Recovery Innovations, Inc.
Recovery Innovations, Inc. is a treatment program focusing on those afflicted with mental health and substance use disorders. RI remains committed to providing cutting-edge outpatient treatment for a full-range of substance use and mental health disorders. What sets us apart from the competition is our success, service, and absolute dedication to helping our clients become whole again.
We maintain an interest in you as a unique individual who doesn’t fit into a nice, pre-packaged set of characteristics (thankfully!). Our commitment to providing timely, empathetic treatment is unwavering and never compromised. When you call you won’t be put on hold forever, or even worse — never called back. In fact, it is unusual for you to not receive a call back (if you don’t reach us the first time) the same day you called … yes, even if it’s a Sunday. Our staff is highly trained, supremely motivated, empathetic and maintains an interest in your particular set of circumstances. We will tailor a treatment plan to your needs, your time, and your willingness to commit to treatment and change.
Recovery Innovations Inc. was built on one simple concept — quality, affordable treatment. To us, that means a few things …
The Best Providers — We can take pride in our staff, and go through extraordinary lengths to ensure only appropriately skilled clinicians will be assigned to your treatment. We will never have an intern providing family therapy, or a volunteer conducting an initial assessment. All staff are subjected to a comprehensive background check, are expected to maintain a certain number of continuing education hours annually, and are held accountable for the progress of their caseload.
Flexible Scheduling — We understand that you have busy lives with a number of competing demands … soccer practice, work, school. That’s why we offer appointments as late as 8:30 pm and on Saturdays. If something comes up for you during the week, we’ll do our best to reschedule you at a mutually agreeable time.
Respect — Philosophically, we believe that everyone has problems. Some are bigger than others, and some are more disruptive than others. We will never judge you based on your presenting issues and do not endorse preferential treatment to any particular set of clients. We will always respect your right to privacy and strictly adhere to Federal and State confidentiality laws that protect your sensitive information.
Service — While we can’t be everything to everybody, that is our goal. All phone calls are returned the same day they’re placed … even it is on a weekend. If you’re having trouble with your insurance company we will intervene to iron out the differences. In short, as soon as you have contact with RI helping you find relief from your problems becomes our focus … immediately.
Whether you want to schedule an appointment, just pick our brains, or ask further questions about what we can do for you or someone you love, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
By tailoring services to the people we help and training professionals in our model, the MHA Village is making a lasting impression on mental health programs across the nation. Located in Long Beach, California, the MHA Village serves adults and young adults with mental illness.
We began our program in 1990 after California’s mental health department chose MHA to design and demonstrate an innovative service system built on an “integrated services” approach. We brought together all the services and support people with mental illness need to live, work, learn and be involved in the community. In 1999, this became the model for AB 34 projects – comprehensive care for people with mental illness who are homeless, leaving jail or at risk of homelessness or incarceration. Integrated services is the approach for adult mental health recovery in the Mental Health Services Act, passed by California voters in 2004.
The MHA Village has earned recognition for its effectiveness and emerged as a national model. We incorporate many types of mental health care – treatment, rehabilitation, self-help, and family/community involvement. To these, we integrate our enhancements: an emphasis on choice, equality between staff and the people we serve, encouragement of continued growth and an environment of “high risk/high support.” We identify “quality of life” outcomes – measuring living, work, education, finance and social goals – to ensure effectiveness and accountability.
The MHA Village focuses on recovery from mental illness. In his book, “A Road to Recovery,” founding Village psychiatrist Mark Ragins, M.D., presents his concept that recovery has four stages – hope, empowerment, self-responsibility and a meaningful role in life.
- Hope: Recovery begins with a positive vision of the future. Hope is most motivating when it takes form as a real, reasonable image of what life can look like. Individuals need to see possibilities – getting a job, earning a diploma, having an apartment – before they can make changes and take steps forward.
