Recovery Community Development

Recovery happens in communities and neighborhoods where people live so they can access natural support systems and live a life of independence. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is promoting and supporting a behavioral health delivery system that promotes the development of recovery communities across Georgia. We work together to understand, welcome, encourage, engage and nurture people who have mental health and substance use challenges.

Through the work of enduring partnerships between DBHDD’s Office of Recovery Transformation, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, the Georgia Parent Support Network we work with members of communities across the State to:

  • Organize focused conversations about recovery
  • Plan for and host a local recovery symposium, and
  • Foster local collaborative relationships for continued development of communities that are recovery-focused

Key themes that are addressed through symposium activities include:

  • Building peer leadership and peer culture
  • Person-centered assessments & supports
  • Continued supports based on treatment for chronic conditions
  • Community engagement & inclusion of recovery partners who help keep people well

We Believe :

  • People are motivated & informed by the lived recovery experience, the success stories.
  • People want to be heard, not fixed. True partnership means being listened to.
  • There are many pathways to recovery. We build on what works.
  • To make sustainable change we are continuously invitational and inclusive.
  • Recovery is not only possible, it is an expectation.

The goals of the Recovery
Symposiums are threefold:

  1. To develop local resources and leadership in recovery oriented initiatives
  2. To develop local “learning communities” as allies and partners in a continuing effort to create a system of care that is community based
  3. To develop local awareness of the recovery movement and local behavior health services