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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

Tools In Development:

Measuring Recovery at the Individual, Program, and System Levels

For many SMHA administrators, offering reimbursable programs and services is the only way to maintain a viable mental health organization. This scenario is not always conducive to implementing new methods and services, many of which are not yet considered evidence-based practices. Recovery should be measurable, though, because for SMHAs it’s an accountability issue, and there are quantitative and qualitative aspects to it at the individual, program, and system levels. Today’s SMHAs need concrete, replicable, measurable services, and therefore many state mental health officials are looking for tools to help quantify recovery-based care.

Despite the reality that research on recovery measurement is in a relatively fledgling state, there are a variety of recovery-themed measurement tools in various stages of development that are being created to help administrators, clinicians, peer providers, and consumers institute recovery-based care into mental health settings. This special report features a sampling of three separate recovery measurement tools—all in development—including descriptions and progress updates written by representatives of the three efforts.

Ruth Ralph, Ph.D., offers a report on the effort to create a personal measure of recovery within the Recovery Measurement Tool and the Recovery Model. Priscilla Ridgway provides an update on the Recovery Enhancing Environment Measure, which is intended to assess the recovery orientation of mental health programs, and Steve Onken, Ph.D. offers a look at a system-wide tool, the Recovery Oriented System Indicators (ROSI) Measure.

Editor’s note: This is not an exclusive list of measures, as there are other measures for recovery in use and/or in development across the country. NASMHPD/NTAC does not necessarily endorse the aforementioned three measures over any others.

At the Individual Level:

A Personal Measure of Recovery

By Ruth O. Ralph, Ph.D.

Dr. Ralph, a retired senior research associate with the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, is a consumer researcher who has conducted mental health research and evaluation for over 25 years.

The Recovery Measurement Tool (RMT) is based upon The Recovery Advisory Group Recovery Model (Ralph & The Recovery Advisory Group, 1999). It is important to review this model in order to understand the background of the RMT.

NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

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