Connecting Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Recovery (CLEAR) is the implementation of a new contract NAMI Collier was awarded by DCF on January 1, 2013.

According to DCF, “the purpose of this contract is to shift the behavioral health system to one that does more than embrace Recovery as a concept. The system of care must put that belief into action by partnering with individuals/families in Recovery, to implement a Recovery oriented system of care that includes leadership and advocacy, Peer led training, continuous quality improvement strategies, and access to care.”

CLEAR, Connecting Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Recovery, is a statewide program provided by NAMI of Collier County and the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families (DCF).  DCF has entrusted CLEAR with the goal of shifting “the behavioral health system to one that does more than embrace recovery as a concept.  The system of care must put that belief into action by partnering with individuals/families in recovery, to implement a recovery oriented system of care.”  To that end, CLEAR has established the Florida Leadership Academy, which provides leadership and advocacy trainings for peers, family members and parents of children with mental and emotional disturbances. CLEAR also provides Wellness and Recovery Action Planning training for peers and family members and Parents as Partners training for parents and primary caregivers. Last but not least, CLEAR offers a statewide mental health access line helping people find information and referral to resources and supports for mental health challenges.

CLEAR’s Florida Leadership Academy in May 2013 brought peer, family member, and parent leaders from all over the state to learn leadership and advocacy skills from leading experts at the West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association. In October 2013, some the graduates will return to learn how to teach the same training in their communities. Graduates will hold at least one academy in each of six regions of Florida per year. Rotating throughout those same six regions are train the trainer events for peers, family members, and parents- three each per year.

CLEAR also holds Continuous Quality Improvement training for peer specialists so that peer specialists from each region are available to perform consumer satisfaction and evidence based practice reviews for DCF. Additionally, CLEAR operates a 24/7 statewide access, information and referral line directed toward Consumers and family members to carefully monitor access to care. The hotline identifies access issues (wait lists, transportation) to be referred to the respective managing entity. Call the Access Line at 1-800-945-1355 and check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/flclear for more information.