Webinar: Learn How Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Organizations Work TogetherSAMHSA E-mail Updates sent this bulletin at 06/24/2013 12:29 PM EDT
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Webinar: Learn How Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Organizations Are Working Together To Achieve Common Goals
Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Health reform will require an increase in collaboration among all aspects of health care and community support, including strong alliances between mental health and addiction recovery organizations. Fortunately, there is recognition now that peer-run mental health organizations and addiction recovery communities have much in common and will benefit from forging alliances to achieve their common goals.
Thursday's webinar will:
- Explore how peer organizations (POs) and recovery community organizations (RCOs) can partner to achieve common goals.
- Identify the incentives and barriers to PO/RCO partnerships.
- Learn about the Appreciative Inquiry Approach to developing partnerships between POs and RCOs to work together.
More Information About the Webinar
A common theme throughout the history of people with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders is the important role played by peers—people in recovery who have provided inspiration and guidance to those who continue to struggle. In both fields, peer support has been a vital source of recovery support. In mental health, the roots of peer support are merged deeply with the mental health consumer movement, which is, in essence, a civil rights movement. In contrast, peer support in the addictions field is rooted in mutual aid groups, best exemplified by 12-step programs. Despite different origins, peers in both fields want to help others recover and lead meaningful lives, and individuals in recovery are leading the call to change service systems of care to become more recovery oriented.
Recently, three community-based organizations—the Transformation Center, the RECOVER Project, and the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community—worked together to build consensus. Through a Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy State Peer Award, these organizations engaged in dialogue and developed mutually beneficial strategies. The process of dialogue and collaboration was studied by Jonathan Delman, Ph.D. He has developed the Appreciative Inquiry Approach, which could help POs and RCOs establish partnerships and work together to accomplish their common goals.