Recovery oriented care is patient centered care and can help individuals living with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) move beyond managing symptoms of mental illness and towards improved life satisfaction and quality of life. In VA, recovery oriented care is Veteran-directed which means the Veteran is actively engaged throughout the treatment planning and recovery process. Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has delineated four major dimensions that are essential to a life in recovery:
Our third issue of Recovery Update is up! This issue features information on putting the recovery model intro practice, utilizing Supported Employment (SE) in psychosocial recovery, and choosing to disclose stigmatized aspects of self. PLUS -- recovery reminders from VA Puget Sound and an "Ask a Veteran" section from a national panel of Veterans Mental Health Councils (VHMC). The key topics are:
Treatment planning in the context of recovery oriented care means attending to whole health and wellness. This includes consideration of each Veteran’s social engagement, spirituality, relationships, and community engagement. Recovery planning requires taking a strengths-based approach, prioritizing a Veteran’s positive abilities and resources.
Recovery action planning is goal oriented. The components of a recovery action plan include:
Many Veterans find that that peer support is crucial to recovery. Peer support is important in conveying information, providing support, facilitating skills building, improving social networks, and empowering individual’s to engage successfully in their recovery journey. Please see the following links for peer support information and resources: