Who we are…

KYSTARS is a unique state-wide group consisting of behavioral health consumers, professionals, administrators and family members working collaboratively to promote the reality of recovery throughout Kentucky.  We are dedicated to assisting people with incorporating recovery based principles into all facets of our behavioral healthcare system.

What we do…

KYSTARS believes change occurs with a combination of collaboration, education and support.  With these principles in mind, we have established the KYSTARS Training and Technical Assistance Center.  Our center staff is available to advise, consult and provide support to consumers,
professionals and programs across the commonwealth.

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KYSTARS Mission Statement:
Assisting people with incorporating recovery based principles into all facets of our behavioral healthcare system.

KYSTARS 2016 Update

2016 was another active year with KYSTARS (Kentucky System Transformation Advocating Recovery Supports). We hosted the annual KYSTARS Kentucky Consumer Conference in May with almost 400 behavioral health consumers from around the state. We also host-ed the 3rd annual Kentucky Peer Excellence Awards the evening before the conference. Many of our activities centered around receiving approval as providers of Adult Peer Sup-port Specialist Trainings by the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmen-tal and Intellectual Disabilities. (KYDBHDID). James Haggie and the KYSTARS team worked diligently on the curriculum and conducted the first training in June in Lexington closely followed by the second training in August in Hazard, KY. We are looking forward to more trainings in the upcoming year and the proliferation of peer support throughout our entire behavioral health system. Goals for the upcoming year include expanding Mental Health First Aid throughout Kentucky, expansion of Peer Awards to more fully include Youth & Family Peer Specialists, and as always a bigger, better Consumer Conference that has already been scheduled for May 12, 2017. So, mark your calendars!


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