A unique coalition of self and system grassroots advocates partnering with traditional and peer providers to advance funding, quality of lives, excellence in the delivery of recovery focused rehabilitation and peer support services with a very strong focus on promoting human rights and justice.
The Alliance for Rights and Recovery is a state and national change agent dedicated to improving services, public policies and social conditions for people with mental health, substance use and trauma-related challenges, by promoting health, wellness, recovery, with full community inclusion, so that all may achieve maximum potential in communities of choice.
People are at the center of our work.
People should be afforded every available opportunity and resource to successfully manage their mental health, substance use, and trauma-related challenges and to thrive in their most integrated setting in communities of choice.
We support people to grow beyond an identity that is based on their experience of mental health, substance use, and trauma-related challenges and to ultimately thrive in their communities via their personal achievements and connections to natural supports and relationships.
People have the right to make choices about their mental health and well-being in a system, community and society that recognizes, supports, and invests in their personal recovery.
People deserve access to quality, evidence-based mental health, substance use, and trauma recovery services and supports. Best practices promote successful engagement, skills and connections to meet their self-determined goals, with the support of well-coordinated, culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices.
People and communities are healthiest when valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, identities, and experiences. Guided by our Cultural Competence Committee, the Alliance for Rights and Recovery takes on racism, xenophobia and other barriers to inclusivity and increased access to quality services and supports.
Since 1981, the Alliance for Rights and Recovery has connected recovering people, providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to a commitment to promote self-determination and our recovery and rights mission.
Founded in 1981, The Alliance for Rights and Recovery originated in New York’s clubhouse and social club community. Since then, our aim has been to bring together and serve the needs of the broad spectrum of community based mental health recovery, rehabilitation and peer support services in New York. Accordingly, we have reached out to consumers/survivors and professionals associated with the state’s Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment (IPRT) programs, supported employment and education, and promoted affirmative business services and other peer-driven rehabilitation and recovery support services. Our goal has been to help connect and unite these diverse groups, building on their shared dedication to quality recovery services.
We believe that the most successful recoveries are self-directed. Ensuring that people have the rights and resources to make decisions about their health care provides a sense of dignity that is essential to living a fully realized and fulfilled life.
We are committed to building communities that share the belief that recovery is the expectation for all and a commitment to advance practices and policies that promote self-worth, personal agency, wellbeing, and community.
Recovery does not occur in isolation. Here at the Alliance for Rights and Recovery, we understand that health, purpose, connections to community, friends and families and access to stable housing, employment and transportation are key to community success.
Identifying and addressing bias and prejudice in our work and community is essential to supporting all people to achieve wellbeing and valued lives. Accordingly, the Alliance is committed to promoting trauma informed strategies to take on systemic injustices and structural stigma.
The Alliance for Rights and Recovery actively works to eliminate racism, both within the organization and in the wider community. As an anti-racist organization, we take a variety of actions to promote racial equity and justice, such as:
- Examining and addressing our own practices: The Alliance has conducted an internal review of its practices, policies, and culture to identify areas where racism may be present or perpetuated.
- Providing training and education: The Alliance provides training and education for staff and volunteers to increase awareness of racism and its impacts, as well as strategies for combating racism.
- Engaging in advocacy and activism: The Alliance engages in advocacy and activism on issues related to racism, such as supporting policies and initiatives that promote racial equity and justice.
- Building relationships and partnerships: We build relationships and partnerships with individuals and organizations that are also committed to anti-racism, such as community groups, advocacy organizations, and grassroots movements.
- Centering the experiences of marginalized communities: The Alliance prioritizes the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, ensuring that they are represented and involved in decision-making processes.
We believe that by being an Anti-Racist organization we can work to eliminate racism within our own practices and in the wider community, thus contributing to build a more equitable and just society.
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