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MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY PROCESS

FAMILY SUPPORT

 

DEPENDENT/
UNAWARE

DEPENDENT/
AWARE

INDEPENDENT/
AWARE

INTERDEPENDENT/
AWARE

CONSUMERíS STATUS

May or may not want to include family/significant others in process;

Unaware of how family relationships impact recovery process;

Characterized by fear, stigma, denial.

Accepts illness & is still fairly dependent on a lot of support;

Ready to seek help;

Decides whether to include family/significant others in recovery process;

Family/significant others' ability and willingness to support varies;

May be unready or unable to accept family/ significant others support;

May develop family relationship with friends and peer supporters.

Manages illness on his/her own terms;

Aware that family/significant others are available to support him/her in recovery;

Makes decision regarding involving family/significant others and to what extent;

Identifies which family/significant others will be involved in recovery.

Makes positive, conscious decisions;

Understands symptoms;

Values interacting & communicating with family/significant others to improve quality of life;

Uses services and participates in community with family/significant others.

CLINICIANSí ROLES

Assists consumer in recognizing value of family involvement;

Determines from consumer who he/she wants involved (i.e. family members and significant others);

Utilizes consumerís family/significant others to learn strategies that will assist in recovery process;

Assists families and significant others in understanding their involvement in recovery process;

Considers cultural differences and spiritual needs when working with consumerís family/ significant others.

Develops trusting relationship with consumer and his/her family/significant others;

Involves family/ significant others in recovery process;

Involves consumer, family/significant others in education opportunities for the purpose of establishing personal, social and work goals;

Provides consumer and family/significant others with information about illness and medications.

Actively involves consumer in Recovery Management Plan;

Solicits input from consumer regarding family/ significant other involvement in recovery;

Recognizes family/ significant others' roles in relation to consumerís illness;

Develops and uses educational programs that are "family friendly."

Solicits input from consumer and his/her family/significant others regarding the impact of their involvement in the recovery process;

Advocates with consumer for family involvement;

Continues to support family/ significant others' involvement with consumer in recovery process.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTSí ROLES

Provides family-to- family training;

Provides Journey of Hope training for family/significant others;

Provides educational programs for family/ significant others that provide information about mental illness, medications, treatment, family problem solving, communication skills, etc.

Provides training via community support groups;

Provides educational opportunities for family/significant others;

Makes psychosocial rehabilitation available;

Engages family and/or significant others in activities to support consumerís recovery.

Engages family/ significant others in policy and planning boards and committees for input on consumer and family issues;

Continues training, education and support to family/significant others.

Involves family/ significant others in Mental Illness Week & Mental Health Month;

Continues family/significant other support, training and education;

Continues family/significant others on policy and planning boards, committees and groups.

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MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY PROCESS EMERGING BEST PRACTICES

FAMILY SUPPORT

 

DEPENDENT/
UNAWARE

DEPENDENT/
AWARE

INDEPENDENT/
AWARE

INTERDEPENDENT/
AWARE

CONSUMERíS
BEST PRACTICES

Participates with family members, significant others, and/or friends in activities to address illness and recovery education, group and family support/counseling meetings;

Begins to recognize the importance of including family/significant others in recovery process.

Makes family members/ significant others aware of preferences;

Seeks support from peers & friends;

Identifies existing support groups & participates.

Includes family/significant others in recovery process;

Advocates for consumer issues including parity in insurance coverage;

Tries to understand how family influences recovery.

Values and interacts with family/significant others;

Uses family/significant others as a component of personal recovery support network.

CLINICIAN'S
BEST
PRACTICES

Involves family/ significant others in treatment plan;

Makes appropriate referrals;

Values family participation as an asset and source of information to enhance treatment;

Values consumer choice regarding family involvement;

Uses approaches & materials that are culturally relevant;

Uses a non-deficit approach to consumer/ family interactions.

Encourages family/ significant others in supporting consumer to use mental health services, community resources & alternative treatment;

Asks consumer about his/her preferences related to involving family members/ significant others in family education and treatments that are "family friendly."

Reevaluates with consumer his/her Recovery Management Plan with respect to family/significant others involvement and establishes next steps.

Is available to support and assist in refining consumerís choice regarding family/ significant others' involvement in recovery process.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS'
BEST PRACTICES

Family/significant others provide safe & supportive environment;

Provides family-to-family training;

Provides training within community (e.g. hospitals, schools, churches, community centers, outreach programs) through seminars and educational materials;

Makes transportation available for scheduled activities.

Assists consumer in identifying transportation options and/or makes transportation available to scheduled activities;

Provides information about support groups & training opportunities;

Continues activities in Level I.

Conducts dialogues that focus on importance of establishing collaborative relationships that result in effective dissemination of educational materials focused on family involvement in recovery process.

Provides opportunities for families to gather and participate in social events focused on supporting consumers in their recovery process.

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