Defining Community Recovery and Identifying Partners

You might be completely new to recovery to work ecosystems or you might have devoted considerable time and thought to developing one in your region. In either case, it is likely that much of the recovery-focused work in your region takes place within the boundaries of specific projects and organizations. Helping people in recovery achieve lasting employment requires the coordination of organizations and services that have previously operated in silos. This coordination, or ecosystem approach, takes time and intention. Strong regional ecosystems require dedicated planning and leadership. Every region has a unique landscape of people, organizations, and projects. Each regional recovery to work ecosystem will look different. It’s important to start with an understanding of what success looks like for your region and how your existing partners and projects are connected. 

Step One: What is a recovery to work ecosystem? What kinds of organizations and people lead recovery to work ecosystem efforts? Is your role in a recovery to work ecosystem?
  • Review framework
  • Snapshots of organizations that lead this work
  • Profiles of leaders
  • Case study- What does effective partnership look like?
  • The recovery perspective
Step Two: What does success look like in your region? 
  • Envisioning success activity 
  • Develop an elevator pitch for success in your region
Step Three: Connect with other organizations that are (or should be) part of the recovery to work ecosystem 
  • Locating stakeholders in your community tool
  • Email template for first connection (use your elevator pitch from step 2!) 
  • Community interest assessment form 
    • What’s currently happening in the recovery-to-work space that you know of? 
    • What would you like to see more of? 
    • Nominate groups you believe should be included in recovery to work efforts 
    • Build community buy-in; generate early momentum