Introducing and advancing the principles of mental health recovery and peer support

The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration works to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner.  We do this through:

  • Click here for Institute for Recovery eLearning courses
  • Workshops on recovery
  • On-site Recovery Education Groups
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Groups
  • Training WRAP Facilitators
  • Operating a Peer Specialist Certificate Program and Online Forum for peer specialists
  • Providing technical assistance to agencies, service providers, and municipalities.

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The Institute maintains an extensive library of documents and web resources on recovery, peer support, and community integration.

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What is Recovery?

Recovery is a self determined and holistic journey that people undertake to heal and grow.

What is Community Integration?

Community integration is the opportunity to live in the community and be valued for abilities and unique qualities like everyone else.

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is the building and nurturing of relationships between peers which assists individuals in their journey of recovery and wellness. Some characteristics of this relationship include mutual respect, trust, hope and education.

What is a Certified Peer Specialist?

A Certified Peer Specialist is a paid staff person with a mental health or co-occurring disorder who has been trained and certified to help her/his peers identify and achieve specific life goals.  The Certified Peer Specialist promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in recovery, and assists people with mental illnesses to regain control over their lives and their recovery process.

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