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DBSA Boston Monthly Speakers’ Series Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7 p.m. ET

Howard Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP, COAPS
“From Lived Experience with Mental Health Challenges to Passionate Advocate”

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Description of Presentation
Howard is the co-founder and on the leadership team of the Metro Boston and Southeast Recovery Learning Communities, is a Certified Peer Specialist, and a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner.  He will speak about his experiences with mental health challenges, his involvement with numerous organizations, boards and committees; and how these experiences intersect and overlap with each other.

Bio of Presenter
Howard serves/has served on many mental health related boards and committees, frequently serving as president, chair, or co-chair. They include, among others, the PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) of the Disability Law Center; the MBHP (MA Behavioral Health Partnership) Consumer Advisory Council; MA DMH Mental Health Planning Council/Metro Suburban Area Board; and NAMI—various roles including MA Board of Directors and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. He is also a frequent presenter nationally on topics including restraint & seclusion, growth of peer-run programs, managed care, entrepreneurship, and warmlines.

Howard has received numerous awards including a Commissioner’s award for his work on Recovery and Rehabilitation from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; NAMI Massachusetts Consumer of the Year; Advocate of the Year from NAMI Greater Boston CAN (Consumer Affiliate/Advocacy Network); NAMI National Consumer Council; the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee; the Edinburg Center; the Disability Law Center; Boston Medical Center; MBHP; and Jewish Vocational Service. He is also the co-author of “From Within: A Consumer Perspective on Psychiatric Hospitals,” a chapter published in the Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry.

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