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Community Psychology and Community Mental HealthTowards Transformative Change$
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Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.001.0001

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Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Policies

Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Policies

Implications for Transformative Change in Five Nations

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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health

Myra Piat

Lauren Polvere

Oxford University Press

The chapter reviews how the concept of recovery has been incorporated into mental health policies in New Zealand, England, Australia, Canada and the United States. After reviewing the concept of recovery and examining its congruence with transformational change, the chapter then describes its examination of policy documents in the five countries in terms of the following dimensions: (a) the overall purpose and theme, (b) concepts and definitions of recovery, and (c) five transformative change strategies (stigma and discrimination, social inclusion, consumer and survivor involvement, consumer and survivor leadership, and power relations). Although the policy documents in all five countries include progressive language about recovery, the chapter reports that most do not have the concrete mechanisms or systems outcomes indicators that are vital for ensuring accountability of systems’ stakeholders to core recovery dimensions, such as addressing power imbalances between consumers and professionals.

Keywords:   recovery, policy, transformation, mental health, consumer participation, systems change

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