Wellness & Recovery

This is a website that will be of interest to current and former recipients of mental health care as well their families, friends and providers.

What is Recovery? - It's a process that takes place over time which regains or restores health. Recovery involves changing thinking and attitudes. It means action. It begins with self-acceptance: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.


Maine Health and Wellness Toolkit - This is a toolkit to help mental health agencies integrate health into their service settings. It is divided into sections depending on your role within a mental health agency and addresses the following topics:

  • How to bring health and wellness into agency culture
  • How to use a health screen to assess people's health status
  • How to involve and empower consumers in their health care
  • How to link with community resources

Intentional Peer Support - Is a philosophy based on four tasks used to develop and maintain relationships. Through relationships we think about help in a new way. Rather than focusing on problem solving and what we don't want in our lives, we instead challenge one another to discover our hopes and dreams. Together we learn and grow and move towards what we want.

Recovery & Wellness Links - You will find links here for Person Centered Planning, WRAP, Mindfulness, Psychiatric Advance Directives and more! This is a listing of websites that support or focus on wellbeing, mental health and recovery.

Recovery for ME
Mental Health Services: Practice Guidelines for Recovery Oriented Care
September 2011

Guidelines (Word* | also in PDF*)

emptyThese Practice Guidelines are the result of extensive collaborative work done by a variety of stakeholders during 2011. Always to be considered a working document, it will be refined and updated as more is learned about Recovery Oriented Care.  With the creation of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in September of 2012, we will continue to revise these guidelines, recognizing that many individuals experience mental health and substance use conditions as well as chronic health conditions. The revision process will involve a broad range of stakeholders. Please stay tuned for future developments.