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Office of Recovery Transformation

Director: Mark Baker


New project in Georgia to improve access to effective screening and intervention services among youth

The role of this office is to guide and facilitate DBHDD’s efforts to be a Recovery Oriented System of Care that is fully integrative of the principles, practices, and values that provide sustained support to each person in our system to enable them to live lives of recovery and independence in the community. This signifies a strategic shift in emphasis within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Our current system has often been crisis driven; Recovery however, moves us to prevention-focused, strength-based continuum of care, and makes a commitment to provide sustained, enduring support based on the strengths, the wellness, and the hopes of the person in recovery.

Recovery accepts that the conditions with which a person lives, be it severe and persistent mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring disorders, are long term situations that a person will be managing for life. The principles, practices, and values of recovery, must be claimed and owned by each and all of us in DBHDD; at the Central Office, at the hospitals, and in the Regional and community-based system. The Office of Recovery Transformation, was created to guide and facilitate the efforts of the whole of DBHDD utilizing the three fold strategic framework:

  1. Conceptual alignment - what we believe and think about recovery
  2. Practice alignment - how we use language to promote recovery; how we enact recovery practices
  3. Contextual alignment - how we fashion policies, protocols, contracts, and funding to support Recovery.

ORT will be a resource, a support, a guide to all other departments of DBHDD, and to our partners in the community, as we undertake this strategic transformation to a Recovery Oriented System of Care. 

Frank W. Berry, DBHDD Commissioner 

ORT Statement of Purpose

Georgia’s Recovery Definition

Georgia’s Recovery Guiding Principles & Values

The Power of Peers: A New Recovery Model (video)

RESPECT Institute