Advocacy Unlimited, Inc., one of the nation's largest statewide agencies of its kind, started in 1994 as the Community Advocacy Education Division (CAED), a branch of Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP). CAED was established to help people with or in recovery from mental health issues through a comprehensive advocacy education program. CAED became independently incorporated in the spring of 1998 and was renamed Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. While its original vision remained unchanged—to help people recover, achieve wellness, and have the same human rights available for and provided to all individuals—AU's programs and offerings have expanded significantly over the years with the addition of Recovery University, Young Adult Initiatives, Toivo, Problem Gambling, and more. See more info about AU's programs below. In summary, AU supports initiatives that help people recover, achieve wellness, and integrate consumers of mental health and addiction services into community life while respecting their freedom, human rights, dignity, and self-fulfillment.
- Recovery University
Recovery University is an 80-hour advanced training and certification program for persons with mental health histories. It is the only state authorized program to certify individuals as meeting the requirements of Certification for Recovery Support Specialist. Upon successful completion of the course and the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services.
- Advocacy Education Course
AU's long standing Advocacy Education Course is a comprehensive classroom training course taught 1-day a week for fourteen weeks. The course provides advocacy skills training for people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues who are age 18 or older. Focusing on self, systems, and legislative advocacy, the course also covers many important topics such as the Consumer Movement, the ADA, stigma, public speaking, working with the media, and more.
- Young Adult Initiatives
AU's programs for young adults include the Young Adult “Super Advocate” Program and Join Rise Be:
- The Young Adult “Super Advocate” Program is an initiative where young adults age 18 to 25 with mental illness and/or addiction issues learn how to recover or further their recovery, sustain their recovery, and go on to provide peer support and hope to other young adults with mental health and/or addiction issues.
- Join Rise Be is a peer-run, grassroots, recovery initiative that is dedicated to making the opportunity of recovery available to all young people (18-29 years of age) within the state of Connecticut by sharing its experiences to influence change at the local, regional, and state levels.
- Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited
Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited is a unique and powerful holistic wellness initiative. Toivo brings a holistic approach to health and wellness with classes in interactive yoga, meditation, transformative habits, mindfulness, music healing, nutrition workshops, recovery workshops, wellness events, highly respected and impactful guest presenters, and much more.
- Problem Gambling
Advocacy Unlimited (AU) is dedicated to supporting people and their families affected by problem gambling with mutual support and cultivating healing techniques. AU established goals to support people and families with problem gambling by offering peer support, supportive intervention, education, mind/body healing techniques, and outreach programs. As an advocacy agency, it is important to continue educating and advocating for research and legislation to support people with a problem gambling addiction in the state of Connecticut.
- Human Rights Advocacy
Aggressive promotion of responsibility, growth in daily living, and rights protection for everyone, independent of distinguishing people as abnormal or not. This is the only collaboration that can increase the number of people leading meaningful lives and overcoming problems with living.
- Latino Initiative
AU's Latino Initiative disseminates information within the Spanish speaking community, and translates and informs relevant materials so they are accessible to Spanish speaking persons in the greater Hartford area and throughout CT. AU's website is available in Spanish. Also, the Advocacy Education Course is offered at times taught completely in Spanish.
- Online Self-Study Courses
Advocacy Unlimited's online self-study courses and tutorials are open to all website visitors and offered at no cost. Current courses include an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Preparing and Giving Legislative Testimony, and an introduction to Developing Cultural Competency. Tutorials include various computer training courses, Internet and email basics, writing effective letters to the editor, and writing effective letters to elected officials.
- Public Access TV
AU's Holistic Healing and Wellness programing on public access TV, brought to you by Toivo.
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