Advancing Recovery in Texas

Program Summary

Through this grant initiative, the foundation funded six organizations to increase recovery-oriented education, services and supports in their community. The goal of this grant program is to shift mental health organizations to a recovery orientation while delivering recovery-supporting practices in the community in full partnership with mental health consumers. The desired long-term outcome is for mental health providers to develop recovery-oriented organizational cultures and for mental health consumers to experience wellness and recovery.

SAMHSA defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”  Recovery occurs internally, with personal hope, healing, connection, and empowerment, and externally, through a positive culture of healing and recovery-oriented services (Jacobson & Greenley, 2001). The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003) found that recovery from mental illness is a real possibility for everyone, yet “for too many Americans with mental illnesses, the mental health services and supports they need remain fragmented, disconnected and often inadequate, frustrating the opportunity for recovery.” Organizational culture change towards a recovery orientation is a difficult endeavor that requires individual and systemic transformation. Genuine and sustainable organizational change starts with an organization’s willingness to self-reflect and take informed actions based on that learning. The Advancing Recovery in Texas grants will support both the organizational self-reflection and the informed actions that are necessary to shift organizational cultures towards a recovery orientation.
Current Grantees
Hogg Program Officer
Stephany Bryan, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison
Texas Recovery Movement
To coincide with the 2013 Alternatives Conference, we produced a short publication on the emerging “Texas Recovery Movement.” It provides an overview of what “recovery” means, who is part of the movement in Texas, and how the foundation conceives of its role as a participant in the movement.

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