When Joseph A. Rogers founded the Clearinghouse in 1986, under the
auspices of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania,
it was the first national technical assistance center of its kind. Its
mission was to make recovery possible for all people who have
psychiatric disabilities by working to improve services and supports,
and to remove social barriers on the local, state, and national levels.
More than two decades later, Rogers is internationally renowned as a
leader in the mental health consumer movement who still heads the
Clearinghouse as it continues to connect people to self-help and
advocacy resources and offer expertise to and about peer-run groups and
organizations that serve people who have been diagnosed with mental
What is offered on this site?
you’ll find the latest information on mental health and
consumer/survivor issues. We include updates on important issues,
linking you to news sources, funding opportunities and the most recent
developments in the consumer movement. You’ll also find conference
announcements and job postings from across the nation.
this page we’ve made our training materials available for download.
Trainings are an important way to develop skills and to confidently
provide your community with informed, empowering services and
opportunities. Clearinghouse staff can arrange and assist with
trainings in your community on topics such as self-advocacy, working
with the media and many others.
the years the Clearinghouse has collected thousands of resources in our
library which we use in providing information and technical assistance.
In the resources section you’ll find downloads, links and references to
many of these publications and organizations, which you can use to
research mental health and consumer/survivor issues.
Clearinghouse has always provided our constituents with newsletters,
toolkits and other forms of information to keep them up to date on
important issues. The Key Update, our current monthly e-newsletter,
provides timely news and notes on important mental health issues. Our
quarterly bulletin, the Key Assistance Report, offers more in-depth
analysis on selected topics that can be used as resource guides or
training material. On this page you’ll find downloadable versions of
these publications, along with all of the issues of our previous
publication the Key and an archive of our previous website.
Technical Assistance Guides are designed to meet the needs of
individual consumers and consumer-run businesses and services. Each of
our in-depth guides contains detailed and useful information and is
based on extensive research. They can be used as general topic
introductions, or followed as step-by-step guides to advocacy and
Recently, the Clearinghouse has developed its Directory of
Consumer-Driven Services, which provides consumers, researchers,
administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive
central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven
programs. Such programs have a proven track record in helping people
recover from mental illnesses.
Please contact us with questions, comments and/or requests for information. We’re here to serve you!
Contact us by mail, phone, fax or e-mail
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (800) 553-4539
or (215) 751-1810
Fax: (215) 636-6312