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Recovery-Oriented System of Care: A Recovery Community Perspective WHITE PAPER Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Coalition established in collaboration with: Pennsylvania Governor's Policy Office Department
Recovery-Oriented System of Care: A Recovery Community Perspective WHITE PAPER Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Coalition established in collaboration with: Pennsylvania Governor's Policy Office Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs Public Domain All material appearing in this White Paper, except any taken directly from copyrighted sources, is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Coalition. Citation of the source is appreciated. This material should not be reproduced and distributed for a fee without written authorization from the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Coalition. This publication may be accessed electronically through the following Internet World Wide Web connections: or Acknowledgements This White Paper was prepared by members of the Recovery-based Issues Committee of the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Coalition. This dedicated group spent countless hours providing expertise and support in the development of this document. Funding for this project was provided by Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). Without their support, this endeavor would not have been possible. i Recovery-based Issues Committee Cheryl Floyd, LSW, CCDP * Committee Co-Chair Executive Director PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) Bev Haberle, MHS, CAC Executive Director PA Recovery Organization Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) Amy Hedden Drug and Alcohol Program Analyst Department of Health Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs Doris Lugaro Human Service Program Specialist Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Pat Madigan Director of TA/Training PA Mental Health Consumer's Association (PMHCA) Lynda Moss-McDougall Executive Director Sankofa House for Women Denise Holden, MHS, CAC * Committee Co-Chair Chief Executive Officer The RASE Project Daniel Romage Human Services Program Specialist Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth & Families (OCYF) Robin Spencer, MHS, CCDP, MBA, MS Executive Director Message Carriers of Pennsylvania William Stauffer, LSW, CAC Program Director Halfway Home of Lehigh Valley Kathy Jo Stence Drug and Alcohol Program Analyst Department of Health Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jay Youtz, MHS, CAC Business Development and Marketing Livengrin Foundation Tim Philips, CAC Executive Director Westmoreland Community Action * co-chairs ii FORWARD The Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Subcommittee was formed as part of the Drug and Alcohol Coalition with the specific charge to develop this White Paper. The overarching goal of the subcommittee is to improve the system of care offered in Pennsylvania by expanding to a chronic care model of care. This attached White Paper was developed in order to inform the larger Coalition and future efforts in Pennsylvania on this historic endeavor to expand services using a Recovery Oriented System of Care model. This paper then fits into a larger process to inform and influence service development through the Department of Health, the Department of Public Welfare and beyond. During the period of time that this paper was developed, our state and nation have undergone tremendous and unprecedented economic upheaval. Limited resources and financial constraints have drastically impacted our state's ability to meet the needs of those affected by alcohol and other drug problems. We believe that every person has the right to the appropriate level of care for the appropriate amount of time. It is important to note that our subcommittee agreed early on and unanimously that to effectively change a system in such a manner, additional resources would need to be identified and developed to make it work as envisioned. We know wholeheartedly that drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease, and yet our systems are set up to address the needs of persons seeking help in a limited manner. Over the last several years, there has been a growing recognition across the nation that acute care systems for addiction do not adequately meet the needs of our communities in need. To be effective, we know that the development of a ROSC system will need to preserve our existing service continuum while adding additional resources to meet the needs of our communities in a thoughtful and well planned manner. It is important to remember that peer-based recovery support services should not be utilized in place of clinical care. Providing appropriate services to those in need of help for the appropriate duration of time saves lives and resources in all areas of our society. We believe that Recovery Oriented Systems of Care is a transformative process well worth pursuing but should not be undertaken in a half measured manner. Using existing acute care resources in an attempt to meet the needs of a chronic care model would result in the degradation of the entire treatment and service system available to all Pennsylvanians. iii Recovery-Oriented System of Care: A Recovery Community Perspective Executive Summary The Pennsylvania Governor s Policy Office, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs (BDAP) have been working in collaboration with multiple state and county agencies, treatment providers, and recovery community organizations across the state to conceptualize, develop, and implement a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) in Pennsylvania that embraces and promotes recovery from alcohol and other drugs (AOD). This group, known as the Drug and Alcohol Coalition, recognizes that to effectively execute the implementation of a recovery-oriented system of care, a dramatic shift will be required in the field. Moving from the current acute care model to a chronic care approach requires the entire system to embrace a recovery management approach to support those affected by AOD problems and to expand the present continuum of care (White, 2004). The Coalition also ascertained that as this paradigm shift occurs, it is paramount that Pennsylvania utilize the recovery community in all aspects of systems transformation to ensure authenticity of services, thus assuring that the needs of individuals and families in recovery are addressed at every level of the system in order to expand opportunities for long-term recovery. This can best be