“More individuals could recover from even the most serious mental illnesses if they had access in their communities to treatment and supports that are tailored to their needs.” Moreover, our mental health system needs to re-prioritize the most important goal: recovery.
2003 President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
About the Care Working Group
The mission of the Care Working Group is to strengthen the system of mental health care delivery in Rice County and to reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Current work of the Care Group
The Care Group has brought the consumer driven recovery program: Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to Rice County. This project stems from a survey conducted with primary health care physicians in Fall 2011. Physicians were asked about gaps in and barriers to accessing the mental health care system of Rice County. Many expressed that there is a lack of follow-up care following a mental health diagnosis and/or psychotropic medication prescription. In response to this, the Care group started to do research on existing programs that provided the more holistic support needed to facilitate recovery and a return to wellness. The group chose the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is an evidence-based, consumer-driven mental health recovery program. For more information on WRAP, click here.
At present, nine individuals in Rice County have been trained to facilitate WRAP groups. One individual has been trained as an Advanced Level Facilitator. We are working to establish regular WRAP groups in both Northfield and Faribault. Our biggest barrier at this point is reaching potential participants to have consistently well-attended groups.
In addition, the Care group is working to reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses. Like us on Facebook (in the sidebar) to receive regular posts about reducing stigma and promoting positive mental health.
Whether you are a mental health consumer, family of a consumer, health care provider (physical or mental), or just an interested community member, if you are interested in being part of the Care Working Group and the design of the consumer-based mental health recovery group, please email us at [email protected].