After our early days in Wisconsin, we partnered with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and University of Southern California, to further test Procovery Circles, and to test cultural efficacy, as well as the implementation of Procovery across institutional settings.
By then, we had learned a lot more about what was needed to support both the healing process, as well as Procovery Circles, but we also learned that implementation was often very challenging, for many reasons.
Early on, one of the hardest things to learn was how often, in state after state, the most caring and well-meaning of administrators would create barriers related to individuals moving forward, or would not remove them after becoming aware of them. One of many examples was in adult homes where administrators, very honestly, told me in a number of different ways that they were afraid that Procovery might help people heal.
Please check back soon for The Los Angeles Days – Part Two.