April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the April issue of The Atlantic features a story titled - “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabriella Glaser. The article sheds light on the recovery support service of 12-step programs through interviews with research and practice experts and personal testimonials.
Blog: Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care
Calling all recovery practictioners and researchers: The Addictions and Mental Heath Division of the Oregon Health Authority and Regional Research Institute at Portland State University are accepting proposals for workshops or presentations for the Oregon Recovery Into Practice/ Recovery Into the Community Statewide Institute. The Institute will take place in Portland, Oregon, from April 23-April 25, 2013.
The Institute is focused on bolstering and increasing the availability and utilization of recovery-focused practices in all aspects of mental health services delivery, and to positively impact the achievement of better community inclusion and community integration outcomes in direct consequence of their utilization.
Attendees will include:
King County Reclaiming Futures is aligning their recovery work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's revised definition and vision of recovery:
“A process of change through which individuals work to improve their own health and wellbeing, live a self-directed life, and strive to achieve their full potential.”
Please take a moment to review the new "performance indicator" report, released by the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Mental Illness, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (MHCADSD).
A few highlights from the summary:
- Successful grant applications
- High quality programs
- A wide range of services
- Strong policymaker outreach
Despite difficult fiscal times, King County also made significant progress transforming to a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). They continue to focus on evidence-based practices throughout their system and increase provider capacity to use evidence-based service models.