MC3 Values: Recovery


Recovery is a self-directed process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.

Four dimensions that support a life in Recovery:
1. Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being;
2. Home: having a stable and safe place to live;
3. Purpose: pursuing meaningful and responsible daily activities;
4. Community: being part of relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Examples of Indicators

  1. Use of Wellness and Recovery Action Plans or another recovery-oriented plan. 
  2. The recovery oriented plan should take a holistic approach which includes at a minimum the 4 dimensions indicated in the definition. 
  3.  Assessment of improving an individual’s quality of life. 
  4. Agencies include recovery-oriented language in their policies and procedures. 
  5.  Each agency documents a definition of recovery based on the scope of their services and mission.


1. Recovery Oriented System Indicators (ROSI)

  •  Forty-two item survey developed to assess the recovery orientation of community mental health systems for adults with serious and persistent psychiatric disorders and which covers eight domains: 1. Person-centered decision making and choice; 2. invalidated personhood; 3. Self-care and wellness; 4. Basic life resources; 5. Meaningful activities and roles; 6. Peer advocacy; 7. Staff treatment knowledge; and 8. Access. 

2. Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS)

  •  Developed by consumers in the mid 90s, the RAS is a 41 item scale that assesses consumers’ subjective experience of recovery and assesses five factors, including: 1. Personal confidence and hope; 2. Willingness to ask for help; 3. Goal and success orientation; 4. Reliance on others; and 5. Not being dominated by symptoms. 
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