In July 2004 the OMHSAS Adult Advisory Committee called for a work
group to guide recovery transformation efforts. In November of that
same year the work group held it's first meeting and a steering
committee was formed to move forward with recommendations. In November
2005 A Call for Change
was presented to the Adult Advisory Committee.
for Change offers a basic framework for transformation,
including indicators of a recovery-oriented system. In addition,
it discusses some of the implications of these changes and recommends
some approaches for using the indicators to initiate changes in
local, county, and statewide systems. It is to be considered a "living-breathing"
document and not a "set in stone" plan. As the first phase
of an ongoing process, the purpose of the report is to stimulate
discussion in all arenas and at all levels. Additional materials
will need to be developed to help inform and guide the process as
Pennsylvania shifts toward a more recovery-oriented service system.
At the time of publication, OMHSAS Deputy Secretary Joan Erney,
Call for Change establishes a firm foundation for the
Pennsylvania transformation to a recovery-oriented mental health
system. It offers an understanding of how we’ve arrived
at this time of recovery transformation, provides a concise definition
of recovery, and further consideration of what a recovery-oriented
system is and is not. Indicators are provided to serve as critical
reference points for services, agencies and county mental health
programs looking for more specific strategies for transforming
to more recovery-oriented services. A Call for Change
highlights the challenges we have yet to address and the need
for us to engage in open, honest discussion and debate about these
OMHSAS is dedicated to building on the foundation of A Call
for Change, so that the opportunity of recovery is fully
supported for all who are served in our public mental health system."
A Call for Change is also available from the Department
of Public Welfare web site.