achieved through the development of a ROSC. It is important to note that while the systemic implementation of a ROSC is new to Pennsylvania, the concept itself is not. Movement to a recovery management approach as a means to successfully support individuals and their families in their recovery from AOD problems has been well researched nationally and has been implemented in various venues across the country with promising success. At the Drug and Alcohol Coalition Retreat held in June 2008, subcommittees were formed to develop guidelines and best practices to be used in the development of a ROSC in Pennsylvania. Each subcommittee was charged with tasks specific to their areas of concern such as Finance, Workforce, Accessibility, Criminal Justice, and Recovery Based Issues (RBI). The RBI Committee was charged with the creation of the White Paper to determine the issues that are critical to the development of a ROSC from the perspective of individuals and families in recovery. The work done by the RBI Committee spanned over an 18-month period. The committee spent countless hours reviewing the literature published by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; William White; The Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions; Thomas A. Kirk, et al; Linda Kaplan; and others (see Reference page) in order to get a comprehensive understanding of a ROSC and how established concepts, terminologies, and implementation strategies could best be adapted for our use. In addition, the recovery community of Pennsylvania was called upon to attend meetings, provide input, and participate in surveys designed by the RBI Committee to assess the general understanding of a ROSC and Recovery Support Services and to assess areas of need when considering the establishment of such a system within the state. This input proved to be extremely valuable to the writing of this paper and can also be used to guide current and future projects. (See Needs Assessment, Appendix VI, for specific survey information). The RBI Committee recognizes that this White Paper is one of many tools that will be used in the ROSC transformation process in PA. It is our hope that this document, as well as the work 1 done by the PA D & A Coalition, will serve as the foundation for statewide system transformation that will better meet the needs of Pennsylvanians affected by this disease. Conceptual Framework The shift to a ROSC requires Pennsylvania to utilize not only therapeutic and clinical interventions as described by the PCPC (e.g. formal treatment services), but to also utilize nonclinical community-based resources that support recovery, early identification, engagement and sustention of the recovery process for individuals and families. This can, in part, be accomplished through the use of recovery support services. Through these services, individuals, families, and communities can gain access to recovery-focused services and support that will increase successful treatment completion rates, promote early re-engagement for those who have relapsed, and provide pathways to recovery for individuals not in need of clinical treatment services. Such a system would provide ongoing recovery-based services throughout the lifespan. Based on this information, the RBI Committee chose the following vision for our work: To improve the capacity to access and sustain long-term recovery for individuals in PA who are affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs by transforming the existing system into a Recovery-Oriented System of Care. Guiding Principles of Recovery As in any system, there are Guiding Principles that are the ideals or code of conduct that defines the system s core values and priorities. Guiding Principles filter through every aspect of a system clearly identifying the moral values embedded within the system. Guiding Principles are the fundamental beliefs that guide the operation of a system throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or the top management. Therefore, once established, a ROSC should remain intact and authentic to the original vision, values and principles regardless of changes that occur in the implementation/execution of this system. Those values that form the Guiding Principles of a ROSC include the following beliefs about recovery: There are many pathways to recovery. Individuals are unique with specific needs, strengths, goals, attitudes, behaviors and expectations for recovery. Pathways to recovery are highly personal, and generally involve a redefinition of identity in the face of crisis or a process of progressive change. Furthermore, pathways are often social, grounded in cultural beliefs or traditions and involve informal community resources, which provide support for recovery. The pathway to recovery may include one or more episodes of psychosocial and/or pharmacological treatment. For some, recovery involves neither treatment nor involvement with mutual aid groups. Recovery is a lifelong process of change that permits an individual to make healthy choices and improve the quality of his or her life. 2 Recovery is self-directed and empowering. While the pathway to recovery may involve one or more periods of time when activities are directed or guided to a substantial degree by others, recovery is fundamentally a self-directed process. The person in recovery is the agent of recovery and has the authority to exercise choices and make decisions based on his or her recovery goals that have an impact on the process. The process of recovery leads individuals toward the highest level of autonomy of which they are capable. Through self-empowerment, individuals become optimistic about life goals. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation. Individuals must accept that a problem exists and be willing to take steps to address it; these steps usually involve seeking help for alcohol and other drug dependence. The process of change can involve physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the person s life. Recovery is holistic. Recovery is a process through which one gradually achieves greater balance of mind, body and spirit in relation to other aspects of one s life, including family, work and community. Recovery has cultural dimensions. Each person s recovery process is unique and impacted by cultural beliefs and traditions. A person s cultural experience often shapes the recovery path that is right for him or her. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness. Recovery is not a linear process. It is based on continual growth and improved functioning. It may involve relapse and other setbacks, which are a natural part of the continuum but not inevitable outcomes. Wellness is the result of improved care and balance of mind, body and spirit. It is a product of the recovery process. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude. Individuals in or seeking recovery often gain hope from those who share their search for or experience of recovery. They see that people can and do overcome the obstacles that confront them and they cultivate gratitude for the opportunities that each day of recovery offers. Recovery involves a process of healing and redefinition for self and family. Recovery is a holistic healing process in which one develops a positive and meaningful sense of identity. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma. Recovery is a process by which individuals, families and communities confront and strive to overcome discrimination, shame and stigma by advocating for self and others. Recovery is supported by peers and allies. A common denominator in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who contribute hope and support and suggest strategies and resources for change. Peers, as well as family members and other allies, form vital support networks for people in recovery. Providing service to others and experiencing mutual healing help create a community of support among those in recovery. 3 Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community. Recovery involves a process of building or rebuilding what a person has lost or never had due to his or her condition and its consequences. Recovery is building or rebuilding healthy family, social, spiritual and personal relationships. Those in recovery often achieve improvements in the quality of their lives, such as obtaining education, employment and housing. They also increasingly become involved in constructive roles in the community through helping others, productive acts and other contributions. Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen. Guiding Principles are the blueprint that sets the course by which a system navigates (CSAT, 2007). Protecting and honoring the Guiding Principles of a ROSC are integral to its ongoing success and growth. Although they may be altered as necessary over time, in essence the Guiding Principles should always remain true to the original vision. Elements of a Recovery-Oriented System of Care The elements of a system, much like the Guiding Principles, are rooted in the very core of the system s values. They are the individual components that make up the whole. The elements of a system are those smaller parts that are similar to the larger system in that they can be described as common in value, behaviors and identity. Therefore, the elements of a ROSC broken down into their individual parts have recovery as their fundamental ingredient. Person-centered A ROSC is person-centered. Individuals will have a menu of choices that fit their needs throughout the recovery process. Participation inclusive of individuals and families in recovery An essential characteristic of a ROSC is the importance it places on the participation of people in recovery in all aspects and phases of the care delivery process, including financial support for individual and family involvement. Family and other ally involvement A ROSC acknowledges the important role that families and other allies can play. Family and other allies will be incorporated, with the permission of the individual, in the recovery planning and support process. They can constitute a source of support to assist individuals in entering and maintaining recovery. Additionally, systems address the prevention and early intervention, treatment, recovery and other support needs of families and other allies. Inclusion of the voices and experiences of recovering individuals and their families The voices and experiences of people in recovery and their family members contribute to the design and implementation of ROSC. People in recovery and their family members are included among decision-makers and system-level monitoring. Recovering individuals and family members are prominently and authentically represented on advisory councils, boards, task forces and committees at the federal, state and local levels. 4 Promoting access and engagement Each person who seeks services should be afforded every opportunity to access appropriate addiction treatment and recovery support. A ROSC promotes access to care by facilitating swift and uncomplicated entry and by removing barriers to receiving services (i.e. no wrong door). Engagement involves making contact with the person (as opposed to their disease), building trust over time, attending to the person s stated goals and needs and, directly or indirectly, providing a range of services in addition to clinical care. This involves linkages. Linkages For many individuals, recovery sustainability is not achieved through short episodes of treatment currently authorized by funding entities or through sporadic participation in selfhelp programs. There is often a misconception that individuals can remain in recovery without additional services and support. Linkage to recovery support services can serve to expand the capacity of formal treatment systems by promoting the initiation of recovery, reducing relapse, and intervening early when relapse occurs (Kaplan, 2008). Participation in these services will enhance long-term recovery outcomes, regardless of involvement in formal treatment. It is also critical for individuals and families to be connected to ancillary forms of support to address additional needs that directly affect the recovery process (housing, employment, medical care, etc.). By collaborating with a wide range of service and resource providers, individuals will gain access to a wider array of resources critical to the recovery process. Individualized and comprehensive services across the lifespan A ROSC offers a menu of comprehensive services which are individualized, stage-appropriate, and flexible across the lifespan. Systems will adapt to the needs of individuals, rather than requiring individuals to adapt to them. They are designed to support recovery across the lifespan. The approach to alcohol and other drug-related issues will change from an acute-based model to one that manages chronic diseases over a lifetime. Systems anchored in the community A ROSC is nested in the community for the purpose of enhancing the availability and support capacities of families, intimate social networks, community-based institutions and other communities in recovery. These systems should establish and maintain effective form
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