In 2021, the Recovery Advocate Network (RAN) was founded to address the staggering and alarming disparity in resource availability for individuals suffering from mental health disorders, processing disorders, substance abuse, trauma healing and sexual identity challenges. It is not just people with mental health disorders who benefit from the impact of RAN’s services, but rather, the entire community through the productive contributions of RAN’s beneficiaries.
Much of mainstream society still harbors antiquated perceptions of what exactly it means to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder or have trauma, process disorders, substance abuse or sexual identity challenges. Outdated notions create four barriers to inclusion: discomfort, stigma, pity and fear. RAN embraces ‘inclusion’ as a core value and endeavors to serve as a bridge of understanding between mainstream society and the community challenged with mental health disorders, while seeking to remove financial barriers to treatment.
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
RAN’s mission is to establish a platform to provide financial assistance for treatment to those in society suffering from mental health disorders including but not limited to trauma, grief, substance use disorders, process addictions, and freedom in sexual identity.
RAN envisions a world where individuals with mental health challenges receive comprehensive and effective treatment without the worry of financial burdens to themselves, or their families, all without the stigmas often present in society.
Until that vision becomes a reality, RAN will continue to work to identify financial alternatives for treatment and continuously educate families, community members, and employers regarding the emotional, functional, and natural needs and abilities of people with mental health challenges.
The importance of relationships that shape behavior and character
The intrinsic worth and potential for all individuals
The right of self-determination of all individuals in the pursuit of their goals
The interdependence of all aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional, physical, social, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual
The obligation to provide effective, high-quality services to individuals in need.
The importance of collaborating effectively with community partners to achieve individual and community goals
The responsibility to constantly seek new and creative approaches to effectively meet individual and community needs