10 Fundamentals of Recovery
Alyce M. Knowlton-Jablonski, ACPS, ITE
To clearly define recovery, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research in partnership with six other Federal agencies convened the National Transformation in December 2004, 110 expert panelists participated including people with lived experience and advocates. One development of this meeting was a document entitled, “10 Fundamentals of Recovery”.
Here in Wisconsin, we have integrated these 10 recovery principles into trainings given to consumers, professional staff and community organizations. Trainings are taught by Peers and Professionals, side by side. Person Centered Planning is being used in every venue of the public mental health system. A transformation is taking place here from focus on the medical model to the recovery model. Medicaid billing now includes psychosocial education and Certified Peer Specialist Services. 16 Consumer Champions train staff statewide on Trauma Informed Care. Evidence based practices are being encouraged and rewarded in the system. Consumers have been brought to every level of decision making in the process. Consumer Run Organizations organized 12 Recovery Centers that are funded with mental health block grant funds and more are being envisioned by the state. We, the consumers of Wisconsin are truly a part of this transformation process and our voice IS being heard.
Alyce M. Knowlton-Jablonski is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Peer Specialists, Inc. She works part-time as an Advanced Certified Peer Specialist in the Community Comprehensive Services program at North Central Health Care in Wausau, WI. She is involved in NAMI at the state and local level . She is active in Grassroots Empowerment Project as a Regional Network Leader. She has been involved in the system transformation in Wisconsin since 1996, beginning with the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission and currently serves as on the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force and Trauma Informed Care Advisory Committee. Alyce has presented Recovery and Person Centered Planning as part of a state of Wisconsin training team and has presented at many conferences/summits on mental health recovery, dual recovery, person centered planning, peer specialist services and the stages of mental health/AODA recovery.