Starting a DBSA State Organization
DBSA state organizations:
- collectively serve as representatives of DBSA in the state.
- provide support to new and existing local DBSA chapters.
- conduct statewide efforts to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.
The first step in starting a state organization is to connect with the other DBSA chapters in your state to evaluate the interest. If there is interest in starting a state organization (not every chapter has to be involved, but the more that are, the stronger the organization will be), DBSA will work with you to set a time for the chapters in the state (and other interested individuals) to come together for a meeting to explore the possibility of starting the organization and to network. At this meeting, participants can talk more about what it means to be a DBSA state organization, decide if they want to do it, and begin developing plans for what the organization will do.
Each DBSA state organization offers different things, but many:
- offer networking opportunities for all local chapters.
- develop a list of state-wide resources for all chapters.
- offer and hold trainings (facilitator, leadership skills, etc.) for local chapter leaders.
- hold a state-wide conference for consumers.
- develop a state-wide newsletter.
- provide a lending library of resources for the local chapters.
- travel to areas without DBSA support groups to help get them started.
- help support groups that are just getting started.
- refer people to their local support groups.
- communicate legislative advocacy updates.
If you or your chapter has an interest in starting a state-wide effort with other chapters please contact DBSA Chapter Relations Department at (800) 826-3632, x175 or via e-mail at StartUp@DBSAlliance.org