Creating a Recovery-Oriented System of Behavioral Health Care: Moving from Concept to Reality

Davidson, Larry; Tondora, Janis; O'Connell, Maria J.; Kirk Jr., Thomas; Rockholz, Peter; Evans, Arthur C.
June 2007
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal;Summer2007, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
This article describes challenges and successes seen in the first four years of efforts the state of Connecticut has made to reorient its behavioral health system to promoting recovery. Beginning in 2000, the Connecticut initiative was conceptualized as a multi-year, systemic process that involved the following interrelated steps: a) developing core values and principles based on the input of people in recovery; b) establishing a conceptual and policy framework based on this vision; c) building workforce corn petencies and skills; d) changing programs and service structures; e) aligning fiscal and administrative policies; and, finally, t) monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting these efforts. Following descriptions of the first four steps, the authors offer a few lessons that might benefit other states engaged in similar processes of transformation.


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