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Recovery Support

Recovery Support
Promoting Recovery
Learn more about involving people in recovery and their families

Partnering with people in recovery from mental and substance use disorders to guide the behavioral health system and promote individual-, program, and system-level approaches that foster health and resilience; increase permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports; and reduce barriers to social inclusion.

Read SAMHSA's Working Definition of Recovery Updated


  • BRSS TACS - This project offers policy guidance, technical assistance, training, materials, and subcontract awards to help states and providers, including peer providers, adopt and implement best and emerging practices in recovery supports, services, and systems.
  • Co-occurring Disorders - Mental and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa. Visit our site to learn more.
  • Cross-Sector Dialogue Meetings - In 1997, SAMHSA hosted the first of a series of dialogue meetings for mental health consumers and representatives from other groups to promote recovery and improve services. Consistent with SAMHSA's focus on integrated behavioral health services, more recent dialogues have included peers in addiction recovery along with mental health consumers - in dialogue with each other or, together as a unified recovery community, in dialogue with other stakeholders. The dialogue meetings have led to positive outcomes, including advances in collaboration, product development, training initiatives, and technical assistance.
  • Homelessness Resource Center - an interactive community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Olmstead Activities - SAMHSA provides technical assistance and other opportunities for states to learn about federal rules, regulations and available resources to support Olmstead implementation and compliance.
  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness - a state formula grant for people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Recovery to Practice - answers two questions: What is "recovery" in relation to behavioral illness? And what implications does recovery have for transforming behavioral health practice to become "recovery oriented"?
  • Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion - enhances acceptance and social inclusion by ensuring that people with mental health problems can live full, productive lives within communities without fear of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Recovery Month - Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, and lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
  • Partners for Recovery - seeks to improve services, systems of care and supports; and provides technical resources to those who deliver services to prevent & treat substance use and mental health conditions.
  • Wellness Initiative - promoting the importance of addressing all parts of a person's life in hopes of increasing life expectancy for persons with behavioral health problems.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access and Recovery for People who are Homeless - designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • Voice Awards - recognizing entertainment industry professionals and people in recovery who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems.


Last updated: 04/14/2014