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Office of Recovery Partnerships

Individuals in behavioral health services need to have a voice in Washington State. The Health Care Authority’s (HCA) Office of Recovery Partnerships (ORP) works closely with members of the community who have lived experience with mental health and substance use services. This communication influences and informs health care policies across the state.

Want to have a voice in the Office of Recovery Partnerships (ORP)?

The ORP was established to make sure that recovery-oriented services and initiatives are integrated into all aspects of health care planning, policy, and practice.

Our mission is to promote recovery and resilience for all people in the public behavioral health system. We believe that recovery is not a dream; recovery is wholly attainable and is the outcome of a system that fully responds to the needs and directives of those it serves.

Our priorities

  • Representing the behavioral health community in planning activities.
  • Encouraging active participation and communication between HCA and individuals, families, and organizations in the recovery community.
  • Supporting the development and growth of peer-run services and organizations, and other peer services and supports.
  • Advocating for peer support services and leadership.
  • Promoting the principles of recovery and resilience throughout Washington State.

How we work

Our work supports statewide programs and initiatives to help promote recovery and resilience across the state.

Internal leadership

Representing peers, our members use their individual and collective voices in committees and leadership to bring peer voice to policy and decision making.


We hold monthly webinars to share state news and bring a broad peer perspective to the state. We also hold events in communities across the state, including:

  • Community events
  • Summits
  • Online webinars

We share information and notes from these events through our mailing list. Anyone can subscribe to our mailing list.

Peer organizations and peer support

Supporting peer organizations is a priority for us. We provide resources and assistance to existing and prospective organizations.

Advocacy for peer support is ongoing, and we work closely with the peer support team.

Advocacy and leadership

The ORP also supports many community advocacy projects, including:

  • Peer networks
  • Grassroots advocacy groups
  • Advocacy training

Promoting recovery and resilience

We provide free trainings in recovery and resilience to many organizations across the state, and to peers and peer specialists.

Trainings include:

  • Principles of recovery
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plans
  • Advocacy
  • Mental Health Advance Directives
  • Stigma reduction
  • Supportive employment and housing

ORP partners are also trainers in peer support trainings, supportive employment and housing, Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe), youth leadership, Recovery Coaching, and others.

Ombuds and individual rights

We support the behavioral health ombuds trainings, ombuds services, and the protection of individual rights.

Get involved

There are many ways to get involved with office activities.

Community events

Come join us for trainings and recovery celebrations. Share your thoughts about services in your area. 

Join a community meeting to talk about your region's behavioral health system. Find your region below to learn more about the details of the monthly meetings.

Peer Support Program

The ORP collaborate with and support Washington’s Peer Support Program. This program has trained and qualified individuals as certified peer counselors (CPC) since 2005.

CPCs work with their peers (adults and youth) and the parents of children receiving mental health services. They draw upon their experiences to help peers find hope and make progress toward recovery. Because of their own life experience, they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement, and resources to those with mental health challenges.

We currently have certification for mental health and co-occurring services and will soon add substance use disorder peer support.

To learn more about our Peer Support Program at HCA, visit the peer support page.

Peer respite and updates

Watch the webinar titled, People USA, opening and operating a peer-run, crisis respite using the Rose House model. You will need to log in with your name and email.

Portraits of Hope and Wellness in Recovery video series

The Portraits of Hope video series contains 12 videos, eight themed and four individual portraits of community members. The videos share experiences, strength, hope, and resiliency while covering topics like stigma, hope, early recovery, and wellness.