Pat Risser was a leading voice in the psychiatric survivor movement for decades. He was a president and long-time member of the Board of Directors of NARPA. Pat was a leader, a friend, a hero, and an inspration...
Pat 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 was the topic of "recovery" from mental illness. He developed an exemplary educational curriculum designed to assist persons diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to obtain employment, 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 served on the faculty of McLauren Graduate School of Management at the University of San Francisco and as a Training Associate with OCTA (Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Technical Assistance). Pat had the distinction of serving on the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Councils of three states: California, Oregon, and Ohio.