KBH continues to move forward in advancing recovery focused services and supports within the array of service we provide for people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
First, we want define “recovery” as it relates to the work with our partnership with the clients and communities we serve. At KBH, we use the definition put forth by SAMHSA, which defines recovery as a “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” SAMSHA also identifies the focus of recovery supports is informed following Four Major Dimensions of Recovery when developing recovery services:
1. Health: Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms, and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
2. Home: Having a stable and safe place to live.
3. Purpose: Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
4. Community: Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Current KBH Projects that are designed to support recovery efforts of individuals and communities aspiring to become more “recovery ready” in supporting the Four Dimensions of recovery:
City of Augusta Project Recovery is designed to work closely with first responders and others in Augusta to support individuals in need of treatment and recovery supports to rapidly access those resources.
Somerset and Franklin Counties Recovery Coaching Project is a partnership with Healthy Acadia’s Recovery Coaching Program to expand trained volunteer Recovery Coaches to provide support to community members seeking recovery from a substance use disorder.
ROAR, a Somerset County community group of persons in recovery, people affected by another’s substance us, and allies in support of recovery. ROAR members come together to plan education and advocacy activities that promote recovery supports and reduce negative stigma around people living with the challenges of substance use.
Somerset County Recovery Coaching Center is a new project of ROAR that is developing physical location in Skowhegan for individuals seeking recovery supports. This will be a place for people seeking recovery and a community to join together in their recovery efforts. Recovery Coaches will provide support groups, there will be access to resource and referral information for needed services and assistance, and opportunities to participate in wellness promoting activities at the Center.