The Emergence of Mental Health Self-Direction: An International Learning Exchange

August 24, 2016

This Open Forum describes a September 2015 international learning exchange meeting in which experts in self-direction and mental health from seven nations convened for sharing best practices, discussing challenges, and laying the groundwork for a learning community to support the continued development of self-direction. Meeting participants identified three themes that represent next steps toward ensuring that the promise of self-direction is realized. First, self-direction involves creating a culture shift for value-based systems change. Second, people with lived experience must be involved and supported at every level, including direct support, leadership, and oversight. Third, stakeholder communication about self-direction’s impact is critical.

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