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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking public feedback on definition of recovery

Over the past year, SAMHSA – as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative – has worked with the behavioral health field to develop a working definition of recovery that captures the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental and substance use disorders, along with 10 guiding principles that support recovery.

One of the key events that led to the current working definition of recovery was a 2010 meeting of behavioral health leaders, including mental health consumers and people in addiction recovery, who developed a draft definition and principles of recovery to reflect common elements of the recovery experience for those with mental/substance use disorders.

SAMHSA is developing a working definition of recovery to help policy makers, providers, funders, peers/consumers and others to design, deliver, and measure integrated and holistic services and supports to more effectively meet the needs of individuals served by behavioral health systems.

In order to encourage greater public engagement on this important definition, SAMHSA is inviting the public to provide further feedback.

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