Advancing Recovery in Texas
Through this grant initiative, the foundation is funding up to six organizations to carry out a plan that will increase recovery-oriented education, services and supports in their community. Each implementation plan will be accompanied by a recovery self-assessment for organizations and a thorough plan for addressing gaps in recovery education, services and supports discovered through the assessment or other means.
The grant initiative is divided into two phases: one-year planning grants, and three-year implementation grants. Planning grantees will develop a recovery advancement plan for their organization, to be submitted to the foundation. Contingent on the foundation’s acceptance of the plan, grantees will be eligible to receive an implementation grant of up to $210,000 over the subsequent three years.
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.
Hogg Program Officer
Tammy Heinz, 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.