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June 8, 2014

Advisory Council to present mental health conference in Park City

The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health will host its annual Recovery Conference on June 17 and 18.

The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health will host its annual Recovery Conference on June 17 and 18.

The conference is put on by mental health consumers as a way to help other consumers live better lives, said Vicky Lynn Collins, president of the board of directors for the council. Attendees will be able to choose from 25 workshops over the two-day conference, which has undergone significant changes since its inception in 2000, Collins said.

Before last year, the conference was held at Century II, but due to budget restrictions it was moved to the Best Western Wichita North, 915 E. 53rd St. North, in Park City.

“The CAC has had some very difficult decisions for the conference budget, but we’re still having the conference,” Collins said. “It’s still surviving.”

The conference is open to all who have mental health disorders, Collins said, from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder, or even to Alzheimer’s disease.

“We assist everybody, all diagnoses,” Collins said.

Collins said the conference is not all about workshops – attendees will have a chance to kick back and enjoy a dance on Tuesday evening as well.

People interested in attending the conference can register in person at the event or online at www.kansascac.org. Before June 13, registration is $55 for consumers and $90 for non-consumers. The day of the conference, it is $65 for consumers and $100 for non-consumers. The conference starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

“We’re peers who support each other and take care of each other,” Collins said.

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