RecoveryPeople is structured as a social-impact network, which refers to a system of interconnected people and organizations that work together to solve complex problems and impact social change. In 2014, RecoveryPeople won our first in a series of Recovery Community Service Providers (RCSP) Statewide Network (SN) grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As envisioned by SAMHSA, statewide networks:
- empower the voice of lived experience to participate in program planning and policy development;
- strengthen recovery community organizations and recovery stakeholders as key partners in the delivery of services; and
- underscore the relevance and appropriateness of recovery support services (RSS) and peer recovery support services (PRSS) as fundamental fixtures on the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) landscape.
The capacity, or connectivity of a network, is measured in terms of its:
- depth - the number of participants, partners and networks
- scope - the quality of relationships
- breath - the diversity of the network
Within the network, Participants are people who have been engaged, educated or empowered through one of our programs. Participants are individuals with a history of substance use and related mental health challenges, affected family members and/or allies.
Reinforcing (if not over communicating) how the network works and how members can contribute is an important part of the culture. The following social norms were developed through a participatory process in 2016.
Value of Networks
Ultimately the purpose of a social-impact network is to add value, and it does so at multiple levels: