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Published on: 5/16/2016 3:14 PM

Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance use disorders: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Through Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms-for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and on-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem- and from everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.


How to Help Your Ill Family Member

A great deal of misinformation exists regarding the legal requirements for communication between behavioral health providers and family members of a person with a severe biological brain disease. Among those is a requirement that consideration must be given to relevant evidence presented by family members and to the historical course of a person’s illness. A two page form has been developed to help family members present this information to behavioral health providers, which you can find below in the following County's five threshold languages.

The two page form has been developed jointly by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department, NAMI Santa Clara County, and behavioral health consumers as a means for family members to communicate about their relative's behavioral health history pursuant to AB 1424, which requires that all individuals making decisions about involuntary treatment consider information provided by family members. After having been completed, this form will be placed in the client’s behavioral health chart.

For family members to provide information to providers/clinical staff - AB 1424 Form