From rhetoric to routine: assessing perceptions of recovery-oriented practices in a state mental health and addiction system

Psychiatr Rehabil J. Spring 2005;28(4):378-86. doi: 10.2975/28.2005.378.386.


The Recovery Self Assessment (RSA) was developed to gauge perceptions of the degree to which programs implement recovery-oriented practices. Nine hundred and sixty-seven directors, providers, persons in recovery, and significant others from 78 mental health and addiction programs completed the instrument. Factor analysis revealed five factors: Life Goals, Involvement, Diversity of Treatment Options, Choice, and Individually-Tailored Services. Agencies were rated highest on items related to helping people explore their interests and lowest on items regarding service user involvement in services. The RSA is a useful, self-reflective tool to identify strengths and areas for improvement as agencies strive to offer recovery-oriented care.

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Recovery of Function*
  • State Government*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*