Part II Activities

Line 1

The primary purposes of People Who Net are to be a charitable public benefit corporation.

People Who Net builds value on the Internet for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions. The People Who Information Center organizes direct electronic access to people, discussions and data through lists, links, and a library.

People Who Net - Proposed Five Year Work Plan

1999: E Mail - 100% time, on the Internet and in Seattle, WA, by volunteer list subscribers and workers, volunteer People Who Net officers/board

Research applicable public and private funding streams, develop a set of basic materials and a network of those to write support letters, and begin application process. (Sylvia Caras, President)

Install Lyris software and establish e mail lists, and for each, archives and a simple related web page. Make other domains available. (Eileen Lopp)

Create the StateNet list for state focused discussions, and a state umbrella list to disseminate state focused announcements (Miriam Gershow)

Create consumer lists: California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington (Sylvia Caras)

Invite to create consumer list: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania (Sylvia Caras)


Contact half of those awarded State Networking Grants to offer e mail discussion list hosting (Laura Smith)

Establish a support list for Lyris list owners. Continue the existing national and international mailing lists: Act-Mad, ClubMad, Mad-GLBT, MadGrrls, MadSpirit, TwoHats, WNUSP, WFMH-SCL and create others as demand indicates. Expand Act-mad into an set of focused, action-oriented, integrated lists. Create a list for managed care networking. Create a list for older adults. Create a list to discuss relational theory and paradigm change for professionals and Women Who. Offer hosting services to NAMI Consumer Council, NMHA Consumers, supporters. Advertise list hosting availability quarterly through UseNet news groups. (Eileen Lopp, Jon Cosby, Sylvia Caras)

Maintain an electronic dialogue with CONTAC, NEC, and NMHCSHC. Coordinate with KEN, PIE, MentalHealthNet (WFMH). (Sylvia Caras)

Disseminate bulletins and other information (all)


2000 - World Wide Web 100% time, on the Internet and in Seattle, WA, by volunteer list subscribers and workers, volunteer People Who Net officers/board

Continue prior year’s work.

Develop the People Who Information Web Site.

Explore collaborating with HSRI to develop an evaluation model, an efficacy measure.

Consider memberships and solicitations.


2001 - People Who Library 100% time, on the Internet and in Seattle, WA, by volunteer list subscribers and workers, volunteer People Who Net officers/board

Continue prior years’ work.

Expand the MADNESS gopher into a web based library.


Year Four and Five - Sustainability

Continue prior years’ work.

Expand KEN’s start to support the full development of a c/s voluntary personal contact information database.

Market list hosting, web hosting, and dial up services.

Use the materials developed by Boston University to create and market a training module.

Host an Internet Consumer Conference and/or make the Alternatives Conference net available.



Education presentations:

Alternatives, CMHS Grantees Meetings, CMHS National Advisory Council, IASPRS, NAPAS NARPA, NMHA Beers Conference, State Networks, WFMH.

Develop Master Trainer positions, a Train-the-Trainer module, and a trainer network.

Coordinate with Departments of Rehabilitation and Departments of Education. Collate employment successes for contracts obtained because of technical skills learned through People Who Net.

Line 2 Financial Support

People Who Net plans to use incorporation and tax-exempt status to answer government and foundation grant requests for applications. People Who Net may solicit e mail subscribers directly. Anticipated support will be from federal grants, private foundations, and individual donations

Line 3 Fundraising program

Federal grants - application anticipated to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2001.

Private foundations - $5000 applied for from Nonprofits’ Policy and Technology Project Pilot Project Grants. If awarded, anticipated receipt in 2000. Application follows as representative solicitation

Individual donations ($200 received)

Line 4a Officers, Directors, Trustees

Sylvia Caras, President, Director

146-5 Chrystal Ter

Santa Cruz CA 95060-3654

No compensation

Richard Ratledge, Secretary/Treasurer, Director

169 E Sacramento Ave

Chico, CA 95926

No compensation

Line 12b limiting services

The services of People Who Net are targetted at people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions, mental health professionals and other carers and interested people. Beneficiaries of services are self-selected by that statement of purpose.

Part IV

Expenses Line 22 schedule 1999

$125.00 CA Incorporation and Service Mark Fees
$150.00 IRS Exemption Fee


Line 3 Fundraising program

Private foundations - $5000 applied for from Nonprofits’ Policy and Technology Project Pilot Project Grants. Application follows as representative solicitation


Project Summary

1. Organization

People Who Net

Sylvia Caras, Coordinator

146-5 Chrystal Ter

Santa Cruz CA 95060-3654


v/f: 1 831 426 5335


2. Description

People Who Net,, integrates value on the Internet for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions.

