Recovery and Person-Centered Care: Empowerment, Collaboration, and Integration

  • Wesley E. Sowers


The concept of recovery is not a new one in behavioral health, but it has experienced resurgence since the release of the President’s New Freedom Commission report in 2003 (Hogan 2003). The belief that persons with mental illness or substance use disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives has been part of the philosophic core of community psychiatry for many years and was practiced most notably in psychiatric rehabilitation paradigms through the latter part of the twentieth century. While variations on the theme of recovery have been noted since the nineteenth century and perhaps even earlier, they were established more formally in the 1930s with the establishment of the Alcoholics Anonymous and Recovery, Inc. (Sowers 2003).


Mental Illness Behavioral Health Recovery Process Severe Mental Illness Transformational Leadership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Public Service PsychiatryWestern Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA

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