A Mental Health Consumer is a person who receives mental health treatment or support. The term was coined by people who use mental health services to empower others with mental health concerns, suggesting there is a reciprocal contract between those who provide a service(mental health providers) and those who use a service(consumers). Consumers of behavioral health services can and do recover, live meaningful lives, and help each other with the recovery process. The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (OCAFA) recognizes that lived experience of mental health issues provides a crucial source of insight that is of value and must be respected.
If you are a mental health consumer we would like to invite you to take part in a focus group (small discussion group) about behavioral health support, resources and service delivery in Idaho. The focus group should last no longer than one and a half hours and will provide an opportunity for you to find out about ways to get involved in behavioral health efforts. Your responses will be used to learn more about Idaho’s behavioral health climate from the consumer and family member perspective. We use this input to inform the types of educational activities and resources we offer. Your feedback is completely anonymous and greatly appreciated! If you would like to take part in the focus group please let us know by calling (208) 336-5533 or emailing us.