Guides, Kits & Tools
Bibliography of resources put together by the Person-First Language Workgroup of the Recovery Council. Includes links to several of the resources.
Provides a standard working definition of recovery and outlines the ten guiding principles of recovery.
Based on research by the Devon Partnership National Health Service Trust, this provides guidelines mental health professionals can use to support people's goals, strengths, and available resources, whether or not they opt for medication during treatment.
- : Considering the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in your Recovery Plan
Includes materials that support shared decision making, an intervention that helps people make choices about treatment and mental health services. Contains issue briefs and tip sheets, workbooks, videos, and an interactive decision aid on medication-assisted therapy. Free CD-ROM or digital download.
- Enhancing the Effectiveness of Psychiatric Care and Other Services and Supports: Guidelines for Promoting Recovery Through Choice and Alternatives
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, a national coalition of statewide consumer/survivor organizations and others, released these guidelines to educate people about the values-based needs of individuals with mental health challenges. The guidelines were developed by a diverse group of people with the lived experience of mental health recovery from across the United States.
- Paving New Ground: Peers Working in Inpatient Settings
A guidebook by Gayle Bluebird, APNA member and National Consumer Survivor Consultant
Supported by the National Technical Assistance Center, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- Pillows of Unrest Instruction Manual (pdf)
This is a simple but creative consumer project that allows issues or feelings to be shared in the form of pillowcase art.
- Creativity Cookbook (pdf)
A great compilation of creative activities for peer specialists and others divided into sections such as music, writing, and humor.
- Pillows of Unrest Instruction Manual (pdf)
- Guide to Person-Centered Excellence - Application for Services for People with Mental Illness and People with Substance Use Disorder
Put together by the Council on Quality and Leadership, this guide promotes quality improvement in behavioral health services and supports through best practices and the resulting quality improvement initiatives which can be applied across the range of supports and services for people with mental illness and substance use disorder.
- A Patient-Centered Guide to Implementing Language Access Services in Healthcare Organizations (pdf)
From the HHS Office on Minority Health, a guide that helps healthcare organizations implement effective language access services to meet the needs of their patients with limited English proficiency and increase their access to health care.
- NHeLP’s Language Services Resource Guide for Health Care Providers
This guide compiles the basic information about providing language services into one document. It includes information about interpreter and translator associations and agencies, training programs, assessment tools, and other materials.
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
- 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: - 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.
- Competency Comparison Tool (pdf)
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.