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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

did anything.”

“Don’t go it alone. We are survivors, and although the trip is hard, it is well worth the wealth of knowledge, understanding and the happiness you will be

able to regain.”

“You will need a philosophy. I have one for you. It is four words, all action

verbs: work, play, rest, love (what you can).”


The REE allows programs to gather data from the recipients of services to assess gaps in important dimensions of recovery-enhancing programming, and to understand the needs of those who have not yet begun to recover or to experience recovery outcomes. In the spirit of appreciative inquiry, REE data can also be used to identify and celebrate positive elements of the program that are already in place that support people in their recovery, and the progress and wisdom of participants who are already moving forward in recovery.  

Data from the REE can be used to plan recovery interventions, retrain staff, and target program innovations. The measure is intended to serve as a useful tool in processes of strategic planning that involve consumers, staff and administrators in point-in-time or on-going agency self-assessment or program evaluation efforts.

REE requires a significant investment of time and resources, but these are well spent if the data are used to identify priorities for program development and to set specific targets for transforming mental health agencies, thereby enhancing the potential for recovery among people using mental health services. REE is one of several tools that can help the field move toward fulfilling the vision that all mental health systems assume a recovery orientation, and that recovery is possible for everyone.

The REE measure is complete and in a scantrons (computer read) format. Permission to use the measure and ordering information are available from PRidgway@ku.edu. A brief user’s guide, an MS Word version of the measure, a booklet summarizing the wisdom of people in recovery, and reports on the pilots should be available as of September 2004, from the Office of Mental Health Research and Training, University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Lawrence KS, 66045.


The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. (2003). Achieving the promise: Transforming mental health care in America. Final report. DHHS Pub. No. SMA-03-3832. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

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