Documents & Reports

Wellness and Recovery: The Vision and The Pledge


  • This issue of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter offers information, resources, and ideas on how to begin implementing changes that promote wellness and recovery for mental health services consumers.  Available for free download.
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

Opportunities for Latinos


  • Latinos, the nation’s largest minority group, face significant obstacles in receiving adequate mental health and rehabilitation services. This bilingual newsletter examines the challenges of providing psychiatric rehabilitation services to Spanish-speaking communities.  Available for free download.
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

Principled Leadership in Mental Health Systems


  • In this newsletter Dr. William Anthony, Executive Director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, describes leadership principles and the experiences of current leaders in improving our knowledge base in the field of mental health leadership. Available for free download.
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

The Contribution of Self-Direction to Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services


  • This report aims to identify and describe the range of self-directed care (SDC) programs that are currently being pursued by individual states and provides evidence as to the impact of these programs on individuals and state resources. The report is targeted primarily to state and local-level policymakers and individuals in consumer or other advocacy organizations.
  • Alakeson, V., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Behavioral Health Care


  • Released by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) this publication promotes a recovery oriented, asset-based perspective as the guiding framework for the DMHAS system of care.
  • Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Measuring the Promise: A Compendium of Recovery Measures, Volume II


  • This compendium addresses the continuing need for measurements for recovery. Reviews of the instruments are divided into two categories: measures of individual recovery and measures of recovery-promoting environments. Available as a free download or in print for $50.
  • Campbell-Orde, T., Chamberlin, J., Carpenter, J., & Leff, H. S. The Evaluation Center at HSRI (Human Services Research Institute)

Recovery Fact Sheet


  • A free download, the fact sheet features the topical headings such as: What is recovery? Is recovery possible? What is recovery like for someone living with a serious psychiatric disability? And a list of resources which provides an opportunity for a reader to further explore additional information on their own and at their own pace.

Recovering your Mental Health: A Self-Help Guide


  • This publication identifies activities and strategies people may use to help manage their own illnesses and services. Intended to support and enhance the nationwide focus on self-help for and recovery from mental health problems, the content is based on the extensively-reported day-to-day experiences of people with psychiatric symptoms–how they get well and stay well. Available on  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The National Self-Determination and Psychiatric Disability Invitational Conference: We Make the Road by Traveling on It


  • This monograph is a compilation of the briefing papers presented at the Conference. The papers, written by people with psychiatric disabilities and other experts, were designed to summarize current knowledge about self-determination, and to suggest action steps for the future.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago National Research & Training Center

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America


  • The Commission’s report emphasizes the need to transform our nation’s mental health system and provides recommendations for steps that can be taken at national, state and local levels to improve mental health services and supports for people of all ages with mental illnesses.
  • The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.
    Pub. No. SMA03-3831.

Shifting to a Recovery-Based Continuum of Community Care


  • This report discusses the need for the culture of mental health care to shift to a culture based on self-determnination, empowering relationships, and full participation of mental health consumers in the work and community life of society.
  • The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Report of the Subcommittee on Consumer Issues. Rockville, MD

Recovery in the Community: Program and Reimbursement Strategies for Mental Health Rehabilitative Approaches Under Medicaid


  • The second of two, this reports discusses the use of the Medicaid program to fund recovery-oriented services for adults with serious mental illnesses.
  • Vol. II, Pub No. AM-2. Washington, DC: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Changing Lives – Ohio’s Action Agenda for Mental Health


  • The Commission’s report is a comprehensive plan of action to meet the needs of individuals in Ohio with mental illness, and it provides a strategy for prevention and early intervention. The report is to be used as an aid to increase the quality of mental health services and improve treatment outcomes and recovery from mental illness.
  • Ohio Mental Health Commission

Recovery in the Community: Funding Mental Health Rehabilitative Approaches Under Medicaid


  • This document describes how states fund recovery-focused services in the community for people with mental illnesses. It also explains the federal rules governing community-based psychiatric rehabilitation and case management services for adults under Medicaid and the issues facing mental health systems using the federal-state program. Excerpts from states’ service definitions and state-by-state tables showing services covered under managed care and fee-for-services plans are also included.
  • Vol. I, Pub No. AM-1. Washington, DC: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Advocacy and Recovery Using the Internet


  • This document is a Technical Assistance Guide for mental health consumers interested in using the Internet to help themselves and other consumers and explains how the Internet can be a powerful tool for recovery, advocacy, fighting stigma, and organizing self-help groups.
  • Philadelphia, PA: National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse.

Office of Consumers Affairs: A Pathway to Effective Public Mental Health Services


  • This report is designed to encourage state mental health agencies to consider establishing an Office of Consumer Affairs to help ensure that consumers have a strong voice in state mental health policy development, planning, and practice. The report includes implementation practices, staffing issues, key responsibilities, consumer issues, and hiring practices.
  • Executive Summary. National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

The Empowerment Model of Recovery: Finding our voice and having a say


  • This document discusses the need for consumer/survivor/expatients to overcome discrimination, helplessness, and isolation and become socially empowered to participate in creating new policies.
  • Daniel Fisher. Lawrence, MA: The National Empowerment Center