The notion of recovery, since being identified as the most important aim of mental health services by both the 1999 Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health and the 2003 President's New Freedom Commission, has rapidly and broadly permeated the American mental health system.
Recovery should not be mistaken for a passing fad. Indeed, its roots stretch to the birth of psychiatry in the 18th century. As its reintroduction is intended to bring about a fundamental transformation of mental health care—in the phrase of the 2005 Federal Action Agenda, "a revolution in care"—recovery also should not become simply a new word to be used in describing current practices.
But what, then, is "recovery" in relation to mental illness? And what implications does recovery have for transforming mental health practice to become "recovery oriented"?
This Web site and the Resource Center for Mental Health Professionals it represents are devoted to answering these two key questions that will guide mental health policy and practice for the foreseeable future. As part of a Federal initiative to move the concept of recovery from policy and vision statements into practice, we offer here a range of resources for mental health professionals who are engaged in the transformation process.
"The RTP Initiative offers practitioners tools to promote and sustain recovery." Click below to visit this site: