Recovery Community Organization Development
Recovery Community Organizations (RCO) are developing across the country at the local level to address the needs of people in or seeking recovery. We know that when recovery organizes in reaching out to others, recovery expands and grows.
Recovery Community Organizations:
- Provide only non-clinical services which differ from treatment programs
- Respect and support all pathways of recovery
- Have their own governing board
- Are led and governed by people in recovery
- Routinely engage people in recovery, their families, and other stakeholders in a participatory process of program decision-making and conducting activities
- Are grassroots programs/organizations and are active in their communities
- Have a mission statement that focuses on addiction recovery
- Listen to local recovery communities about how they want to continue to support recovery;
- Bring a national perspective on RCO development, operation and sustainability;
- Continue to develop local resources and leaders in a recovery focused and supportive way;
- Promote programs and services deemed necessary by local communities;
- Keep a feedback loop open to support working together; and
- Develop local awareness of the recovery movement and local behavioral health services.