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Creating Opportunities for People with Mental Illness to Exercise Power in Their Lives


Grassroots Empowerment Project (GEP), a state-wide non-profit organization that is controlled and directed by mental health consumers/survivors, exists to help people labeled with a mental illness exercise power in their lives. We are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Optum Health, a variety of project grants and fee-for-service contracts, Community Shares of Wisconsin, and private donations.

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We believe....

• People with mental illness are valuable and entitled to respect and power as members of the community
• People with mental illness working with each other leads to empowerment and recovery
• A strong GEP facilitates the empowerment of people with mental illness
• Consumer-run organizations can be vehicles for system change by strengthening the voice and choice of people with mental illness
• People with mental illness can revolutionize the mental health system
• People with mental illness have the right to holistic and humane treatment/services, which includes choice, respect & dignity.

GEP will...

• Be an organization run by people with mental illness.
• Be guided by the views of people with mental illness statewide.
• Increase the knowledge and skills of people with mental illness to advocate for themselves and reach their desired potential.
• Advocate statewide for people with mental illness in coalition with other organizations.
• Be the leader in Wisconsin’s consumer movement.
• Operate with equal respect for all and according to principles of accountability and fairness.
• Have sufficient funds to meet our mission and implement our values.
• Assist people with mental illness in the establishment and running recovery-based non-profit organizations and services.
• Develop leadership of people with mental illness within the mental health system.
• Promote a positive image of people with mental illness.



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