Guides, Kits & Tools

Guides  |  Kits  |  Tools
Resources vetted and recommended by the APNA Recovery Council.




Evidence-Based Practices: Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery - Illness Management and Recovery
SAMHSA's Illness Management and Recovery program strongly emphasizes helping people to set and pursue personal goals and to implement action strategies in their everyday lives.

Included in the kit:

  • How to Use the Evidence-Based Practices KITs
  • Getting Started with Evidence-Based Practices
  • Building Your Program
  • Training Frontline Staff
  • Practitioners Guide and Handouts
  • Evaluating Your Program
  • Using Multimedia to Introduce Your EBP
  • Brochure
  • The Evidence

Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative
Provides tools to mount an effective mental health stigma and discrimination reduction initiative. Covers planning, partnership development, outreach to schools and businesses, marketing, and grassroots outreach. Includes radio scripts and PSAs.

Mental Health Recovery Toolkit
A SAMHSA toolkit on how community, integrated care, a sense of purpose, and leadership can contribute to recovery for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

National Council for Behavioral Health Recovery Month Toolkit
A collection of resources on recovery including social media cards, blogs, and more.


Shared Decision Making Tool: "The role of antipsychotic medication in my recovery plan” - SAMHSA
An interactive, multimedia decision support tool for service users that compares the currently marketed antipsychotic medications on key side effects. It also offers information about treatment and service options – including complementary approaches. And, it provides people with an opportunity to consider and create a personalized report about their preferences on the role of antipsychotic medications in their recovery plan.

SAMHSA Video: Leaving the Door Open
Trains mental health services direct care staff, administrators, and consumers on alternative approaches to seclusion and restraint in the treatment of people with serious mental illness. Emphasizes the consumer perspective and includes five topical sections.

Alaskan Core Competencies - from the Annapolis Coalition
Funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, these competencies are cross-disability in nature, relevant to jobs in multiple health and human service sectors. This set of six Assessment Tools is designed specifically for use with these competencies. The tools promote a Collaborative Competency Building approach in which an employee and supervisor work cooperatively to identify the worker's strengths, the skills in need of improvement, and the plans to improve those skills.

Practicing Recovery: Getting to the Core of Recovery, August 2018
A SAMHSA newsletter on incorporating recovery principles into practice.

The Role of Medication in Mental Health Recovery
A SAMHSA newsletter on the role of medication as part of recovery.

Inspirational Stories of the Journey on the Road to Recovery
A video series featuring individual stories on recovery.

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