SAMHSA has established a working definition of recovery that defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations.

The utilization of certified peer support specialists are being encouraged throughout Wisconsin. A certified peer specialist is  a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder but also has had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health and/or substance use disorder supports.  They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness and/or substance use disorder.

The state of Wisconsin is also looking to advance the new Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). A ROSC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.The central focus of a ROSC is to create an infrastructure or system of care‛ with the resources to effectively address the full range of substance use problems within communities. The specialty substance use disorder field provides the full continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment, continuing care and recovery) in partnership with other disciplines, such as mental health and primary care, in a ROSC. A ROSC encompasses a menu of individualized, person-centered, and strength-based services within a self-defined network. A fundamental value of a ROSC is the involvement of people in recovery, their families, and the community to continually improve access to and quality of services.