The process of recovery from mental health or substance use conditions is a personal journey that helps a person regain meaning, individual agency, and grow resilience.

A central concept to Texas Council public policy direction, recovery encompasses key goals of the Community Center approach:

  • To help individuals with mental health and/or substance use conditions maintain personal independence and participation within their communities;
  • To support each person’s right to make their own healthcare decisions; and
  • To empower each one to live a full and meaningful life

Key Services and Initiatives

Within recovery-based services provided by Community Centers, Texas Council advocates for expansion  and continued legislative support of the following focus areas:

Peer support services: key component of the recovery-based approach that offers relatable support, guidance from similar lived experience, and most importantly, hope for full recovery and a meaningful life. With statewide adoption of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) model of care, peer services are recognized as an important recovery-based strategy and are a required service essential to the success of the model.

Services for Veterans: specialized recovery-based services available to support veterans, who are often exposed to traumatic events, which can lead to trauma-related disorders.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): prevention strategy that teaches how to support people experiencing distress or in a crisis. Anyone can learn the MHFA strategy and use it as a powerful tool in their community to provide compassionate support and direction to local resources for recovery.