The Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives provides innovative, state of the art services aimed at creating and enhancing wellness and recovery. Through our many activities, we assist organizations in developing a workforce and service system grounded in a recovery and wellness orientation, and help individuals pursue their own paths towards wellness.
Newsletter and Website Our monthly Words of Wellness newsletter and welltacc.org website feature valuable information and resources, including details about educational events to help people to achieve and maintain wellness.
Wellness Conference Our annual Wellness Conference is the premier wellness and recovery education event in New Jersey, and consistently attracts participants from many other states.
Presentations, Seminars, Consultation and Technical Assistance Building on our areas of expertise and nationwide recognition, we provide a range of outreach services, including keynotes and presentations at conferences, half- and full-day seminars, and individually tailored consultations. Practical technical assistance supports social services and mental health service organizations in incorporating and enhancing wellness, recovery, peer-operated services, and empowerment philosophy, principles and practices.
In addition to direct staff development, we contribute regularly to the growing knowledge base through publications in psychiatric rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and related fields, as well as through reports targeting a national audience.
Wellness Collaborations We work closely with our partners to improve the wellness of the mental health community, including the National Wellness Campaign, health screening, economic self-sufficiency, and enhancing employment outcomes. Our partners have included:
Institute staff regularly contribute to journal articles and textbook chapters in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, and related fields. Institute staff have contributed to important documents for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Employment Through active partnerships with researchers we are developing and studying a variety of approaches to increase awareness of the importance of employment to recovery and identify the supports that best promote return to work. We offer Individual Placement and Support vocational services to members of the CSPNJ community, as well as to people who purchase those services through the federal Ticket to Work program. We also partner to provide and study a variety of approaches to increase awareness of and supports for people’s return to work.
Self-help Resources We have developed several guidebooks and workbooks to help people achieve and maintain wellness in all of their life domains.