Mental Health Training
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Springville UM Church
169 Broadway
Springville, IA 52336-0040

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(563) 726-3244


Todd Novack

The East Central District is sponsoring a Mental Health Training.
Topic: Peer Run Crisis Respite Homes in Rural Areas
What is "Life Connections Peer Recovery Services?
What Can You Learn From This Organization?
How Can You Be Involved?

Please come and learn how you can help your community take care of God's people better from people who have successfully been doing this.

Who are the presenters?
Todd Novack
  • Todd is the Executive Director of Life connections Peer Recovery Services. He has 18 years' experience in management and sales in the rent to own business as well as the car business, he has been a Regional Coordinator of the Office of Consumer Affairs twice since the IAMHR held the grant and has been the OCA Director for a second term as well and now is the Executive Director of Live Connections Peer Recovery Services.
  • He  is now actively involved in all aspects of Mental Health Recovery, by overseeing and facilitating support groups, public relations, business management, and keeps up to date with the latest developments in Peer Support Recovery movements and, ongoing changes in state and local capacities involving individuals, their family members and children. He has navigated and helps individuals and families navigate the resources through the state. Todd is also a person with lived experience for those with mental health issues, living with  mental illness, and hold certification in Peer Recovery Specialist in the IC&RC Model. He has recently started a new Peer Run non-profit (Life Connections Peer Recover Services) that has opened a Peer Run Respite House in Iowa, he is a 2010 Peer Support Training Academy Graduate and Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator. Volunteer & Advocacy Experience as a Board Member for the IAMHR, Previous Member of the Iowa Peer Support Training Academy Advisory Committee and is a member of the State Mental Health Planning Council.
  • Todd started his journey in recovery 10 years ago when he experienced chronic back pain and has had multiple surgeries. He was able to find hope through many supports.
Betty King
  • Betty is the Organizational President. Betty was the founder and board president of Iowa Advocates, a Peer Run Organization. She is a former teacher for the University of Iowa, Social Work department. Betty has also been a Peer Specialist for the Integrated Health Care Program at Abbe CMHC.
Edward Murphy
  • Edward is a father of three children, and has been married to his wife, Darcy for 22 years. He is a Peer Support Specialist licensed in both Iowa and Illinois. He is also one of two advanced level WRAP facilitators in the state of Iowa. He is the house manager at Rhonda's House, Iowa's first and only peer run respite house. He has spent the last 8 years learning all he can about his own mental health diagnoses, as well as others and how he can share his lived experiences to assist others in recovery. He continues to learn the true meanings of hope with the people he works with every day. He is truly blessed and will never stop trying to change the negative stigma associated with mental health.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to;
  1. Examine key steps for understanding a Peer Run Crisis Respite in a rural area.
  2. Identify support from key allies and building partnerships in your communities
  3. Research key collaboration sustainability of Peer Run Crisis Respite Homes
In this Webinar, Todd Noack, Executive Director of Life Connections Peer Recovery Services will share the journey of Rhonda's House, a Peer Run Crisis Respite Home in DeWitt, Iowa (population of 5,000). It started as an idea, developed into a hope and is now operating to support people through difficult times. The journey of Rhonda's House took hold through collaboration with key stakeholders and lots of learning along the way. Through patience, self-determination and support, the journey was long but Todd didn't give up.

We will learn how to build a well team and lots of creative funding strategies. We will also learn how peer support values can not only support people through a crisis situation, but can also build communities moving toward wellness.
This presentation is beneficial for communities wanting to learn more about peer services and peer support in general, how can your congregation become a good steward to embrace these services and partner together, and looking for better ways to support people in crisis as well as those looking to build on their congregation for peer run services.

Join us to learn more about Peer Run Crisis Respite Homes in rural areas.

Please RSVP to Todd Novack;
Cost is $10.00 - paid at the door