Recovery Foundations Training (RFT)

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) is engaged in a project know as Recovery Focused Change and Technical Assistance (RFT) through a contract with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). Through this project, we are working community providers of behavioral health
services in “operationalizing recovery.”

Through RFT, we are working with Community Service Boards across Georgia over a two year period to identify their strengths in supporting individuals on their recovery journeys, as they create and sustain ways to live lives of their choosing in the communities of their choice. The service providing organizations explore the ways they welcome and serve people who are facing challenges in their lives with substance abuse and/ or mental health and identify projects that will improve these services and they manner in which they are provided.

GMHCN and GCSA are working in partnership with Dr. David Stayner, who is a senior partner with Stayner Consulting Partners and the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health and Dr. Dietra Hawkins of Both And Partners, Inc. Doctors Stayner and Hawkins bring the experience of supporting the development of recovery focused programs with providers in Connecticut and Philadelphia and
they have worked with the Veterans Administration.

The following provides a brief overview of the stages of the engagement with the service providers.

  1. Members of the RFT team meet with the CEO of the service providing organization to begin to understand the organizational strengths in providing recovery oriented services and to discuss the details of RFT project.
  2. Working with the leadership of the CSB, a “Change Leadership Team” is formed and recovery focused individuals – both allies and recovering people – are invited to participate in the change leadership team. Diversity on this team is fundamental and individuals are invited from all areas of the organization.
  3. The RFT Team is available to provide a full day of team support for collaboration and team building.
  4. The change leadership team invites additional recovery focused individuals to be part of a 2 day learning event – 25 to 30 individuals.
  5. The process of the two-day learning event guides consensus identification of five recovery-focused change projects through people will receive better services.
  6. Technical assistance is provided to the Change Leadership Team and the organizational leadership over a period of months following the two-day learning event as they shepherd the projects forward.

The hope of this project is that the work of the change leadership teams will continue to promote additional recovery focused change projects into the future and that the recovery focused change will take hold in the community behavioral health service providers.

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