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About Recovery Supports

“Recovery is the personal process of change in which citizens strive to improve their health and wellness, resiliency, and reach their full potential through self-directed actions.”  Ohio Definition of Recovery

The value of recovery and recovery-oriented behavioral health systems is widely accepted by states, communities, health care providers, peers, families, researchers and advocates. When individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders seek help, they are met with the knowledge and belief that anyone can recover and  his or her condition successfully. Recovery support services help people enter into and navigate systems of care, remove barriers to recovery, stay engaged in the recovery process, and live full lives in communities of their choice.


The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways: clinical treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, self-care, etc. Recovery supports foster health and resilience; increase housing to support recovery; reduce barriers to employment, education, and other life goals; transition individuals from institutional types of settings to community living; and find necessary social supports.


The Bureau of Recovery Supports at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) consists of four sections: housing and homelessness; employment and benefit planning; peer support and peer-run organizations; and community transitions.

Community Transitions
Community Transitioins

People with mental illness and substance use disorders can explore options for transitioning to community living. OhioMHAS can help them chose among local providers to be part of their recovery process. Click the photo to learn more about resources available to support someone who wants to live more independently.

Peer Support
Peer Support

Peer Services are a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. People in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction use their lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. They encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them.

Employment and Work Incentive Planning

Many consumers of mental health and addiction services want to work. With support and guidance from peers and family members, they can find and keep a job. Research strongly supports the critical impact that employment plays in promoting recovery. Click the photo to learn more.
Peer Run Organizations
Peer Run Organizations

Consumer Operated Services (COS) encourage personal contact and social relationships to alleviate isolation and loneliness, a persistent and recurring problem among people in the public mental health system. They also host activities and opportunities for education, job training and leadership building to promote self-advocacy.

Housing and Homelessness
Housing and Homelessness

Safe, decent and affordable housing is important to support recovery for Ohioans experiencing mental illness or addiction. Whatever living arrangement a consumer chooses - the goal is the highest possible degree of functional living and independence. Click the photo to find programs that develop housing or connect people to an appropriate transitional or permanent home.

Where to Get Help

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