certification program for persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders.  After successfully completing the course and passing the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as a Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) and qualified to apply for RSS jobs requiring state certification.  See Recovery University for complete information.

For the latest available RSS jobs, see Recovery Specialist Jobs Openings.

AU's Advocacy Education CourseAdvocacy Education Course
AU's long-standing English Advocacy Education Course is a comprehensive classroom course held 1-day a week for fourteen weeks.  Focusing on human rights and self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills, the course also covers many important topics such as the Consumer Movement, the ADA, discrimination, public speaking, working with the media, and more.  It is one of the most comprehensive education courses in the nation for persons in recovery.

For details and to apply, see Course Schedule.

¿Habla Español?Curso de educación en español
AU's Advocacy Education Course is also taught completely in Spanish.  Recruitment for future courses is ongoing.  Call the AU Office at 1-800-573-6929, ext. 312 to schedule an interview or apply online | someter su aplicación!  For more information, see Curso de educación.

AU estamos sumamente orgullosos de presentar nuestro Curso de Educación en español. Nuestro curso es brindado a usted gracias a nuestros patrocinadores: Departamento de Salud Mental y Adición (DMHAS), y The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Para más información, para mirar el Curso de Educación en Español, o llámenos en nuestra oficina 860-667-0460, ext. 312.

Young Adult ''Super Advocate'' studentsYoung Adult “Super Advocate” Program
The Young Adult “Super Advocate” Program is an advocacy training course designed specifically for young adults in recovery ages 18 to 25.  It is an initiative for young adults to make a difference by spreading the message of recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues through advocacy and peer support.

Get involved!  For more information and to learn how to get involved, see Young Adult Program.

Image for AU's Online Self-Study CoursesOnline Self-Study Courses
Online courses and tutorials now available… Now take select courses anytime!  Advocacy Unlimited's self-paced online self-study courses are open to all our website visitors and offered at no cost.  Courses include self-advocacy and systems change training modules, such as an online course on the ADA, as well as several online tutorials on a number of topics, including computer skills.  See Online Courses.

Get Your Ged! GED Classes offered by CCAR, taught by AU

Advocacy Unlimited, in conjunction with CCAR, is offering GED classes. Take this opportunity to transform your future and enroll today!  See GED Classes for more info.  

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.

 is a statewide nonprofit organization in Connecticut that helps countless persons with, or in recovery from, mental health or co-occurring disorders and their families in many ways. Our mission is to improve the quality of their lives. We achieve this by providing comprehensive education and training in recovery and advocacy skills for persons in recovery and helping them find employment, reintegrate into the community, and get their lives back.

AU's education programs include:

   · Our long-standing Advocacy Education Course

   · The Recovery University certification curriculum

   · The Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program, and…

   · Self-paced Online Self-Study Courses


Graduates of the Advocacy Education Course

 become part of a grassroots network of trained advocates that help others in their recovery, especially by advocating for their rights and teaching them to advocate for themselves. Graduates of Recovery University become state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services. It is the only state sanctioned certification program for Recovery Support Specialists. Young adults completing the Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program enhance their own recoveries and are able to make a difference by spreading the message of recovery through advocacy to their peers. Online Self-Study Courses are free and open to all website visitors.

AU's programs are open to any Connecticut resident who has, or is in recovery from, a mental health or co-occurring disorder and who is age 18 or older. 

In addition to our comprehensive education programs

, Advocacy Unlimited provides a wealth of information, support, and resources pertaining to mental health and the issues surrounding mental illness, including awareness, discrimination, and stigma. AU has developed a network of mental health advocates across Connecticut trained to help and support others with mental health or co-occurring disorders.

Our core value and belief is that everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, gender, or disability. Knowledge and skills ensure that people play a central role in shaping the services and policies that affect their lives. was developed by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. to meet the informational, support, and networking needs of people in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders, their families, and their supporters across the state of Connecticut.  (Read more about

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