National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers

The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers provide technical assistance to promote consumer-directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses and are funded by SAMHSA. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery, promote access to treatment, and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization. 

Doors To Wellbeing National Technical Assistance Center

Doors To Wellbeing is a national consumer technical assistance center established by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery with funding support from SAMHSA. It focuses on engaging the assets, enthusiasm, and lived-experience of our nation’s youth and young adults to help energize the consumer-led movement for recovery and wellness in the United States and prepare organizations to address contemporary challenges. Doors to Wellbeing is a connection point for the millions of Americans of all ages and from diverse cultural, ethnic, gender identity, generational, racial, and sexual identity communities who are forging new pathways to living full and independent lives in the communities of their choice.


Peerlink works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations. It works with community agencies to increase their capacity to provide services that facilitate and promote social inclusion to people diagnosed with mental illness. It offers training and resources on organizational capacity building, employment, and financial self-sufficiency to people who have used mental health services, and promotes social inclusion strategies for programs and organizations.

National Empowerment Center

The National Empowerment Center (NEC) expresses a message of recovery, empowerment, hope, and healing to people who have experienced mental health issues, trauma, and extreme states. Run by consumers, survivors, and former patients, the NEC provides:

  • Speakers, information, and referrals
  • Networking with independent living centers and disability rights groups
  • Representation on boards and before policy makers

It coordinates conferences and conducts research on recovery, and develops and supplies self-help resources.

Support, Technical Assistance and Resources (STAR) Center

The Support, Technical Assistance and Resources (STAR) Center is dedicated to building organizational, business, and management capacity of identified consumer leaders and consumer- and family-run organizations to increase the availability of consumer-directed, recovery-oriented approaches, with a core concentration on youth leadership development.

Collaboration, Advocacy, Friendship and Empowerment (CAFÉ) Technical Assistance Center

The Collaboration, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment Technical Assistance (CAFÉ TA) Center is a program of The Family Café, a cross-disability organization that connects individuals with information, training, and resources. The CAFÉ TA Center provides mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership.