Pat Risser

(Patrick Alan Risser, B.A.)

154 Ronald Ave.

Ashland, OH  44805

(503) 655-2530




Experience Summary


       Extensive experience as an author trainer, facilitator, presenter and consultant

       Human rights activist, mental health advocate and trauma champion for over twenty-five years

       Knowledgeable perspectives as consumer/survivor, professional provider, administrator and family member

       Developed self-help, peer support groups, built and directed statewide consumer network and directed a patients' rights program

       Special expertise in training on trauma issues, mental health recovery and recovery-oriented systems, self-determination, case management and on employing consumers as part of the mental health workforce


National Recognition (Awards)


       NMHA (National Mental Health Association) Clifford Beers Award in 2005

       NACM (National Association of Case Management) XCEL Award as Consumer Case Manager of the Year in 2000




       Partners in Recovery: A Model for Creating and Measuring a Recovery-Oriented Mental Health System

       Identifying and Overcoming Mentalism: Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma

       Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure and Assure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance

       Positive partnerships: How consumers and non-consumers can work together as service providers

       Barriers to Self-Determination for People who have been Identified as Having Mental Illness in Western Society


Organizations Provided Consultant Services


       IAPSRS (International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services)

       NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

       USBH (United States Behavioral Health)

       Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

       CIMH (California Institute for Mental Health)

       CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies)

       PSU-RRI (Portland State University – Regional Research Institute)


National Mental Health Achievements (1981 - Present)


       Alternatives 2006 and 2007 National Conference Planning Committees

       SOCSI (Subcommittee On Consumer/Survivor Issues) advisory to federal government (SAMHSA and CMHS [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Center for Mental Health Services]) on National mental health consumer/survivor issues

       NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) Board of Directors (also Past President)

       NACM (National Association of Case Management) Board of Directors

       PAIMI (Federal Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Peer Reviewer


Ohio Mental Health Achievements (2006 - Present)


       Ohio Community Support Planning Council Member

       Ohio Adult Recovery Network Board Member

       Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board Member


Oregon Mental Health Achievements (1998 - 2005)


       Oregon State Mental Health Planning Council member

       Oregon State Mental Health Advisory Board member (appointed by Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber)

       Clackamas County Mental Health Council member (Past President)

       Oregon PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

       Oregon Consumer/Survivor Council member

       Oregon Advocacy Center (P&A) Board of Directors

Oregon Mental Health Achievements (cont.) (1998 - 2005)


       S.P.I.R.I.T. (Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training), curriculum and program developer/trainer/consultant

                  crisis management

                  symptom management


                  systems and advocacy

                  peer counseling


                  today's mental health system


                  diagnostic labels


                  case management

                  disabled rights movement

                  mental health consumer rights movement

       OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance), a program operated by the Oregon Health and Sciences University Center on Self-Determination, lead training associate


California Mental Health Achievements (1991 - 1998)


       California State Mental Health Planning Council member

       CALMHB (California Association of Local Mental Health Boards) member

       Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission (appointed by County Supervisor, Jeff Smith) member

       California PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

       MHCC (Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc.), contractor for Contra Costa County Patient Rights, Advocacy and Training and the Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients (over $1 million non-profit contract agency), Co-Executive Director

       Mental Health Association of Contra Costa County Board of Directors (Past President)

       S.P.I.R.I.T. (Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training), curriculum and program developer/trainer/consultant

       Project GEO (Generating Employment Opportunities) University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California, Training Faculty.  Provided trainings (based upon core curriculum values and philosophy) in:

                  Career Planning and Goal Setting (Consumer Directed)

                  Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including psychopharmacologic issues)

                  Client-Directed Services

                  PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System

                  Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy


Colorado Mental Health Achievements (1981 - 1991)


       Colorado State Mental Health Planning Council member

       Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations (appointed by Colorado Governor, Roy Romer), member

       Bethesda (Southeast Denver) Community Mental Health Center Board of Directors

       MHCD (Mental Health Corporation of Denver) (appointed by Denver Mayor, Federico Pea), a merger of the four Community Mental Health Centers in Denver, Board of Directors

       PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

       SCCORE (Statewide Consumers of Colorado On the Rise for Expression), the first statewide consumer/survivor organization, Founder and President

       Denver Consumer Case-Manager Aides, Member of first class in the nation of this training of consumers to be mental health professional service providers

       NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) CSP (Community Support Programs) grant to form a statewide consumer network, co-author of grant and project facilitator

                  Started over forty consumer self-help, peer support groups and consumer-operated drop-ins

                  Started 17 local AMI (Alliance for the Mentally Ill) support groups

                  Created award winning newsletter to share the information and facilitate communication between support groups

       NIMH-CSP grant to start consumer owned and operated businesses, co-author of grant and project facilitator

                  Taught people to write effective business plans

                  Provided ongoing technical assistance and supportive oversight to assure continued success of fledgling businesses

                  Helped people obtain 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt status where needed