. 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 . Page 3 email Robert@ 50PlusMarketPlaceNews. com phone 303- 694- 5512 . 800- 445- 0062 fax 303- 516- 9863 mailing address 4400 Sioux Dr. Boulder, CO 80303 website www. 50plusmarketplacenews. com Published by Seniors Marketplace News, Inc. Serving: The cities & counties of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broom-field, Douglas/ Elbert and Jefferson. 50 Plus Marketplace News, Inc. is published the first of each month for folks over the age of fifty and dedicated to providing information, programs, matters of interest, and services to Denver Metro citizens. 50 Plus has 298,000 metro readers monthly. The paper is distributed by home delivery and free newsstands in businesses that cater to the needs and interests of those over 50. 50 Plus Marketplace News, Inc. encourages contributions from readers and business in the form of articles, schedules and reported events. 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Trembly II Chief Financial Officer Michael Gumb Contributing Writers Denver area Senior Centers Denver area Agencies & Businesses All seniors organizations Ad Reps Raymond Speer, Harvey McWhorter Design/ Production Lynne Poole COHowN To RTeaAchC UsT Printed on 100% Recycled Paper Many factors have impacted men-tal health care and policy in the United States. Some of the biggest changes, however, are the result of a movement of mental health con-sumers who have worked for de-cades to improve mental health care. Like other social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, the con-sumers' rights movement has pushed major changes in Ameri-can culture and society, impact-ing everything from how we un-derstand mental illness, to the treatment options, to the policies that dictate funding. The women's movement, civil rights movement and consumers' rights movement all have roots in the nineteenth century. Movement Roots. In America, Clifford Beers is considered the forefather of the movement. 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By 1984, the National Institute of Mental Health offered the Alternatives A Century and Counting: The Mental Health Rights Movement in America Mental health advo-cates from Colorado meet with mental health spokesperson and Former First Lady, Conference, a convention centered on consumers' ideas and thoughts about their care. The peer support movement has deep roots in the consumers' rights movement. Peer support provides alternatives to traditional psychiatric care. Gayle Bluebird, an activist in the move-ment for over 40 years, defines peer support as a way to share similar experiences and can be a model for each other a willingness to learn and grow. Locally, Mental Health America of Colorado's WE CAN! ( Wellness Edu-cation and Coalition Advocacy Network) program is leading the effort to create a peer support net-work in the state of Colorado. 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