(People Who Net (EIN 77-0503659) filed non-profit application papers in California January 27, 1999.


3. Public Policy Areas

Collaboration among diverse mental health constituencies; engagement of disadvantaged people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions; replicable and scalable formats.


4. Technology

Servers for Lyris list management software, world wide web sites, chats, and a web based library.


5. Budget $5000

2000 Web Site development

1250 Web reporting software

500 Train supervisor and staff

1250 Indirect costs


6. Statement of Reuse

I authorize OMB Watch to use, for the purposes of promotion of and education about the Nonprofits and Technology Project, all information directly related to this project, including the amount awarded.


Project Narrative

1. Description

This NTP Pilot Project will develop the People Who Information Center web site into a designed, coherent, accessible resource.

People Who Net builds value on the Internet for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions. The People Who Information Center organizes continuous direct electronic access to people, discussions, and data through a library, links, and lists.

People Who Net is a public face for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions. We are guided by basic beliefs in respect for self and others, inclusion, choice, personal and social responsibility, and volunteerism as community glue. We call ourselves People Who to counter being impersonally dismissed as "the mentally ill" or "the homeless" or distanced by being thought of as our diagnosis.

PWIC, the People Who Information Center, maintains an organized accessible starting place for information and strategies which improve the social well-being and health of People Who. PWIC brings together links which emphasize complementary approaches, social change and mutuality.

Internet access enhances the lives of People Who, improves advocacy, and cuts system health and management costs. People Who Net benefits the future by making a space for building worth and compassion, gaining in self-understanding, and increasing technical skills. People Who Net provides a significant personal and social benefit by reducing the true cost to the system and patient of managing ill health and improving social integration and patient life quality.

For the past five years, what has evolved into People Who Net has provided e mail list discussions to the community of people who use and provide mental health services. We’ve provided support, averted crises, changed bureaucracies and gained credibility. We have done this as a volunteer project, dependent on ourselves in-kind.

People Who Net has grown from a personal e mail message to 17 people to, by the end of 1998, a dozen volunteer administrators managing more than a score of lists and web pages. Many visitors have low incomes and receive disability benefits. (The Internet is blind to constituency diversity information and we have not gone ahead to take a snapshot.) Mental health service users so far have established consumer lists in 20 U S states.

By example, People Who Net models the skills of leadership. We are building a base of Internet-literate people who are becoming mentors and trainers. Subscribers to People Who Net lists have established an active Internet presence even beyond People Who Net by joining provider lists and news groups and writing from their own experience about mental health services.

The root causes of the problems associated with being a Person Who are arguable and varied. Despite this lack of definitive knowledge, the benefits of Internet support and advocacy are pragmatically apparent and anecdotally demonstrable. We are already doing it. We know it works.

"What I have to offer here is just applause. While I can often come off just as a big slow-witted angry guy, in this listserv I'm finding like minds who say what I feel much more effectively."

"The lists have been a wonderful source of information, beautiful writing and an 'introduction' to some truly remarkable people."

"Thank you for your incredible ability to consistently make available extremely important news and wonderful links to terrific resources."


This NTP Pilot Project will translate the existing rudimentary web resources into a designed coherent accessible site. We will then be able to use the already contracted 00 funding to pay a mental health consumer .05 fte to keep the site updated. We will announce the site through periodic postings to news groups and related lists, list the site with web search engines, and mail announcements to mental health periodicals.


2. Outcomes

The People Who Information Center will organize in one place in an easy to use format the diverse mental health self-help Internet resources. We will be able to see demonstrated what we have been able to aggregate.


3. Lessons

The project will demonstrate the growing use of the Internet for mental health self-help, support and advocacy. It will be an example of mostly volunteer peer administered lists and other web sites. It’s contents will help to balance the stereotypes of people with mental illness as less than able.

4. Effectiveness and Impact

We will use existing commercial software designed to measure world wide web efficacy to review who visits the site and how it is used - length of visits, downloads, visitor origin. We will include a feedback e mail address and solicit comments, additions and corrections. We will report out on the web, through the related e mail lists, and at the 00 Annual National Mental Health Statistics Conference.


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