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Stairways launches Client Advisory Council

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nearly 100 civically engaged Stairways Behavioral Health service consumers came with questions, concerns and suggestions to the March 30 debut meeting of the Client Advisory Council inside Blossom’s Clay Studio at BLOOM Collaborative.

They were seeking to have their voice heard as well as engage in a larger dialogue about participation in their recovery process.

The Client Advisory Council (CAC) is an assembly that gives clients an opportunity to provide input related to services at Stairways. In addition to helping give clients a greater voice, the aim of the CAC is to increase overall client participation at Stairways.

Internal Audit Manager Beverly Wright led the meeting, which lasted just under an hour. Among the topics discussed were volunteer opportunities, client recognition honors, classes, trainings and group outings.

Stairways interim executive director Robin Dowling and Board of Directors members Kate Bender and Mary Ellen Dahlkemper made introductory remarks, and several division directors then briefly delivered statements on the state of their respective programs before opening the floor to clients.

Clients in attendance received a $15 Wal-Mart gift card and enjoyed refreshments and snacks.

Stairways plans to hold CAC meetings every four to six weeks. The next meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. until noon on Thursday, May 12 at Blossom’s Clay Studio.

For clients with questions or those interested in registering for the next meeting, please call 392-1761.

Right: Beverly Wright speaks at the Client Advisory Council meeting.

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