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Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Behavioral Healthcare

Through our long-standing partnership with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction services, PRCH has developed a comprehensive set of recovery-oriented practice guidelines which offer specific guidance on how to translate the concept of recovery into the concrete day-to-day practice of behavioral health care practitioners and systems. These guidelines have been developed with contributions and guidance from a wide range of stakeholders including persons in recovery, families, direct support professionals, policy makers, private nonprofit service providers, the academic community, advocacy organizations, and community members. They are also informed by an extensive review of the recovery literature, consultations with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the various lessons that have been learned by PRCH through our experiences in research, evaluation, training, and consultation. The Guidelines have already begun to influence Requests for Proposals and Qualifications, provider contracts, performance indicators, and outcomes monitoring procedures in the state of Connecticut, and they have been requested by JCAHO in their preparation of recovery-oriented accreditation standards for 2006. While the realization of truly recovery-oriented care will require a long-term and steadfast commitment of all stakeholders, we offer these guidelines to you as an initial, and important, step forward in the overall process of system transformation.

Link to Practice Guidelines (PDF).

For more information, please contact Janis Tondora, PsyD.