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CSP Executive Committee

Person In Recovery 


Justin Chamrin

Family Co-Chair

Kathy Laws

Provider Co-Chair

Jim Markey


Dion Despaigne

Advocacy Subcommittee


Akilah Williams

Michelle Gonzalez

Community Outreach Subcommittee


Dion Despaigne

Julie Whitmore

Conference Subcommittee


Danny Kuchler

Stacey Volz

County CSP Liaison

Tracey Riper-Thomas

CSP Protocols:

Membership of the CSP Committee consists of any interested citizen in the Montgomery County.  This includes individuals, family members, mental health professionals, and other community members.   Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to participate in    the discussions.

ll members are entitled to one vote per person. 

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of up to three co-chairs, and a treasurer.  Whenever possible, the three constituencies (individual, family members, and mental health professionals) will each be represented on the committee.  If equal representation is not possible at a given time, all efforts will be made to recruit members of each constituency willing to serve on the committee. The committee shall also consist of subcommittee chairs and the county liaison. Elections are held annually to elect all Executive Committee members except the county liaison.

CSP Goals:

  • Community Education, Training and Technical Assistance on the CSP and Recovery Principles

  • Assisting and advising the county Office of MH and the MH provider network in defining needs and developing priorities on behalf of consumers and  family members

  • Reducing Mental Illness Stigma and other Barriers in Montgomery County

  • Providing Quality Assurance and Accountability within the Montgomery County Mental Health System

  • Public Policy Consultation and Advocacy to the Montgomery County MH System


Ten Fundamental Recovery Components include:


  • Self-Direction

  • Individualized and Person Centered

  • Empowerment

  • Holistic

  • Non-Linear

  • Strengths-Based

  • Peer Support

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Hope

A fiduciary ensures that the committee operates independently from the county

Hopeworx, Inc. is the fiduciary for the Montgomery County CSP Committee. It is responsible for the financial accountability of the committee's funds. The CSP Committee receives money from the county each year for an operating budget. The CSP Committee monitors the budget monthly and allocates funds by a consensus vote. The fiduciary ensures that the financial decisions of the committee are carried out.

CSP Principles:

Principle 1: Person Centered/Person Empowered

Services are based upon the needs of the individual in order to make informed decisions to live happy and healthy lives.

Principle 2: Culturally Competent

Services are sensitive, respectful, and responsive to racial, ethnic, religious, and gender identities of individuals and families.

Principle 3: Designed to Meet Special Needs

Services are designed to meet the needs of persons with mental illness who are also affected by such factors as old age, substance abuse, physical illness or disability, mental retardation, homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system.

Principle 4: Community-Based/Natural Supports

Services are provided in the least coercive manner and in the most natural settings possible. Consumers are encouraged to use natural supports in the community and to integrate into the living, working, learning and leisure activities of the community.

Principle 5: Flexible

Services are designed to allow people to move in and out of the system and within the system as needed.

Principle 6: Coordinated

Treatment services and supports are coordinated on both the local system level and on an individual consumer basis in order to reduce fragmentation and to improve efficiency and effectiveness with service delivery. Coordination includes linkages with consumers, families, advocates and professionals at every level of the system of care.

Principle 7: Accountable

Service providers are accountable to the users of services and include consumers and families in planning, development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluating services.

Principle 8: Strengths-based

Services build upon the assets and strengths of consumers and help people maintain a sense of identity, self-esteem and dignity.

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