Our History

Hope  –  Education  –  Self Advocacy  –  Peer Support  –  Personal Responsibility –  Resiliency

The history of the national recovery movement

 Video – Joseph Rogers


The history of the Recovery Movement in Montana

Montana’s Peer Network

2017 – Senate Bill 62 Certification of Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists passes the 2017 legislature and was signed by Governor Bullock on March 31, 2017.

2016 – MPN presents at the Montana Mental Health Policy Summit, Membership surpasses 630 members across the state, 2nd Annual Recovery Conference in September (Recovery Month), Annual award winners Best Recovery Oriented Services Connie Griffen Recovery Home – Helena, Pat Solan Peer Support Montana State Hospital and Sgt. Jim Anderson Gallatin County Sheriffs Office Ally Award, MPN presents at SAMHSA SCN grantee meeting in Washington DC, 3 year Peer Support Recovery Enhancement Project, The Recovery Coach Outreach Project is featured in the National Council on Behavioral Health magazine, MPN receives a 3 year grant from SAMHSA to train peer supporters statewide

2015 – Completion of Peer Services Toolkit, Signature programs Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies tour Montana and the development of a workbook. Recovery Coach Pilot Project provides community based mobile crisis outreach utilizing peer support and works in conjunction with CIT. Montana Peer Support Task Force achieves its mission and goals, certification for peer supporters rolls out early 2016. Membership reaches the 560 count. First class of peer supporters trained in our signature program Peer Support 101. Hosting first statewide Recovery in Big Sky Country Conference. 2015 Achievement Award winner – Jennifer Fauque, Lifetime in Recovery Award winner – Charlie McCarthy, and Best Recovery Oriented Services Award winner – Winds of Change, Missoula

2014 – Organization reaches the 400 member count, Launches Recovery Coach Pilot Project in Gallatin County to work with CIT to provide peer support in the community, Peer Advocate Program and continues the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Project statewide. Executive Director is asked to present at Peerpocolypse in Seaside, Oregon. Peer Support Task Force continues to work towards peer certification and standardization statewide. Peer Support 101 training is developed. 2014 Service Award winner – Sandi Glenn

2011- 2013 The latest incarnation of Montana’s statewide peer run organization was officially incorporated in December 2011 with non profit 501c3 status achieved. The entire organization was re-constituted and the old organization dissolved. With new leadership, a new board of directors and new by-laws Montana’s Peer Network was born. New recruitment, executive director hired, healthy budget and we began to forge a new future. Many committees were formed, policies and procedures, drafted, along with a new mission for the organization. Most importantly a fresh positive philosophy and a new culture was being built. With representation from many regions of the state we feel we can achieve our goals with a broader view of Montana. We promote all forms of health recovery tools such as SMART Recovery, Recovery Intentaional, 12 step, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, IMR, holistic and many others. We strive to use technology to reach peers across our vast state. As we look to the future, it looks bright and we are hopeful for positive change in Montana.

Current and Past Projects from MPN

Trauma Informed Peer Support training, Advance Psychiatric Directives, Wellness Recovery Action Planning Project, Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Project, Recovery Coach Outreach Program, Vision of Hope Documentary, Dandelion Documentary, Recovery Coach Pilot Project, Wellafalooza, Peer Support 101 Training

Past Board of Directors – Gary Travis, Sandi Glenn, Matthew Stewart, Lillian Fowler, Michael Caruso, Charley Johnson, Kerry Brown, Liz Silliman, Robin Johnson, Tracy Stone, Kerri Wood, Kay O’holm-Montague and Mike Parker – We thank you for your past service.

Montana Peer Network

2009- 2010 Montana Peer Network has worked closely with Mental Health America of Montana, through its National Consumer Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC) since 2007 in an effort to promote mental health recovery and organize a consumer-run organization in MontanaIn August of 2008, Montana Peer Network moved toward a leadership team – steering committee approach as our team was operating on a limited scale and all input at our meeting was deemed valid to the growth of our organization and the inclusion of individuals.  Since that time, Montana Peer Network has continued the strategic planning process through meetings, conference calls and emails etc.  In October 2009, Montana Peer Network held a meeting of the steering committee and others, where our thoughts and energy centered around fostering teamwork, strategic planning, membership, and building other needed committees to strengthen our network.In November of 2009 in Helena MPN held its inaugural WRAP Facilitator Training. Eleven participants were selected from across the state to attend a 5 – Day Intensive WRAP Facilitator Training.  These newly trained facilitators will expand the access to WRAP throughout our vast state.


2007-2009 CALM4us is a consumer-run organization providing opportunities for individuals and communities, fostering hope, encouraging personal responsibility, providing peer support, education, and engaging in advocacy.

A brief synopsis of some our milestones are shown below. We Incorporated as Consumers Asserting Leadership in Montana

  • We Changed the Name and Registered  DBA Consumers Asserting Leadership in Montana – CALM4us
  • CALM4us developed and revised a vision, mission, purpose, and values statement
  • CALM4us established  relationships with national Technical Assistance Centers
  • Represented CALM4us at the Regional SAMHSA meeting in Colorado
  • Represented CALM4us at the Alternatives Conference in 2007, St. Louis Missouri, and  in Buffalo, New York in 2008
  • Represented CALM4us at the NCSTAC (National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center) Sustainability Conference in Albuquerque, NM
  • CALM4us also participated in the Montana Legislative Summit in the spring of 2008
  • CALM4us sponsored, with additional funding from WSAA, a “Community Celebration of Recovery and Wellness” Presenter Stephen Pocklington, Director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery,  December, 2008
  • Three WRAP Facilitators within our CALM4us membership auditioned for, received training, and earned Certification from the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery as Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators in December, 2008 and now have the capacity and certification to train fellow WRAP Facilitators
  • CALM4us developed a website
  • CALM4us sponsored a WRAP workshop for 17 participants in Helena April, 2009
  • CALM4us has held quarterly face-to-face meetings for leadership team members
  • CALM4us Leadership team members have participated in several conference calls with the National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center

Montana Recovery Educators Association

2006 -2007  Consumer/peer movement officially begins in Montana. First recogized peer organization in Montana. The main focus was Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops started by four WRAP facilitators.