How We Started

Community Advocates was created in July 2005 with county funds as an affiliate of the Consumer Satisfaction Team of Montgomery County Inc. now known as Hopeworx, Inc. The mission of Community Advocates is to promote self-advocacy with adults using mental health services in Montgomery County through choice, self-determination and empowerment in collaboration with all community members.

Who We Are

We are an advocacy team of individuals who use or have used mental health services, family members and professionals working together to help adults resolve problems and improve relationships within the mental health system, to provide self-advocacy education, and effect systems change.

We are funded by the Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health, grants and donations.  The Board of Directors of HopeWorx, Inc. offers support and guidance in the development and operation of the advocacy organization.

Meet the Team!

Kathie Mitchell, Director

Ellen Kozlowski, Advocate

Jomel Silverio, Advocate 

Jeffery Pierson, Advocate