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Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 December 2021
This chapter focuses on the consumer recovery movement. A brief history of key events that have supported the consumer recovery movement in the USA is provided. A definition of recovery is provided along with consideration of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) guiding principles for recovery. Mental health-related stigma is discussed as a barrier to the consumer recovery movement and the access and utilization of mental health services in general. An interview with the Director of The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program is provided to demonstrate programmatic examples of the consumer recovery movement in action. The chapter concludes with a discussion of key current policies and future directions for research and practice.