Chrysalis promotes mental health recovery in our community by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing and wellness.

Recovery Principles 

Chrysalis practices the following recovery principles;

  • Participants determine their own path.
  • Participants can and do overcome obstacles.
  • Recovery focuses on people’s entire lives, including mind, body, spirit and community.
  • Peer Support or mutual support plays an important role in recovery.
  • There are multiple pathways to recovery based on participant’s unique strengths, preferences, experiences and cultural backgrounds.
  • Recovery isn’t a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks and learning from experience.

Inclusion Statement

Chrysalis works to address inequities and oppression in our community by promoting the following values;

  • Celebrating the strengths that come from diverse experiences and preferences.
  • Welcoming anyone at any stage in their mental health recovery journey.
  • Recognizing people have the power to reach their individual goals and grow in various aspects of their life.
  • Promoting inclusivity in the community by supporting meaningful work opportunities, and partnerships.
  • Utilizing cultural humility to provide appropriate interventions that support the recovery and healing of those we serve.

Agency History

Chrysalis, Inc. has been serving the Madison community since 1980 as a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The founders wanted to avoid following a trend at the time, that was to provide mental health support in sheltered workshops. These founders believed that real-life experiences were more powerful and lasting than those consisting of isolated and confined interactions. Therefore, the Chrysalis Supported Employment and Vocational Peer Support Programs emerged and, to this day, Chrysalis focuses on providing community-based vocational support services.


Chrysalis is governed by a board of directors, has six full-time employment staff positions and five certified peer support positions. Chrysalis has an operating budget of $750,000. Chrysalis provides vocational support services to over 150 Dane County residents with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Chrysalis is funded by Dane County Department of Human Services, the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Shares of Wisconsin and community donors. 87% of all funds go directly to program-related costs.

Please visit our Donations page to learn more about our financial and in-kind donation needs.



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