Consumer Recovery through SDC 'Investment Fund' in PA

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NYAPRS Note: News and brief personal impact stories like the ones below—shared from the Magellan self-directed care project—are the reason we are so thrilled that NYS is investing in a self-direction approach for individuals with behavioral health needs. The transformative, recovery-oriented model is a path to full community inclusion and enhanced quality of life that people in our community are too-often not afforded. The NYS OMH is working in partnership with multiple stakeholders to design the optimal program, and are looking to Pennsylvania, Florida, and other states where this option has been successfully integrated into a managed service array.


Consumer Recovery Investment Fund (CRIF)/Self-directed Care (SDC)

Magellan Report to the Community; July, 2014


In Delaware County, the Consumer Recovery Investment Fund, a self-directed care project, is

helping adults with serious mental illness and a history of steady engagement in behavioral health

services find the road to recovery. With the help of a recovery coach, who is also a peer specialist,

individuals develop a person-centered, recovery-oriented care plan that includes both traditional,

in-plan services and non-traditional, out-of-plan goods and services, the latter of which are paid for

by “Freedom Funds.”


Participants are empowered to purchase the supports needed—books for college, bus passes,

or furniture for a new apartment—to move forward with their recovery plan. A long-standing

partnership with Delaware County, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania,

and Temple University, this unique program launched in 2009 and has been shared with audiences

nationally and internationally.


Participant satisfaction

Based on results to date, participants are

highly satisfied with the program, saying

they would recommend it to a friend and

felt that being involved in the program had

facilitated their recovery.

  • 100% would recommend to a friend
  • 98% said program involvement facilitated recovery


The person who knows you best

The one person who knows their illness best

is the person who has lived with it and been

successful in spite of it. CRIF brings hope.

A doctor can’t pay your bills to relieve your

stress, but CRIF Freedom Funds can. Once

the stressor is removed, life seems more

manageable, and people can focus on their


  • Camille Grubbs, Recovery Coach, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Taking control of my own recovery

If not for the CRIF-SDC program, my life

would still be lived on the sidelines. I would

never have gained the confidence and

motivation to grow in my recovery and move

past just sitting around waiting for things

to happen to me. I became more confident.

I’ve become a CPS and WRAP® facilitator.

I’ve attended national and statewide mental

health conferences. I’ve become involved

with advocacy. I’m the one in control of my

recovery, and I can take it as far as I want to.

  • Julie Schnepp, Consumer


A model of collaboration

For the past five years, I have presented…

nationally and internationally. There are

certain questions that are always asked,

including, “How can bringing together

a service provider, county government,

a [managed care] insurance company

and researchers work for the benefit of


We have become a model for inter-agency

collaboration, cross-disability mobilizing,

and how to maintain a true peer support

program that is based on self-direction within

a managed care environment.

  • Erme Maula, Program Manager, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Watch the interview here: