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Recovery to Practice Pledge We are committed to shifting the paradigm of our professions to ensure the realization of a recovery oriented system of care that will stand as a new beacon of hope for persons with, or at risk for, behavioral health conditions and their families. A transformed system of care will be based on the core beliefs that these conditions can be prevented, that services and supports can be effective, that people can and do recover, and that communities benefit from including and valuing the contributions of all of their members. The central mechanism for the provision of recovery-oriented behavioral health care is the safe, trusting, and empathic relationship practitioners cultivate with the people they serve.


APNA is one of five national participants in a SAMHSA initiative to transform the concepts of recovery from a set of beliefs to recovery-oriented practices. As part of this five-year project, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and peer specialists researched current activities in recovery-oriented care and developed strategies on how best to implement recovery components into mental health provider education and practice. APNA collaborated with consumers and psychiatric mental health nursing leaders to promote recovery and to develop curriculum and training materials to increase nursing knowledge of recovery-oriented care and how it translates into nursing practice.

Recovery Programs Find information about programs and initiatives associated with advancing recovery concepts and practices.  Programs such as: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative & APNA's Involvement Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services The Annapolis Coalition   Guides, Kits & Tools Resources for implementing recovery-based best practices from organizations such as SAMHSA and the Annapolis Coalition.  Resources include: A guide to promoting quality improvement in behavioral health services A kit for developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs A tool for improving patient-provider communication         Reports Reports that offer current resources, statistics and facts related to recovery and mental illness from such organizations as: The Campaign for Mental Health Recovery The Joint Commission   Upcoming Educational Opportunities A listing of upcoming educational opportunities pertaining to recovery from organizations like: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign         Recovery to Practice Archived Webinars Free webinars offered by the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.



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