Mission Statement

The Consortium creates conditions in which people with lived experience pursue their dreams and strengthen our communities through full participation.

The Consortium program and supports currently include, but are not limited to, persons with lived experience of:

  • Being labeled by others
  • Cognitive or physical limitations or disabilities
  • Mental health diagnosis and or extreme states
  • Significant health issues or challenges
  • Drug and alcohol addictions
  • The impact of trauma or abuse
  • Being a family member or primary supporter of a person with significant life stressors

We use the phrase lived experience because we believe:

  • People have the right and ability to define themselves.
  • People can discover their own paths to recovery
  • Life experience is a powerful teacher and guide

Values Statement

The Consortium is committed to creating and maintaining:

  • An organizational culture in which lived experience is central
  • Communities in which social roles are valued and all can influence decision making
  • Relationships in which all persons are valued, respected and encouraged to share their gifts fully
  • A work place in which collaboration and team work lead to shared responsibility, responsible risk taking and innovation

Core Competencies

The Consortium embodies and builds upon these core strengths:

  • Highly individualized and flexible approaches to meet people’s needs and aspirations
  • Peer leadership and self advocacy
  • Examining assumptions and imagining alternatives
  • Creating the conditions that make the experience of real home life possible
  • Creating the conditions in which people recover and heal in community
  • Consultation, education and training