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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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Transforming Mental Health Care Through the Participation of the Recovery Community

Transforming Mental Health Care Through the Participation of the Recovery Community

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(p.89) 5 Transforming Mental Health Care Through the Participation of the Recovery Community
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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health
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Larry Davidson

Priscilla Ridgway

Maria O’Connell

Thomas A. Kirk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.003.0005

This chapter provides an in-depth case study of transformational change of the mental health system in the state of Connecticut. This process took place over the span of several years and involved action research, education, and training of mental health professionals in the concept and principles of recovery. Driving the entire change process was the substantive involvement of mental health consumers and family members. The chapter concludes by noting that the two key principles for achieving transformative change in this context were consumers and family members having the power to make change and the inclusion of experiential knowledge as valid and valuable. This hearkens back to the argument that power and knowledge are inseparable.

Keywords:   consumer participation, systems change, stakeholders, knowledge, collaboration

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