Consumers Self Help was founded in 1986 when a group of Consumers banded together to advocate for a Consumer Run Program. We received a small grant of $20,000 from the County Board of Supervisors to start their program.
At first, the program rented meeting rooms at Churches and other non-profit organizations. Consumers, that is individuals who received mental health services, got together for peer support, and to advocate together for improved services. These were pretty informal gatherings
In 1989 Consumers Self Help became a private non-profit organization and by 1995 the organization was expanded to three separate programs, the South Center, North Center and The Office for Patients’ Rights for Sacramento County.
In 2007 the contract for the Wellness & Recovery Center under the Mental Health Services Act was awarded to Consumers Self Help.
Today, Consumers Self Help Center offers two multi-service Wellness & Recovery Centers, and Patients Rights Advocacy in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa County.
Through it all, we have remained peer-driven, and peer-operated.