- Empowerment: To move ahead, individuals need a sense of their capabilities. Hope needs to be focused on what they can do for themselves. To be empowered, they need access to information and the opportunity to make their own choices. At the Village, individuals choose the types of services they want using our “menu” of options.
- Self-responsibility: As individuals move toward recovery, they realize they need to be responsible for their own lives. This comes with trying new things, learning from mistakes and trying again. We encourage individuals to take risks, such as living independently, applying for a job, enrolling in college or asking someone out on a date.
- A meaningful role in life: To recover, individuals must have a purpose in their lives separate from their illness. They need to apply newly-acquired traits such as hopefulness, confidence and self-responsibility to “normal” roles such as employee, neighbor, graduate and volunteer. Meaningful roles help people with mental illness “get a life.”Read more: Our MHA Village web site, www.mhavillage.org has “A Road to Recovery” available for free download as well as information on how to order the book.
Philosophy and Principles
We believe that the goal of mental health recovery is full integration into all aspects of community life. Our principles have earned the MHA Village national respect as an “exemplary practice” and recognition for its “best practices” in our own state. These include:
- Client choice: With our “menu approach,” we provide services based on individuals’ own goals. They choose what services they want and the staff members with whom they would like to work. We de-emphasize traditional “professional” to “patient” relationships and respect individuals as equal partners in their recovery.
- Quality of life: We focus on areas – living, work, education, finance and social goals – that address all parts of individuals’ lives. These areas are those that often form the core of an individual’s participation in community life.
- Community focus: We believe that living, learning and working should be done through integration rather than segregation. Our staff spends most of its time out of the office, supporting individuals as they pursue their quality of life goals.
- Whatever it takes: Village services are available on a continuous basis. On a rotating basis, our staff can be reached around-the-clock for crises. We follow a “no-fail” approach. We do not transfer individuals out because of the challenges they pose. Because we demonstrate such a high level of commitment to them, they have a higher level of commitment to the program – and to their own goals.
Our services are provided by teams of mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, with specialists in employment, money management, community involvement and substance abuse recovery. Our staff includes individuals who have recovered from mental illness.
The Village considers all its staff – management, treatment, case management and employment staff – recovery workers. They promote quality of life services, instead of illness services; use engagement and collaboration, instead of coercion; and involve people with mental illness in every aspect of their treatment and recovery.
- Personal Service Plans: Our teams help individuals create and carry out customized plans by selecting from psychiatric care, employment, housing assistance, substance abuse recovery, health, financial, education and social support options.
- Psychiatric Care: We use a “collaborative psychiatry” approach, through which each individual works with a Village psychiatrist, and we emphasize collaboration and choice. We help individuals learn about medication and symptoms. This puts them in control of their illnesses, makes them partners in their treatment, and lets them pursue their work, living, education and social goals.
- Employment: With a “menu” that offers a rich range of work options, we help individuals choose, get and keep jobs. Our in-house businesses provide time-limited paying jobs and work experience. We offer work-for-a-day, casual labor and seasonal work options. The core of this service is to work in the community. We help individuals locate possible jobs, help them get hired, and coach them on and off the worksite.
- Substance Abuse Recovery: In our services for individuals who have both mental illness and substance abuse problems, we help them reduce the harm caused by substance abuse while working with them toward the goals of sobriety and recovery. Our aim is to help individuals recognize how their goals are impacted by substance abuse, offer action steps toward sobriety and prevent relapses through involvement in community 12-step groups.
- Housing Assistance: We draw on MHA’s housing options and community resources to provide a full range of choices, along with resources for special needs, such as substance abuse residential treatment or sober living homes.
- Financial Services: Our staff help individuals learn to become responsible for their own finances. We train them in how to develop a budget, open a bank account, balance a checkbook and shop.
- Community Involvement: To help individuals become active in the world outside the Village, we encourage them to plan social events and take part in a wide assortment of community activities. We help them learn about and use local resources, coaching them in areas such as expected dress and behaviors to help them feel at ease.