Lynda Hennessy and Douglas Holmes visited the Kansas Recovery Conference in 2010 to see what was happening on the ground with The Strengths Model: A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services, Rapp and Goscha 2011. While there they were invited to visit Project Independence Inc. a Consumer Run Organisation (CRO) in Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas.
Lynda and Douglas were most impressed by the fact that the centre was run by consumers for consumers and that it had been in existence for over 20 years.
They decided to collaborate to make Australia aware of CROs. With the support of Gary Parker, past CEO of The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc., and others from the US CRO movement, they have been working on establishing the first CRO in New South Wales.
In 2016 Gary Parker led a two-day workshop to develop a strategic plan. Since then a small group has been meeting monthly to develop this Master Plan. Initially, the CRO was going to be called Project Independence . Unfortunately, that name was taken and the members decided on SUPER CRO.
On Friday 10 August 2018 interested members of the SUPER CRO met and made comments on the draft rules of the SUPER CRO. The draft-rules-for-super-cro-V0-14-120818 have been updated and any comments are welcome.
The Draft Rules-for-Super-CRO V0.10 041217 have been updated and will be worked on at the December 13 meeting at Randwick.
This a copy of draft Rules-for-SUPER CRO-with-Readability Guidelines-V0.2-141017 to govern SUPER CRO
Members of the SUPER CRO will be at the 2018 TheMHS Conference and the 2018 Recovery Camp where you can discuss any changes to the current rules.
The final opportunities for input into the rules changes will be at a Special General meeting on 14 September 2018 at 2pm during the Voices for Recovery forum at Club Macquarie. The document that will be used during the meeting can be found here draft-rules-for-super-cro-v0-16-140918-converted