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Awareness to Build a Better Community & Life Today.

Who We Are:

VitAL is a proven partnership between Alabama state agencies and the University of Alabama, School of Social Work. Working comprehensively towards making a difference in the lives of Alabamians through its relationships with community stakeholders and the provision of services across the state of Alabama. VitAL is committed to improving services, public policies, and social conditions for individuals with mental health, substance use and trauma-related challenges, through engagement, collaboration, research and education.

VitAL represents a unique partnership that supports people who are directly impacted by the services, legislation, and policies we advance, and informs the agencies and the practitioners who benefit from our innovative training, consultation, and implementation techniques.

Community Stakeholders We Support:

  • Individuals with mental health, substance use and trauma-related challenges
  • Agencies and practitioners providing services, including community-based organizations, hospitals, and peer-run organizations
  • Employers/workforce
  • Managed care organizations
  • Federal, State, and Local governments
  • Academia

Our Services:

Vital is comprehensively working towards making a difference in the lives of Alabamians through its relationships with community stakeholders and the provision of services in the state of Alabama through four strategic areas of expertise:

1. Training and Education

VitAL’s representatives are providing training and education to facilitate a positive change in Alabama’s transformation in service and stigma in our population. The education and training is geared toward:

  • Students • Community Members • Workforce • Support People/Caregivers

2. Research and Evaluation

VitAL is committed to supporting the research and evaluation needs of Alabama organizations, including assessing needs, identifying and securing potential collaborators and partners, and generating reports, white papers, and peer-reviewed articles.

3. Service and Implementation

VitAL is committed to ensuring that services and implementation efforts across our state are evidence-informed.

4. Community Engagement:

Vital is committed to seeing positive outcomes in areas such as crisis care, housing, and prevention. Vital meets with community stakeholders individually so that they contextualize and use data insights to provide the highest level of service, which is critical to achieving and sustaining positive change and improving the lives and well-being of Alabamians.

Our Approach:

VitAL uses evidenced based practices while aligning principles of research with a focus on outcomes in all aspects of service provision, evaluation, training, advocacy, and community engagement.