Rainbow Heights Club Goes National: USPRA Conference, Chicago 2008

(Featured in photo from left to right: Sharon Drosos, CPRP, Triple R Behavioral Health, Phoenix AZ; Lisa Razzano, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy, Chicago, IL & USPRA Conference Co-Chair; Nicholas Love, CPRP, DiversiT, Manicopa, AZ; Parker, MSW, Outreach and Education Coordinator, Rainbow Heights Club; Marie Hamilton, LCSW, MPH; Kathleen O'Donnell, USPRA Member; Christian Huygen, PhD, Executive Director of the Rainbow Heights Club)


In June 2008, Christian Huygen and Parker of the Rainbow Heights Club were chosen to present at the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association's 33rd Annual Conference held in Chicago, Illinois. The conference lasting from Monday, June 16th-Thursday, June 19th offered representatives from the Rainbow Heights Club to interface with mental health professionals from across the nation with the hopes of spreading the word about the Rainbow Heights Club. On Tuesday, June 17th Christian and Parker presented a 90 minute workshop entitled: Start Where You Are:  Building Support Services on a Shoestring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons in Recovery.  Parker and Christian used the development of Rainbow Heights Club as an example of how agencies can develop services to meet the needs of marginalized populations.

Parker received scholarships from USPRA as well as sections of NYAPRS which made our participation in this years conference possible. We would like to extend special appreciation to USPRA's Multicultural Committee and the LGBT Sub-Committee for making our time spent in Chicago memorable. For a full article about the events of the USPRA Conference check out next month's Rainbow Heights Club Xpress coming in JULY!