CVAB was founded in 1995 in Vancouver, WA as a Peer-Run organization. A Peer-Run organization is one that is controlled by individuals who have their own lived experiences with mental illness, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction, trauma, and most importantly recovery. The majority of CVAB's Board of Directors, payed staff, participants, and volunteers are in recovery, with many of them in dual-recovery.
What makes our organization truly unique is that we didn't learn about mental health from a text book, but instead through our own personal experiences. As participants, volunteers, and employees of CVAB we strive to use mutuality-the shared components of our story-to connect with others. We aim to guide and inspire people toward their own lives of wellness and recovery.
While there are a number of peer-run organizations throughout the country and the rest of the world, peer-run organizations are still relatively rare in the mental health services landscape. CVAB seeks to establish itself as a complement to the current mental health system, with a strong focus on making sustained recovery a reality.
CVAB is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating across Washington State. CVAB is run by an executive director who is accountable to a Board Of Directors.
Executive Director: Brad Berry