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Recovery Core Values


The Recovery Basic Premises and Recovery Core Values were developed by people in recovery to advise the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) during the restructuring of the mental health and addictions treatment system in Connecticut.

The two organizations involved in writing the Recovery Basic Premises and Recovery Core Values were:

Recommendation:
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) be renamed to "The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services" by the year 2005

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one.

~ Machiavelli

Recovery Core Values for the Mental Health and Addictions Recovery (Treatment) System

Written: February 8, 2000
Revised: June 14, 2001
Final Revision: October 2, 2001

Recovery Basic Premises

Recovery Premise 1:
All individuals are unique and have specific needs, goals, health attitudes and behaviors, and expectations for recovery.

Recovery Premise 2:
Persons in recovery with mental illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or both, share some similarities, however, management of their own lives and mastery of their own futures will require different pathways at times.

Recovery Premise 3:
All persons shall be offered equal access to treatment and have the opportunity to participate in their recovery process.

Recovery Premise 4:
The funding agency shall support a recovery oriented system of care that requires their funded and/or operated treatment programs to treat individuals based on the following recovery based core values:

Recovery Core Values

Direction

Participation

Programming

Funding/Operations

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