People with mental health

Mental Health Recovery group activities

The Mental Health Recovery Plan has three phases covering five years:

  • Phase 1 (2005-2006) creates a shared vision of recovery among system stakeholders.
  • Phase 2 (2006-2008) creates the system structures, including financial and reimbursement structures, that will sustain the foundation for a recovery-oriented system.
  • Phase 3 (2008-2010) will increase the system's recovery depth and complexity.

The Recovery Ordinance

On November 15, 2005 the Metropolitan King County Council passed The Recovery Ordinance (#15327), adopting the recovery model for the publicly funded mental health services for which King County is responsible. The ordinance is based on the Recovery Plan. (This is actually the second Mental Health Recovery Ordinance. Click here for more about the history of recovery in the King County Mental Health system.)

Phase I
A Detailed Work Program for Completion of Phase I Implementation of the Recovery Plan for Mental Health Services was created and submitted to the Metropolitan King County Council in March 2006.

Phase II - Initiating Change
The Metropolitan King County Council required MHCADSD to submit a second ordinance (Ordinance 15978) and an updated detailed implementation plan in June 2007. The Recovery Plan for Mental Health Services - Phase II Implementation Plan was submitted to the King County Executive's office on June 15, 2007 and transmitted to the Metropolitan King County Council on June 29, 2007.

Phase III - Increase Depth and Complexity
The 2009 annual report to the Metropolitan King County Council was formally presented to the Law, Justice and Human Services Committee on Feb. 23, 2010. The report, entitled "Mental Health Recovery in King County 2009 Annual Report, " details the many ways the county's public mental health system is maturing in its system change process and becoming ever more supportive of the recovery of the people who participate in mental health services.

Activities through 2008 have included:

Phase I - 2005

Presentations and discussions were held throughout the network of mental health service providers to begin developing a shared understanding and language regarding the Recovery model of services.

MHCADSD hired an expert on recovery to provide leadership in the planning process.

The King County Mental Health Advisory Board created the Recovery Initiatives Committee (RIC) as a workgroup of the Quality Council, part of the advisory board. The role of the RIC was to review and comment on plans and documents related to recovery and make recommendations. The Board and its committees are comprised of consumers, advocates, and provider representatives.


Recovery Roundtables were held at the mental health agencies. These included a presentation about recovery and time for questions and conversation. The Roundtables were attended by agency management, direct services providers and consumers. The presentation described what recovery is, where the ideas have come from and why the system transformation of the Recovery Journey is necessary.

A series of retreats with senior management of the mental health agencies was begun to share the vision of recovery and to share with one another the various efforts underway at each agency to further recovery for the people they serve.

Other implementation planning groups were begun. These included:

  • Recovery Plan Coordination (RPC) a staff driven group chaired by Jean Robertson, the King County MHP Administrator worked to ensure a synchronized and coordinated move towards the goal of the Plan where activities of the various groups are consistent and policy and programming decisions are consistent with recommendations.
  • Voices of Recovery, an exclusive group for consumers of the King County Mental Health Plan, with one division RPC staff liaison. This group reviews and provides input on all King County recovery transformation activities. Consumers are paid for their participation in this group, which is a permanent feature of the transformation process. The group is also developing other strategies to increase consumer voice and influence in the system.
  • Recovery Implementation Group (RIG), composed of representatives from consumers, advocates, agency staff, division staff, and other interested parties. The workgroup worked to develop definitions and system goals, explored promising and best practices and developed a plan to increase consumer involvement at all levels of the systems.
    NOTE: The RPC, RIC and RIG ended their work at the end of 2007.
  • Youth and Older Adult Provider Work Groups. Because recovery literature is primarily concentrated on adult services and outcomes, these work groups were formed to develop and articulate appropriate process and outcome measures for youth and older adults.

MHCADSD contracted with Technical Assistance Collaborative to develop strategies to align financial incentives with recovery practices.


A training consultant was hired to design and develop intensive training to be provided at approximately 16 sites over the course of the next several years.

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