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Program Information
Program Name: Focus On Recovery-United, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 2002
Public Contact Person: Heather McDonald
Address: 100 Riverview Center
Suite 272
East Hartford, CT 06108
Telephone #: (860) 704-0556
Fax #: (860) 704-0767
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Community Education, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $200,000-$400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 3-5
Volunteers: 5-10
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Focus On Recovery-United, Inc. (FOR-U) is offering a way for people in recovery, those with an interest in recovery, and anyone who wants to enhance the creative potential of their lives to learn from one another what helps.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (developed by Mary Ellen Copeland) has been subject to several studies around the country and is considered a "Best Practice" by the Federal Government.
Program Mission Statement: Focus On Recovery-United, Inc. is dedicated to promoting wellness by encouraging positive change in the lives of people who are experiencing (or who have experienced) psychiatric and/or symptoms of addiction, their family members, providers, and the community. We are committed to assisting individuals in taking responsibility for their own recovery by providing hope, education, and ongoing support.
Additional Information: Focus On Recovery-United offers mental healthy recovery education workshops, seminars and presentations in English and Spanish throughout the state of Connecticut. These workshops are based on the work of Mary Ellen Copeland's Wellness Recovery Action Plan(WRAP), Shery Mead's Trauma Informed Peer Support and other recovery resources from around the country and beyond.We embrace the belief that ultimately we (consumers) are the experts in our own recovery and must take personal responsibility for getting well. Nobody can make the decision for us. We need to see other "ex-mental (and/or "ex-addict") patients" living full and purposeful lives so we can embrace hope. We also need people who believe we can recover.

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