Person-centered Recovery Planner for Adults With Serious Mental Illness

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-24
  • Publisher: Wiley

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"Both timely and critical for recovery-oriented practice, this book provides practitioners with the focused, essential knowledge and skills to be truly person-centered and recovery-oriented when supporting an individual's recovery journey. Dulmus and Nisbet have provided the field with an overdue practical resource. Making the recovery planner's best practice individual recovery plan format available on CD-ROM is brilliant, and every agency will want to incorporate it into its EMR."
—Linda Rosenberg, President/CEO National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Washington, D.C.

"This is a practical and useful tool for case managers and community support workers who are assisting people with serious mental illness toward recovery. Working in a person-centered fashion is what our consumers want and expect, but to date, there have been few published tools with practical value for frontline staff. This resource is timely and relevant."
—Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Hogan Health Solutions, Delmar, New York; former NYS Commissioner of Mental Health and Chair of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2002–2003

Proven guidance for creating effective person-centered plans that facilitate the recovery process for individuals with serious mental illness

Recent national and international mental health policy is promoting service delivery models that incorporate person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches, in which individuals are in the lead role, defining their own goals for their individualized recovery plans. Person-Centered Recovery Planner for Adults with Serious Mental Illness provides mental health practitioners with a useful resource to implement person-centered planning within a recovery framework when working with individuals with a serious mental illness.

Providing a succinct overview of the historical roots, philosophy, and practice of person-centered recovery, Person-Centered Recovery Planner for Adults with Serious Mental Illness is organized around the three stages of recovery—Beginnings, Moving Forward, and Leaving Your Practitioner Behind—yet still allows both the individual and practitioner to revisit any of the three stages during the ebb and flow of an individual's recovery journey.

Sample recovery plans are included, covering the individual's status, personal priorities, short-term objectives, and recovery steps, and are organized around common recovery goals including:

  • Self-advocacy
  • Family relationships
  • Health and wellness
  • Community involvement
  • Stress management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Personal crisis planning
  • Transportation
  • Social relationships
  • Meaningful activities
  • Life skills

A companion CD-ROM provides all of the plans found in the book in an easily customizable word-processing format. Person-Centered Recovery Planner for Adults with Serious Mental Illness assists practitioners in becoming effective person-centered facilitators and advocates for recovery that meaningfully supports individuals in achieving their hopes and dreams.

Author Biography

CATHERINE N. DULMUS, PhD, LCSW, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York.

BRUCE C. NISBET, MSW, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Human Services located in Buffalo, New York, where he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for this comprehensive multi-county behavioral health agency. Spectrum has provided person-centered recovery-oriented case management services to several thousand individuals with serious mental illness over the last twenty years. He is also President of Health Home Partners of WNY, LLC, one of New York State's first Affordable Care Act health homes serving individuals with serious mental illness and/or other chronic health conditions.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Person-Centered Practice and Recovery Principles

Chapter 2 Person-Centered Assessment and Individual Service Planning for Recovery

Part 2 Recovery Goals

Chapter 3 Mental Health and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Supports

Chapter 4 Housing

Chapter 5 Education

Chapter 6 Legal

Chapter 7 Employment

Chapter 8 Financial Stability

Chapter 9 Self-Advocacy

Chapter 10 Family Relationships

Chapter 11 Health and Wellness

Chapter 12 Community Involvement

Chapter 13 Stress Management

Chapter 14 Relapse Prevention

Chapter 15 Personal Crisis Planning

Chapter 16 Transportation

Chapter 17 Social Relationships

Chapter 18 Meaningful Activities

Chapter 19 Life Skills

Appendix Blank Individual Service Plan Forms

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