Our Philosophy

The work of the Institute is rooted in a set of passionate beliefs: that people can and do recover from mental illness 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 tranform our systems of care into systems of hope.

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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. 

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.