About Us


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Recovery within Reach is a comprehensive, community-based resource directory for Tennesseans who are interested in recovery from mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse. Here you will find information about recovery that ranges from where to find a WRAP® class to in-depth writings about the journey of recovery. Recovery within Reach has been made possible through a 2007 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Real Choice Systems Change Person-centered Planning grant coordinated through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide access and real systems change so that individuals with a psychiatric concern, substance or co-occurring disorder can secure resource materials in their effort to achieve the American dream of having a safe, affordable and appropriate place to call home, in a welcoming and positive environment. We believe that our mission can best be accomplished through the promotion of consumer independence, enhancement of each person’s dignity and worth, and improvement of quality of life.

The high standards and values of our mission are supported through an innovative, community based initiative, comprised of psychiatric service participants, family members, stakeholders in both the private and public sector, local, state and federal government and the general public.


About this Site

The content of Recovery within Reach has been carefully gathered and reviewed by a Content Review Committee that includes representatives from the following organizations:

Park Center serves as the community contact for Recovery within Reach and acts as liaison between the Content Management Committee and the Web site developer.

Park Center
801 12th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 242-3576

About the Real Choice Systems Change Person-Centered Planning Grant that started this website in 2009

Recovery within Reach was made possible through a 2007 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Real Choice Systems Change Person-Centered Planning grant that is coordinated through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services. The website actually began in October of 2009.The grant was designed to put in place an environment in which every mental health consumer can participate in a Person-Centered Planning (PCP) process that identifies his or her strengths, capacities, preferences, and needs. In Tennessee, Certified Peer Recovery Specialists throughout this PCP system work with consumers to help them optimize choice, embrace personal responsibility, and receive coordinated, quality care.

The Project Advisory Committee included representatives from the following organizations:

  • Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA)
  • Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tennessee
  • Tennessee’s three TennCare (Medicaid) Managed Care Organizations:
  • United Health Care
  • AmeriGroup
  • Volunteer State Health Plan of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

In addition to this website, the Real Choice Systems Change grant funds were used to train facilitators in Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) as well as in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based practice.

Across Tennessee, teachers of Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®), a self-management and recovery based system, were trained free of charge through the grant. As a result, WRAP® is being offered throughout every region of Tennessee and people with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorder are reaping the benefits of this successful self-management planning system. As part of the training registration, each WRAP® facilitator agreed to teach 15 people how to develop their own WRAP®. During the first year of the grant, approximately 1,000 mental health consumers will learn to create an effective WRAP. With an additional 68 trained facilitators added during years two and three, the number of consumers who learn WRAP® increased accordingly, with approximately, 2,000 consumers attending WRAP® classes during year two and 4,000 consumers during year three.

Illness Management & Recovery, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based practice, was offered in each of the three grand divisions for the three years of the grant. This recovery education program served as an effective complement to the WRAP® program. Geared toward professionals to use either individually or in groups. The goal was for a minimum of 50 teachers to be trained each year of the grant to teach IMR. 500 consumers attended IMR classes the first year of the grant. With 50 more teachers added in years two and three, the number of consumers attending IMR classes increased each year of the grant. In year two of the grant, 1,000 consumers attended IMR classes and 2,000 consumers in year three.

Another component of the Real Choice Systems Change grant was a caregiver assessment for people who care for someone who has serious mental illness or co-occurring disorder. The caregiver assessment determined whether or not caregivers needed help with their own daily lives and if they were attending to their own mental health. Referrals to appropriate resources were provided to any caregivers who needed them. NAMI Tennessee was contracted to administer caregiver assessments across the state. Resources for caregivers can also be found on this website by linking here.

Disclaimer of Liability from Recovery within Reach

The information contained in this material is for the sole purpose of providing general information only and must not be construed as legal advice or take the place of competent legal counsel. Do not rely on these materials without consulting an attorney concerning your situation. The dissemination of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship and does not seek to represent you based upon your visit or review of this information. Every effort has been make to ensure the information contained in the material is current. However, the law does change, and the general information contained within may become dated. You should seek the advice of legal counsel for specific situations and advice to the “then existing” status of the law.

Disclaimer of Information from Recovery within Reach

References from this website or from any of the information services sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to any non-governmental entity, product, service or information does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the TDMHSAS organization or any of its employees. TDMHSAS is not responsible for the contents of any "off-site" web pages referenced from this server. Although our page includes links to sites including or referencing relevant collections of information, TDMHSAS does not endorse ANY specific products or services provided by public or private organizations. By using this site, the user takes full responsibility for any use of these links.

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