2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Conference

August 30 – September 1, 2020

Margaritaville Lake Resort

Osage Beach, Missouri

The Real Voices – Real Choices Conference is an exciting opportunity for individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and in recovery for substance use disorders.  It is a gathering of consumers, family members, friends, self-advocates and persons in recovery who come together to learn about programs, service issues, opportunities and self advocacy.  It’s about fostering growth and empowerment, as well as finding the tools to be successful in the community.  Annually, hundreds of individuals gather for this very empowering conference.   


Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Real Voices – Real Choices Conference can be found by clicking  HERE.

 Co-hosted by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation & the Missouri Department of Mental Health





Scholarship Applications for the 2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Conference

will open on March 11, 2020.


The deadline for the applications will be April 15, 2020.


There are multiple ways to submit a scholarship application….follow the links below for the option of your choice:





(Please bear in mind that if you use the fillable form, you will not be able to save the filled form to your computer.  Your only choice will be to PRINT it)


All printed applications can be sent via:



Missouri Department of Mental Health

Attn:  Real Voices Real Choices Conference

1706 E. Elm Street

Jefferson City, MO  65101




Attn:  Real Voices Real Choices Conference






2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Consumer Conference
August 30, 31, and September 1, 2020 Margaritaville Lake Resort
Osage Beach, Missouri


Please complete and submit the application on the following page to reserve your booth space at the 2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Consumer Conference.

TO REGISTER AS AN EXHIBITOR ONLINE  Use for credit card payment


TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT REGISTRATION – Use if paying by check or money order – Make check or money order payable to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and mail to:  Missouri Mental Health Foundation, 221 Metro Dr., Suite C, Jefferson City, MO  65109


Exhibit Logistics

 Exhibits will be located in Windgate Hall

 Exhibit Hours are 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sunday, August 30, 

     7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday, August 31

     7:30 AM to 10:10 AM, Tuesday, September 1

 Exhibits consist of an 8’ x 10’ space with pipe and drapes, one six foot draped and skirted
table, and two chairs, an identification sign, and a wastebasket.

 No food or beverages allowed in the exhibit area for purchasing.

 All participants receive an exhibitor check off list to be initialed at each booth in order for
entry into a drawing for a chance to win door prizes offered by exhibitors.

 Two meal vouchers provided for agency representatives to include all meals provided by the
conference. Hotel rooms are at the exhibitor’s expense.


**** Exhibitor Highlights ****

Exhibitor information will be displayed on the projector screens when breakouts are not in session.
Conference staff will include information provided by organization.

Exhibitors can provide printed material (1 sheet/packet) to go into the attendees bags. Will need
to provide 1,000 copies no later than July 20, 2020.

Exhibitors can provide promotional items to be included in all 1,000 attendee conference bags.
Items will need to be received no later than August 3, 2020.

All printed materials and promotional items must be shipped postage paid by the deadlines listed
above to the following address:

Consumer Conference

1706 East Elm Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101



$500 (for-profit entities) 
$200 (not-for-profit organizations)

If you require electrical access, there is an additional $55 charge per booth. Exhibitors may sell
items at their booth but you must indicate on the exhibit form that you will be selling items and
you are then considered a for-profit entity and
will need to pay $500.


Booth Set-Up and Dismantle Times

Set-up: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 30

Teardown: 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 1

Margaritaville Lake Resort offers other booth services to vendors such as the provision of additional tables and chairs, increased electrical access, easels, electronic equipment such as VCRS and monitors, telephone service or internet access.

If you would like to take advantage of any of these enhanced services, you should arrange for them with the hotel in advance. Fees charged by the hotel for these items and services must be defrayed by the exhibitor.


Shipment of Exhibit Materials

Margaritaville Lake Resort does not accept shipment of exhibit materials. Page and Brown Convention
Services, Osage Beach, Missouri offers exhibit-handling services and may be reached at (573) 348-5176 for more information and shipping instructions. Any materials shipped in advance must be sent to Page and Brown at the exhibitor’s expense.


Margaritaville Lake Resort HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSE

The exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages, and claims arising out of the exhibitor’s activities on the Hotel premises and will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Hotel, its owner, and its management company, as well as their respective agents, servants, and employees from any and all such losses, damages, and claims.

The Hotel will not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage or claims arising out of the exhibitor’s activities on the Hotel’s premises except for any claims, loss, or damages arising directly from its negligence.


2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Conference

August 30 – September 1, 2020

Margaritaville Lake Resort

Osage Beach, Missouri


Registration will open May 1st.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, keep an eye on the “Scholarship” tab.  Applications for scholarships will begin March 11, 2020REMEMBER:  IF you are awarded a Scholarship, conference staff will call you to complete the registration process. Therefore, you MUST have a working telephone number and e-mail address. If staff are unable to reach you, then your scholarship will be FORFEITED – SORRY NO EXCEPTIONS.



2020 Real Voices – Real Choices Conference


The Real Voices Real Choices Conference has sponsorship opportunities available! The Real Voices Real Choices Conference is an annual, statewide conference designed to inform, educate and empower individuals with and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Attendance at this event is generally more than 700 individuals. This coming year’s Real Voices, Real Choices Consumer Conference will be held Sunday, August 30th – Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

All sponsorship opportunities will include a minimum of:

 Recognition on the conference website and social media
 Logo/listing in the conference program booklet – approximately 1,000 printed

There are five different sponsorship levels available; each with various benefits. We can also customize a benefit package for you if you have specific needs for your sponsorship dollars.

Sponsor commitment deadline is April 1, 2020 (payment is due at time of commitment).

Please note: Sponsorship opportunities will still be available after April 1st but due to printing deadlines, we cannot guarantee that your logo/listing will be included on printed materials.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT the Sponsor Form and mail it along with payment to:
Missouri Mental Health Foundation
221 Metro Drive, Suite C
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109


to pay by credit card – CLICK HERE

Download Sponsorship Information Above






CLICK HERE to download and print the flyer below.




The conference schedule will be published this summer closer to conference time.




Session descriptions will be available this summer closer to conference time.