The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center is jointly funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a five year period. Its mandate is to focus on an specific area of disability , develop new knowledge and translate that knowledge into useable tools for stakeholders. The RRTC is divided into two components: the Research Program and the Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Program. Each component is comprised of specific projects. CPR has had an RRTC since 1979.
Guided by the non-negotiable values of personhood, choice, self-determination, and respect, people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness are invited to collaborate with staff, many of whom self-identify as recipients of mental health services, to begin the process of recovery and healing from the many consequences of a psychiatric disability. Services are delivered using education as a framework as it immediately gives people a valued role that of a student, rather than a patient, consumer, client, or a diagnosis. The outcome of Recovery is a given here. It is not debatable or an outside possibility. We are not a traditional clinical environment, but we maintain the highest ethical standards. We share power with our student, have high expectations and learn with our students as we support their quest to be full citizens as healthy adults.