I love ideas but…

…I'm also a pragmatist. If we are ever going to transform the mental health system so that people have access to evidence based and recovery-oriented services, then we need more than good ideas. We need pratical tools that can be used in everyday work settings. Research shows that the transfer of knowledge from training into practice is dismal. Onsite coaching works much, much better and actually results in real changes in clinician behaviors. However, onsite coaching can be costly.

In my recent work I have been exploring the learning collaborative model as outlined by the Instititue on Healthcare Improvement (IHI). In Pennsylvania and Kansas, we have trained staff to run regional learning collaboratives to support the implementation of the CommonGround Approach. In the two states, 60 agencies are implementing the CommonGround Approach in a systematic fashion and collecting metrics of change in the process. To see these agencies moving beyond talk, into action, is very rewarding for me.

Community Care's Recovery Learning Collaborative

I have been working with Community Care Behavioral Health Organization to bring the CommonGround Approach to Pennsylvania. I am proud to report that we have launched our second Recovery Learning Collaborative in September 2012.  53 agencies from across Pennsylvania have signed up for the collaborative. We will be implementing the Decision Support Toolkit and the new online Recovery Library. The toolkit will help staff learn to support service users in making informed choices their steer their lives towards recovery.  We will be closely evaluating both process and outcomes during the 12-month collaborative.

Please contact us if you would like to work with us to bring recovery learning collaboratives in your area.

Bringing Recovery Supports To Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS)

Our company is proud to partner with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Social Innovation to bring recovery supports to scale in our country. In this project our goal is to encourage and support the wide-spread adoption of recovery-oriented systems of care across the United States and will serve as a coordinated effort to bring recovery to scale, leveraging past and current accomplishments by SAMHSA and others in the behavioral health field. The brss tacs overview will help you understand the scope of this work.