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The National Empowerment Center, a National Consumer Technical Assistance Center, is pleased to announce that the Alternatives Conference 2017 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Park Plaza from Friday evening, August 18 through Monday, August 21, 2017. Each Alternatives Conference offers in-depth technical assistance on peer-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods.

The Alternatives 2017 Conference Committee, which includes consumer/survivor/peer leaders across the nation, is seeking proposals for presentations and is interested in including diverse perspectives. We invite everyone to consider becoming a presenter. First-time presenters are especially welcome. Learning from each other is a clear example of self-help, mutual support, and the principles of recovery in action.


Applications to present workshops at Alternatives 2017 are due by March 17, 2017 and can be submitted online or by mail. Detailed information including the categories for presentations is available at: Alternatives 2017 Call for Presentations.

Conference Registration

Conference registration information will be available soon. The early bird rate of $375 includes Friday evening dinner, breakfast and lunch Saturday through Monday, and all conference events. Hotel room is not included. One day registration is $150.

Exhibit Information

The Exhibit Space Agreement (PDF, 403KB, 1 page) is now available. Space is limited, sign up eary! The deadline is July 14, 2017. More information will be available soon.

We hope to see you at Alternatives 2017 in Boston!

Alternatives 2017 is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration