envisions a person-centered system of recovery oriented rehabilitation services,
with a skilled and culturally competent workforce of psychiatric rehabilitation
practitioners and peer specialists. This system includes adequate, flexible funding
that supports self-directed services, treatment options and natural supports, and
service effectiveness measured by real-person, real-life outcomes.
Advancement of a Recovery Based Practice:
People can recover from even the most serious and persistent mental illnesses, such
as schizophrenia, major depression or bi-polar disorder. Since the 1950s Psychiatric
Rehabilitation has advanced efforts to use more effective and lower cost alternatives
to long-term institutionalization. Psychiatric rehabilitation promotes a culture
of recovery with every individual served. Psychiatric rehabilitation is a combination
of services incorporating social, educational, occupational, behavioral and cognitive
interventions aimed at long-term recovery and maximization of self-sufficiency.
It is the principle behind numerous evidenced-based practices, such as assertive
community treatment, clubhouse rehabilitation services, and supported employment
services, as well as emerging practices, such as peer support programs. In the continuum
of care, rehabilitation focuses on competency, recovery and advocacy, while other
types of services may focus on symptom stabilization.