The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) submitted a combined mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant application for the federal fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The complete application focused on four priority areas: housing, recovery supports, prevention and primary and behavioral health care integration. Each priority area of the combined block grant application uses a set of strategies, performance indicators and dashboards. The focus of these is to achieve the stated goals in the application.
The actions described below were the focus of the priority area referred to as recovery supports.
A workgroup was developed under the Mental Health and Addiction Planning and Advisory Council (MHAPAC) by DMHA which is comprised of consumers, family members and service providers. This workgroup was created to promote and develop state-wide recovery supports with the goal of community integration and recovery for persons with mental illness and/or addictions.
The workgroup’s first task was to develop and evaluate consumers, the people who support them and mental health and addiction professionals’ perception of important recovery supports. The following reflects their findings and identifies the top five recovery supports:
- Personal support networks
- Peer support services
- Hobbies and interest
- Prevention and wellness
- Safe housing.
Recovery supports consensus document
The recovery supports workgroup then identified gaps in the system where priority recovery supports are not funded and the availability or accessibility of those supports. The following document was created to in response to their findings.
Recovery supports priority area 2 statewide gap analysis (November 2012)
At the request of the MHAPAC, the workgroup rated the top five recovery supports. The following document catalogues the five most favored supports and their current funding as reported by consumers, those who support them and providers of mental health and addiction services.
Recovery supports priority- most highly valued (August 1, 2013)
A video was developed in the voice of consumers to tell the stories of recovery and illustrate the finding of the above documents. This video is designed for consumers, their families and service providers to provide education on the supports individuals find most beneficial in their recovery.
Recovery supports video
Certified recovery specialist/ healthcare worker program presentation