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SAMHSA’s quarterly newsletter, Practicing Recovery, is for behavioral health practitioners and others working in the field of recovery. Each issue features thought leaders, personal narratives, organizational initiatives, tips, resources, announcements, and more.
August 2018 Practicing Recovery: Getting to the Core of Recovery (PDF | 844 KB): A review of the resources developed over the course of the project and a capstone of perspectives on the essence of recovery-oriented practice from experts nationwide. The last page provides links to new items and the entire collection of products.
June 2018 Practicing Recovery: Medication as a Tool for Recovery (PDF | 427 KB): Explore how programs and providers can support overall health, improve outcomes, and empower individuals when prescribing and managing medication.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on recovery-oriented use of medications.
April 2018 Practicing Recovery: Family Engagement (PDF | 1 MB): Explore how family engagement contributes to mental health recovery, including an overview of the importance of culture in families, tips from an innovative family-led program, and resources where you can learn more.
December 2017 Recovery-oriented Cognitive Therapy (PDF | 629 KB): Find out how you can integrate elements of this recovery-oriented and evidence-based treatment into your daily interaction with individuals using services.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on CT-R.
September 2017 Recovery-oriented Approaches to Housing Instability (PDF | 894 KB): Look at some of the causes and signs of housing instability across diverse groups and settings; learn what you can do to help people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on homelessness.
July 2017 Recovery-oriented Practices in Integrated Care Settings (PDF | 1.9 MB): Learn what integrated care is, how it works, and its role in a recovery-oriented approach to services.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on integrated care.
March 2017 Empowerment and Independence for Youth in Transition (PDF | 1.1 MB): Explore ways the behavioral health workforce can support transition-age youth as they plan for their futures and live meaningful and self-directed lives.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on transition-age youth.
January 2017 Recovery-Oriented Practices in Criminal Justice (PDF | 1.2 MB): Learn about two well-tested approaches to jail diversion: crisis intervention team programs and mental health courts.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on recovery-oriented practices in criminal justice.
September 2016 Promoting Recovery During Crisis: Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) (PDF | 659 KB): Explore how PADs—a legal document that allows people to state their treatment preferences in advance of a crisis when they may be unable to grant or withhold informed consent to treatment—can be win-win tools in helping to avoid unnecessary hospitalization and facilitate individuals’ choices regarding their mental health care.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on psychiatric advance directives.
June 2016 The Importance of Family in Diverse Communities (PDF | 586 KB): Learn how a whole family framework that builds trust, honors diversity, and engages members is a vital part of a recovery-oriented system, especially for families from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds.
To learn more, watch the webinar on the cultural formulation interview for diverse communities.
March 2016 Implementing and Measuring a Recovery Orientation (PDF | 1.1 MB): Find out how individuals and organizations are continually adapting to changing environments, learn more about readiness for change, and explore what recovery is from an organizational perspective and how it can be measured.
To learn more, watch the webinar on implementing recovery-oriented practices.
January 2016 Incorporating a Recovery Orientation in Hospital Settings (PDF | 1.2 MB): Discover how recovery concepts can infuse all aspects of hospital-based services, including the environment itself, staff attitudes and language, person-centered treatment, discharge planning, and follow up from actual organizations who have transformed their systems to promote and support recovery and wellness.
To learn more, watch the webinar on this recovery in hospital settings.
September 2015 Outreach and Engagement (PDF | 2.6 MB): Consider the role of engagement in recovery and learn how to promote and support personal involvement with, participation in, and contributions to health care, self-care, social networks, and communities.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on the foundations of recovery-oriented care.
July 2015 Value of Family Support (PDF | 8.7 MB): Learn about family members’ role in their loved ones’ recovery and why supports for families are an important component of supporting people with serious mental conditions.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on the role of communities.
April 2015 Expanding Person-Centered Care Through Shared Decision-Making (PDF | 23 MB): Explore concepts and issues related to implementing shared decision-making, including stories, tools, and examples on ways people, providers, and organizations can incorporate shared decision making into practice.
To learn more, watch the webinar series on shared decision-making.
January 2015 Expanding Person-Centered Care Through Peer Support (PDF | 1.4 MB): Receive an introduction and practical steps for developing peer provided recovery supports, recovery stories, tips, and resources.
To learn more, watch the webinar on the foundations of recovery-oriented principles and practices.