Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 294–301 | Cite as

Seven Key Strategies that Work Together to Create Recovery Based Transformation

  • P. Antonio Olmos-Gallo
  • Roy Starks
  • Kathryn DeRoche Lusczakoski
  • Steve Huff
  • Kristi Mock
Original Paper


This article describes seven key strategies used by the Mental Health Center of Denver in its quest to become a recovery-focused center. The description includes circumstances that were converted into opportunities for multi-level changes within the organization. The changes described include: (a) Vision and persistent leadership, (b) Consumer inclusion and involvement, (c) Seize opportunities to add recovery oriented ideas into clinical practice, (d) Providing the right level of service at the right time, (e) On site staff recovery training, (f) Hiring the right people, and (g) Outcome driven learning and quality improvement. We share our quest to show other centers that although system transformation takes work, it is something that centers across the nation can accomplish, and it makes our work much more meaningful.


Recovery orientation System transformation Community mental health Learning collaborative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Antonio Olmos-Gallo
    • 1
  • Roy Starks
    • 2
  • Kathryn DeRoche Lusczakoski
    • 3
  • Steve Huff
    • 4
  • Kristi Mock
    • 2
  1. 1.Morgridge College of EducationUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Mental Health Center of DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.Aegis Analytical CorporationDenverUSA
  4. 4.B&H ConsultingDenverUSA

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