FAVOR MS Recovery Advocacy Project (Mission and Vision)

FAVOR Mississippi Recovery Advocacy Project (FM-RAP) has been blessed to receive support from the Copiah County Board of Supervisors with a facility to host twelve step recovery meetings.  We are laying the foundation to provide ongoing recovery and community support for individuals seeking long term recovery.  We are an advocacy project that provide education, information, resources and referrals in a variety of ways to individuals and their families.  We ask for your endorsement and support to help us grow.  We are seeking letters of endorsement, memorandum of understanding and your guidance.

 

Mission:  The mission of FM-RAP is to advocate and provide a self-place (Recovery Community Center) for individuals with substance use disorders, mental illness and veterans to recover in the community.  

 

Vision:  We will accomplish our mission by educating the community, government entities, private business and faith-based organizations.  We will provide recovery resource centers as safe- heavens for this population meet, learn and become productive members of society.

 

FM-RAP is laying its foundation and our mission and vision are basic and intentful.  We will continue to revisit our mission to ensure we are living it out as it relates to the vision.

 

 

 

RECOVERY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

 

Across the country, organizations that are independent, non-profit, led and governed by people in recovery, family members, friends and allies are mobilizing resources within and outside of the recovery community to make it possible for the over 150 thousand Mississippians’ still struggling with addiction to find long-term recovery.  Our organization has a mission that reflects the particular issues and concerns of our community.

 

I. Recovery Community Organizations: Core Principles

All groups share three core principles – recovery vision; authenticity of voice; and accountability to the recovery community.

 

Recovery vision

 

FAVOR Mississippi Recovery Advocacy Project (FM-RAP) focus on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs for over 150 thousand Mississippians’, veterans and their families.  FAVOR Mississippi recovery community organization, our leaders, and members have a singular goal: enhancing the quantity and quality of support available to people seeking and experiencing long-term recovery from addiction.  Faces & Voices of Recovery envisions a day when public and private policies have been implemented at the local, state, and federal levels to help individuals and families get the help they need to recover, including access to effective care including treatment and peer and other recovery support services.  Policies that discriminate against people in or seeking recovery will have been reversed and removed.

 

The focus is on the “solution” that involves mobilizing individual and community resources to promote recovery, not a particular service or model of care.  One of the founding principles of Faces & Voices of Recovery is embracing all pathways to recovery.   This principle is embodied in our Recovery Bill of Rights, a statement of a recovery vision and agenda.  FM-RAP form strategic alliances with like-minded partners, this vision is distinct from that of for example, human service agencies, faith-based and other community organizations, professional addiction treatment, and mental health treatment, and primary care providers. FM-RAP mission and vision is to provide community support, reduce and eliminate the stigma of individuals seeking recovery statements from a variety of recovery community organizations in the Resource Section.

 

By Our Silence We Let Others Define Us:

 

Authenticity of voice

 

Authenticity of voice means representing the interests of communities of recovery.  A guiding principle is self-governance, mutual aid and support.  Recovery community organizations are developing to serve communities, with leadership by and for community members.  Recovery community organizations have a majority of board members, managers, staff, and volunteers drawn from the community.  This strong connection is the source of a recovery community organization’s strength and ensures that the voice of the recovery community takes precedence over other interests.

 

By developing and nurturing strong grassroots networks, recovery community organizations develop leaders, offer opportunities for people to make their voices heard, and provide a forum for community service. Vibrant recovery community organizations insure that the voices of people who have the lived experience of recovery, including family members, are heard and embraced and that the organization’s public education, advocacy, and recovery support services respond to the broadest spectrum of local recovery needs.

 

Accountability to the recovery community

 

Recovery community organizations’ credibility and effectiveness depends on their ability to be accountable and responsive to the community they work in and with. In most cases, this means being an independent, stand-alone nonprofit organization, where they can manage their relationships with other organizations. For example, a recovery community organization may work closely with an association of treatment providers, a Drug Court, a Community Prevention Coalition or a hospital, but be independent of them in their governance. Independence allows a recovery community organization to bridge the gaps between the recovery community and government agencies, the criminal justice system and the larger network of health and human services providers. The recovery community organization’s real strength is drawn not from its links to other service organizations but from the authentic voice of the individuals in the recovery community who relate to and actively support it.

 

Recovery community organizations recruit and engage people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to advocate on behalf of their own, identified interests. Wherever possible, recovery community organizations use something called “participatory processes” – different ways to involve both leaders and members – to weigh in on decisions on programming and policy. Recovery community organizations provide an organized way for people to give back to their communities through volunteer and paid service to others seeking recovery and work with allied organizations by offering recovery support services, advocating on common public policy agendas, and broadening public understanding of the reality of recovery while remaining accountable to the recovery community.

 

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