On Our Own, Transforming the Future Together


The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) is proud to host the 2018 Alternatives Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 29 through August 3, 2018. The site of the conference is the Catholic University of America which is strategically placed in the nation’s capital, not far from Capitol Hill. A pre-conference Hill Day will offer a hands-on, grassroots opportunity for us to organize, raise our voices and be heard by our federal representatives. 

Now in its 32nd year, the Alternatives conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). Alternatives is renowned for offering the latest and best information in the peer recovery movement, and provides an invaluable opportunity for peers to network with and learn from one another. This will be a “people’s Alternatives,” funded entirely through registration fees and donations. We will be ‘on our own’ again, connecting to the roots of our movement. We look forward to seeing you there!


Additional Information

Additional information will be posted at this website as it becomes available. Please check back for information about keynote speakers, exhibits, and more.



At this time, we do not have funds available to provide scholarships for the Alternatives Conference. We recommend that conference attendees seek funding from local organizations and agencies. Potential funding sources include your employer, state- and city-wide mental health advocacy groups, peer-run and consumer-run groups, and disability rights advocacy organizations. You may also want to consider crowdfunding your expenses.


Continuing Education Units (CEs)

The Alternatives Conference will apply for approval for CEs for workshop attendance through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).



All photography provided by Jared Chambers


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