In the fall of 2013, Hancock County ADAMHS, launched a system analysis for improvement and transformation of its behavioral health services. This analysis included an exploration of the relevance of establishing a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) model for the community. During this process, a full assessment of Hancock County’s existing mental health and substance use disorder treatment service continuum was conducted which included identification of service gaps; recommendations to increase and expand services; aligning systems, programs, practices, and policies in such a manner that uses best science; and unifying a vision of recovery as an opportunity for each person, family, and the community. This process was guided by the following two principles: 1. ROSC provides ongoing monitoring and feedback with assertive outreach efforts to promote continual participation, re-motivation, and reengagement. 2. ROSC will be guided by recovery-based processes and outcome measures. Outcome measures will be developed in collaboration with individuals in recovery. Outcome measures will reflect the long-term global effects of the recovery process on the individual, family and community, not just the remission of biomedical symptoms. Outcomes will be measurable and include benchmarks of quality-of-life changes.
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