On Our Own of Maryland’s 25th Annual Statewide Conference

Transformers Maryland 2017
Celebrating 35 Years of Self-Help, Empowerment, & Recovery

Thursday & Friday, June 8 & 9, 2017

Join us on June 8 & 9, 2017 for On Our Own of Maryland’s Annual Conference being held at the beautiful Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  This year’s conference will be co-hosted by our affiliate On Our Own of Anne Arundel County, Inc.

The theme for our 2017 conference is: “Transformers Maryland:  – Celebrating 35 Years of Self-Help, Empowerment, Recovery and the Rise of Peer Support.”  This theme celebrates the many heroes who have fought for equality, fairness and justice by working to transform themselves, systems and to help others transform their own lives.  The peer support movement has risen into a powerful force for change and transformation, and has become a valuable ally in the public behavioral health arena.  Our conference will explore issues related to advocacy, peer support, wellness and recovery strategies, systems transformation, and other topics.  This marks the 35th Anniversary of the first statewide mental health consumer conference which was coordinated and held by On Our Own in June of 1982 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.
The kick-off to our 2017 conference will be our keynote speaker, Alan Green.  Mr. Green is currently the Executive Director of CHOICES, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska, which is a peer run organization that has successfully merged a Housing First ACT team and intensive case management services with peer support services, creating a unique continuum of recovery oriented services that are completely voluntary and participant directed.  Prior to moving to Alaska in 2016, Alan spent 12 years as Executive Director of the peer-run Mental Health Association of Nebraska, where he helped develop the first peer delivered services in the state, which includes the Midwest’s first crisis respite house, Keya House.
Along with our dynamic keynote speaker, we are delighted to have wonderful special guest presenters including Cheryl Sharp, Consultant with the National Council for Behavioral Health; Dr. Lisa Kugler, CEO, Beacon Health Options Maryland; Mary Blake, Public Health Advisor, with the federal Center for Mental Health Services; Jason Keckler, former commander, Frederick County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division; Ann Ciekot, Public Policy Partners; Alison Carter, Trainer/ Consultant, Berkeley Springs, WV; and Kathy Fritze, Integrative Energy Therapist from Baltimore, MD.
There will be a wide variety of workshop topics focusing on issues such as peer-run respite/ crisis homes, trauma-informed care, aging issues, spirituality, WRAP, holistic healing, advocacy issues, GLBTQ issues, criminal justice, medication assisted treatment, and more!  A list of all the workshops will be available on our website after May 1st at
Our annual Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday evening.  Following the dinner there will be several activities including our annual Karaoke and dance with a “Superheroes” theme and a costume contest.
Our general session on Friday, June 9th begins with a presentation by Dr. Barbara Bazron, Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health, Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she will speak about her vision for the future of peer services within Maryland’s behavioral health system.  Following Dr. Bazron there will be a panel presentation with key peer leaders that will highlight the innovative peer support initiatives in Maryland’s peer-operated Wellness and Recovery Centers.Come hear inspiring and informative speakers, join in the fellowship of our consumer movement, meet and greet old friends, make new ones, and learn more about the history of the consumer movement in Maryland over the past 35 years!  Join us on the beautiful beach in Ocean City, Maryland this June!


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There are a few scholarships available.  Please click here to download the scholarship application form.





“Introduction to Mental Health Recovery including WRAP®”


Tuesday and Wednesday
April 18 & 19, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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5-Day WRAP® Facilitator Training

Monday– Friday

April 24-28, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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