“A ROSC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.”
Recovery happens in the communities where people live.
Georgia, as well as the rest of the nation, has a history of treating substance use disorder and mental health challenges with an acute care medical model similar to that of a broken bone or a traumatic fall. We have focused on getting people into hospitals or treatment facilities, provided critical care for the duration of stay, and released the individuals from care.
A true ROSC coordinates on-going supports for people in or seeking recovery from substance use disorder or mental health challenges. It addresses the broader range of support needed for people seeking multiple pathways to recovery that may otherwise not be available. It also puts the focus on empowering individuals to have input on what will help them get better.
Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, along with a number of advocacy partners and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, is a driving force in shifting the care from an acute care medical model to a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). A peer workforce, invoking their lived experience as a credential for inviting others to recovery and providing supportive services well into a life in recovery, is a cornerstone of the ROSC.
GCSA facilitates a training that provides a clear and concise explanation with easily understandable examples of the differences between these two models, and data supporting this refocus of services and supports. This training can be offered to provider organizations, behavioral health advocacy groups, persons in recovery and their families or as a public service in communities.
We also offer this workshop for individuals and organizations thinking about providing peer support services.