Recovery Support Services



According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is a process of change through which individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is supported through four key dimensions:

  • Health (access to quality health and behavioral health treatment)
  • Home (housing with needed supports)
  • Purpose (education, employment, and other pursuits)
  • Community (peer, family, and other social supports)

In addition, SAMHSA has identified 10 guiding principles of recovery:

  1. Recovery emerges from hope
  2. Recovery is person-driven
  3. Recovery occurs via many pathways
  4. Recovery is holistic
  5. Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  6. Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks
  7. Recovery is culturally-based and influenced
  8. Recovery is supported by addressing trauma
  9. Recovery involves individuals, families, community strengths, and responsibility
  10. Recovery is based on respect.

These principles underpin the approach to person-centered care offered to individuals in recovery. The continuum of care includes psychiatric and psychosocial interventions to address acute episodes or recurrence of symptoms associated with an individual's mental or substance use disorder. Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations. Because mental and substance use disorders are chronic conditions, systems and services are necessary to facilitate the initiation, stabilization, and management of long-term recovery. Currently, the following partners receive OBH funding to offer Recovery Support Services:

Additional Resources

Recovery Support Services Program 2017-2018: Program Evaluation and Playbook


Alia Andrews