Our Philosophy


The work of the Institute for Recovery is rooted in a set of passionate beliefs: that people can and do recover from mental health challenges and addiction: that all people-including recipients of behavioral health services-must have opportunities to participate fully in the communities of their choice; that peers helping peers is integral to the recovery process; and that we must transform our systems of care into systems of hope.

Guided by the transformational power of peer support, The Institute for Recovery at Mental Health Partnerships collaborates with individuals and organizations to create inclusive communities of caring, learning, and wellness through innovative training, consultation, and research.

What is Recovery?

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

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 health challenges to regain control over their lives and their recovery process.