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IL-NET T&TA Center for Independent Living Presents… A National Webinar: Innovative Transition for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities

July 12, 2023; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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The IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center operated by ILRU in collaboration with NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations. This webinar will be a discussion highlighting varied approaches and strategies surrounding transitions and diversions for individuals with mental health and other disabilities who may be at risk for institutionalization.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience: Executive directors, program managers, and staff members of Centers for Independent Living


  • Vesper Moore – Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Kiva Centers and a Board Member at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Alex Mikowski – Executive Director, Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc.
  • Jessica Hazel – Peer Advocate, Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc.
  • Vicki Smith – Executive Director, Alliance of Disability Advocates
  • Corey McKittrick – Director of Programs, Alliance of Disability Advocates

What You Will Learn

  • Describe the role of peer support in providing diversion strategies and alternatives to institutionalization for individuals in mental health distress.
  • Identify best practices for outreach and support to psychiatric survivors to receive CIL IL services when they might not identify as individuals with mental health or other disabilities.
  • Describe peer-run alternatives to hospitalization that include 24/7 peer-run respites run by people with mental health disabilities and staffed by certified peer specialists, and mental health and legal policy specialists.  

Presented by the IL-NET: The IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center for Independent Living is operated by ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization). The IL-NET T&TA Center provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0002 and 90ISTA0002 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.