National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Pat Risser was honored as the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Clifford Beers Award, the National Mental Health Association's highest award, for pioneering the inclusion of consumers as service providers, and other achievements. Pat has extensive experience as a trainer, facilitator, consultant and mental health advocate. His special expertise is the topic of "recovery" from mental illness. He has developed an exemplary educational curriculum designed to assist persons with psychiatric disabilities to obtain employment in the mental health field and is the author of the "Crisis Recovery Individual Support Plan" (CRISP), a model to help mental health clients manage their symptoms while pursuing their goals. Pat has served on the faculty of McLauren Graduate School of Management at the University of San Francisco and is as a Training Associate with OCTA (Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Technical Assistance) and is a past President and long-time member of the Board of Directors of NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy).