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Mental Health Recovery
For as long as there has been mental illness there has been recovery.  Nonetheless, this is an especially exciting time for everyone who cares about their mental well-being and that of their loved ones.  People in recovery now have new tools to better work together to shape and advance their recovery and our overall mental health care system.  Together, we are improving opportunities for people to live full and productive lives in their own communities by overcoming mental illnesses once thought to be incurable.  In partnership with you, providers and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health (IDHS/DMH), the Illinois Mental Health Collaborative for Access and Choice is here to actively support you in your recovery.

This website is designed as a practical source of information and motivation for you.  We invite you to explore the Recovery & Empowerment Handbook, Achieve Solutions® and other recovery and resilience resources. Additionally, check back often for updated information on the Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls and other events, trainings, and conferences. We are always adding more to this website. 

Recovery Envisioned:
The Expectation is Recovery!  All persons with mental illnesses can recover and participate fully in a life in the community.
- DMH Vision Statement

Recovery Defined:
Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. Science has shown that having hope plays an integral role in an individual's recovery.
- President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration