Procovery and Healthcare Reform

“What strikes me about Procovery is its steadfast focus on the future and how people need to take responsibility for their own wellness. As such, I think Procovery has the potential to be a major force in the healthcare reform efforts of people with severe and persistent mental illnesses and the providers who serve them. We’re all looking for a way to encourage people to make changes in their lives and I think Procovery is one of the best tools available to actually do that.”Dave Pilon, Ph.D., President and CEO, Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Procovery Institute is honored to be able to serve as a change agent, not only for profoundly inspiring Procovery Circle participants who consistently create changes that they, and nearly everyone around them, never thought they would or could make, but we are equally honored to serve as a change agent for providers, agencies and communities, also struggling amidst an ever changing sea of devastating cutbacks, increased demand and diminishing resources.

Joseph Parks, MD, in Behavioral Healthcare magazine outlines MO’s experience with an urban/rural implementation pilot of Procovery, and cites seven specific components essential to recovery programming – all of which he directly relates to Procovery components.*

The 7 essential components he identifies as essential to recovery programming.

· Specificity

· Application across diagnoses, including behavioral and physical

· Staff training

· Application across a spectrum of settings, cultures, and stakeholders

· Fidelity and accountability

· Complementary, not competitive, to existing services and programs.

· Change agent 

Dr. Parks addresses the need for “recovery implementation to have both the substance and form to serve as a change agent to lead agencies, providers, and stakeholders to do business differently.”

Dr. Parks attributes Procovery with the ability to serve as a change agent and quotes Peter M. Senge “[often] new insights fail to get put into practice because they conflict with deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting.” 

Procovery Institute has been studying change for over fifteen years and one of the things we observe time and again is how times of extreme challenge and crisis can serve as catalysts and, in essence, springboard individuals, agencies and communities to change.

Procovery Institute is currently finalizing planning and assessment for our next phased expansion.

Until next time…

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What Is Your Path?

There are as many paths to healing, as there are to illness. What is your path? It is surely different from anyone else’s in that you will start where you are, head in the direction of your choice, dreams and vision and you will make different choices and utilize different resources along the way…

Often, when faced with a serious challenge or difficulty, we can feel we are not strong enough to do what we need to do to get through the crisis. Many times it can feel especially challenging to try to determine how we can keep doing everything we were already doing AND add in the hard work of healing.

But that’s just it – often challenges are “dangerous opportunities” and one of the real benefits can be to STOP doing everything we were doing, and begin doing something different. Below is an excerpt from Procovery Institute’s Certificate of Empowerment:

As bearer of this certificate you are no longer required to depend on the advice of experts. You may step back and view the entire world—not just your home, neighborhood or town, but the whole Earth—as a Procovery oriented learning experience, a laboratory containing medicines, therapies, strategies, sources of support, ways to heal and to grow, and ideas without end. Although collections of these treasures have been located in hospitals and clinics for your convenience, they are to be found in prayer, bubble baths, animals, sunsets, snowfall, romance, music, art, mathematics, physics, engineering, foods, and everywhere else, too. 

Expanding our view of healing places, people and things can make all of the difference. You have incredible power and potential and must keep in mind that finding ways to continually inspire yourself for the very hard work of healing can be as critical to your healing process as anything else that you do.

Today we will leave you with an excerpt from Los Angeles-based musician Wes Poland’s contribution to Procovery Institute’s MUSIC HEALS video project:

About 3 years ago I got clean and sober from alcohol and drug addiction. Going through that in my own life and kind of hitting rock bottom and realizing “okay, what am I meant to do in this life…” and looking for some sort of purpose, I turn to music, immediately… As stuff comes up, rather than turn to drugs and alcohol to damper the feelings, I’m able to use music to express those feelings and get them out and deal with them in a good, healthy way. 

To learn more about Procovery Institute’s ongoing MUSIC HEALS project, or to inquire about MUSIC HEALS events, please contact us at