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Recovery Supports

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction submits a combined mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant application for each federal fiscal year. The complete application focuses on very specific priority areas. Each priority area of the combined block grant application uses a set of strategies, performance indicators and dashboards. The focus of these is to achieve the stated goals in the application. Recovery Supports are one of the priority areas of focus in both the mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant applications.

The actions described below were the focus of the priority area referred to as recovery supports.

A workgroup was developed under the Mental Health and Addiction Planning and Advisory Council by DMHA which is comprised of consumers, family members and service providers. This workgroup was created to promote and develop state-wide recovery supports with the goal of community integration and recovery for persons with mental illness and/or addictions.

In 2020 the Recovery Support Workgroup members were given a survey that helped shape and form the standardized approach to the process of reviewing recovery data and providing recommendations to the MHAPAC and DMHA by the Recovery Support Workgroup based directly off consumer feedback.

Recovery Support Services

Recovery support services engage and support individuals in treatment and provide a range of ongoing services and supports following treatment to help individuals maintain long-term recovery. Behavioral health programs and recovery community organizations provide recovery support services. They are often delivered by trained case managers, recovery coaches and peer support workers.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration identifies four main dimensions that support recovery: Health, home, purpose and community.

Recovery supports help individuals fulfill these domains and can include employment support, housing assistance, transportation and peer support, among others.


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Recovery Support Workgroup

Our mission is to recommend and promote identified needed supports and resources for individuals in wellness and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders across Indiana.

The recovery support workgroup efforts focus on SAMHSA’s Dimensions of Recovery.

SAMHSA Dimensions of Recovery

  • Health - overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home - having a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose - conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community - having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.

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Purpose of the Recovery Supports Workgroup*

  1. To break down silos within systems and in the continuum of recovery, which includes identifying other state agencies or community groups that are conducting the same or similar needs, assessments or activities, and to coordinate and communicate these efforts to individuals, providers and local community agencies across the state.
  2. Identify existing gaps and needs in the system, as well as those supports, and services requested by individuals in recovery; identify strategies and recommend/advise DMHA (and any other applicable state agency) for funding/implementation.
  3. Identify resources to assist and impact with social determinants of health and ensure they are communicated and connected with individuals in recovery.
  4. To expand and improve recovery supports across Indiana.

*The collective member input from the 2020 member survey

Our Priorities (Recovery Support Workgroup Subgroups)

There are currently seven subgroups formed by the Recovery Support Workgroup. The first five are consumer-identified gaps or barriers to recovery support and treatment and can change based upon the annual consumer survey that identifies consumer identified gaps and barriers to treatment and recovery supports which is conducted by the Indiana Recovery Council.

All subgroups fall under SAMHSA’s Dimensions of Recovery.

Consumer-identified subgroups for 2020 - 2021 include:

  • Community
    • Personal support networks - These include support from persons such as families and friends and places which are welcoming.
    • Peer support services - Peer support for both consumers and families includes support and self-help groups, and others with similar experiences, such as recovery fellowships.
    • Hobbies and interests - Create flexible funding streams targeted to payment for community‚Äźbased classes (such as quilting, pottery or woodworking) or membership in gyms, YMCA and similar groups.
  • Health
    • Prevention and wellness - Expand and improve access to Indiana agencies providing supports for medical and dental care.
  • Home
    • Safe and affordable housing - Consumers report securing safe housing and access to related supports a priority. However, in some cases, affordable housing does not equal safe housing.

Necessary subgroups added by RSW members:

  • Purpose
    • Employment supports - Employment is intrinsically essential. Employment supports should be provided liberally, without limitation due to diagnosis and provided as often as needed without restrictive timeframes (particularly in the areas of long-term “follow along” services).
    • Data analysis - Data from the Management Performance Hub, DARMHA and the Indiana Recovery Council informs and assists in driving recovery-focused outcomes for priority areas and subsequent recommendations of each of the other subgroups.

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