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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

In all of this work, we do not want to forget the important role that information technology can play in forming local recovery communities. For many years, Sylvia Caras has operated a Web site for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices, and visions (www.peoplewho.net). Sister Ann Catherine Veierstahler has developed a Web site that contains personal stories of consumer recovery (www.hopetohealing.com). These stories, related chat rooms, and strategic information that can easily be provided through the Web could all promote critical interpersonal connections and recovery. In addition, Patricia Deegan, Ph.D., has developed a video library on recovery. Clearly, we have only begun to scratch the surface of modern information technology (Manderscheid, 2004).

There is also discussion of a summit on recovery that could be produced by National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and SAMHSA/CMHS. If such an event occurs, it would be a very important continuation of the recovery movement as we organize the national mental health agenda around recovery and begin to transform services to meet this goal.

Indeed, this is a very exciting time to be part of the mental health field!


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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

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