The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health was created July 1st, 2000, funded in part by federal grants, but made possible primarily by core funding provided by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. This funding initiated what has become a productive multi-year collaboration between DMHAS senior leadership and PRCH focused both on the transfer of science-to-service (e.g., identifying and implementing evidence-based practices) and on the use of science (e.g., data, service innovation) to identify and address pressing issues that emerge in the process of providing care to the DMHAS population.
This service-to-science focus has involved the development, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative services oriented toward addressing important unmet needs of DMHAS clients. In addition to evidence-based practices, the major areas for this collaboration have been creating a recovery-oriented system of care, identifying and redressing health care disparities based on race, ethnicity, and culture through the cultivation of a culturally-responsive system of care, and exploring alternative approaches for high risk populations.
Key deliverables from this partnership have included:
- Recovery Self-Assessment
- Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Behavioral Healthcare
- Position papers on Recovery and Behavioral Health
- Development of Recovery Models for Mental Health and Addiction
- Development of Psychiatric Advance Directives
- Recovery Education and Training Institute
- Pathways FOR-U Project
- Identification and Promotion of Centers of Excellence
- Faith Initiative
- Health Disparities Initiative
- Cultural Competence Training
- Peer Engagement Specialist Initiative
- Citizens – Community Enhancement Project