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Guiding Principles

Our mission is to promote the recovery, self-determination and community inclusion of people facing psychiatric disability, addiction and discrimination through focusing on their strengths and the valuable contributions they have to make to the lives of their communities.

  • In all of our work, we are committed to openly and respectfully accompany people, families, organizations, and communities in their journeys of healing and recovery. Our work is best pursued in partnership with individuals and families, local community members, health service providers, researchers and public policy makers.
  • Recovery and community inclusion occur as a person’s gifts, strengths, and interests are valued and shared. Communities become stronger as they include the resources and talents of all people. Recovery and community inclusion are experienced in the midst of natural relationships in local neighborhoods, families and friendships.
  • Our mission is rooted in our commitment to collaboration, flexibility, responsiveness, creativity and person-first approaches.
  • Recovery refers to the ways that people with psychiatric disabilities or addictions live with their disorders and reclaim their lives in the community. Recovery-oriented care is the assistance that psychiatric and addiction treatment and rehabilitation practitioners provide in support of a person’s recovery.