Priscilla started her presentation on the REE. She thanked the Recovery Council for its efforts to make recovery the framework for services in Michigan. She went through the history of recovery and its denial. She sees her work as supporting individuals in recovery. Gradually, individual stories of recovery lead to the assumption of the peer responsibility by those individuals, and final recommendations by the government that all mental health services needed to be framed by the principles of recovery. in the late 90's and early part of the 21st century. The system of services should be driven by the lived experience of peers.
Performance measurement of recovery outcomes is critical to making the system honest. Output measures are typically ineffective at showing real change for individuals in their lives. Priscilla started looking at Recovery from the perspective of peers. She started out with peers stories, and then she talked to peer specialists.
Her model of Recovery has 3 parts:
- Identity (hope, sense of meaning and purpose, more than a mental patient)
- Self-Management (requires a shift in perspective, focused on wellness)
- Reclaiming your life (living a full life, belonging, basic resources, connections to others, being productive)
The measurement and monitoring process also supports the individual doing the measurement in going forward in their recovery.
End of Part 2.
Norman DeLisle, MDRC
"With Liberty and Access for All!"
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