The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery enthusiastically announced that Kaposia inc. has been awarded the distinction of being an International WRAP® Center of Excellence (one of three within the USA). Kaposia promotes high quality transformational experiences through Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitation. Further, as an International WRAP Center of Excellence, Kaposia is recognized as a wellness-oriented environment that has demonstrated programs based on WRAP facilitation and its core values and ethics.

Mental Health is Everyone’s Business

Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem.The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO’s definition of health as contained in its constitution: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
Over the course of their lives, one in four workers will have a diagnosable mental health condition. Any one of us can be susceptible due to genetics, trauma, or chronic or extreme stress. While these factors increase risk, it is also true that in absence of these factors, a person could still become ill. Mental health illness is a leading cause of disability in the United States for people between the ages of 15 and 44. Depression is the most common mental health condition in the United States; nearly one in five Americans experiences depression each year. Untreated mental health conditions can lead to serious personal and societal consequences, including an increased need for medical care and rehabilitation treatment, income instability, greater reliance on social safety net programs, and suicide.
Work is at the very core of contemporary life for most people, providing financial security, personal identity, and an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to community life. The workplace is one of the key environments that affect our mental well-being and health. There is an acknowledgement and growing awareness of the role of work in promoting or hindering mental wellness and its corollary – mental illness. Although it is difficult to quantify the impact of work alone on personal identity, self-esteem and social recognition, most mental health professionals agree that the workplace environment can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental well-being.

What Works?

We know that people need the right resources and support to get and stay well. Those right resources–evidenced based practices–are the tools, training, resources and systems which support all who commit to the journey toward mental health wellness and recovery.

Evidence Based Practice is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician’s accumulated experience, education and clinical skills. The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best research evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology.Evidence based practices used by Kaposia include:

  1. WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

WRAP for people with developmental distinctions
WRAP for Adults with mental health challenges
WRAP for Youth
WRAP for Veterans and Military Family Members

  1. Peer Support (peer support specialist training and certification)
  2. Agency Transformational Training-person centered care with emphasis on strength based continuum of care with wrap around supports and services
  3. Warm Lines—peer to peer telephone support, non-crisis daily support

The Mental Health Employment Services division of Kaposia provides non-medical trauma informed care, technical assistance, evidence based training, education and consultation to individuals, systems and programs that seek to implement these approaches to service delivery.

No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues.

Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.

Training, Services and Support

WRAP® – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)® is an evidence-based practice designed to help individuals set their own recovery and wellness goals and create a plan outlining their tools and resources for achieving those goals.

WRAP® provides the opportunity for participants to explore their own personal recovery goals and develop strategies to:

  • Promote higher levels of wellness
  • Decrease traumatic life events caused by severe symptoms
  • Decrease the need for costly, invasive therapies
  • Encourage participants’ hopes and their active efforts to be well
  • Promote a greater sense of empowerment and personal responsibility

Participants begin by developing a wellness toolbox and exploring the key recovery concepts.

SELF ADVOCACY: It is important for all of us to be able to identify and articulate our needs. Self-advocacy does not always mean getting what we want, but expressing our needs is empowering.

HOPE: Because of their challenges, many people have internalized messages of hopelessness. WRAP® promotes a vision of hope that upholds each person’s recovery and dreams without limits.

EDUCATION: All participants and facilitators understand that we are continually learning about ourselves, our goals, and the skills we need to achieve those goals.

SUPPORT: Once individuals identify what we need, we can choose where and how to build our support system.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Ultimately we are all responsible for our own lives. Personal responsibility explores the many ways we learn how to take responsibility for ourselves and our decisions.

As part of WRAP®, participants create their “Wellness toolbox.” Wellness tools are the things that help us to maintain our wellness. Participants identify their individual wellness tools and decide how they can be used in each of the 6 sections of WRAP®.

Sections of WRAP®

  1. Daily maintenance plan
  2. Triggers that cause symptoms
  3. Early warning signs
  4. When things are breaking down
  5. Crisis Plan
  6. Post-Crisis Plan

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is WRAP® treatment?

WRAP® is meant to complement, not replace, any other “treatment” that individuals may choose to utilize. It is a non-clinical, individual system.

Who should use WRAP®?

The plan can be used by anyone who wants to increase understanding of their own health, and create a process to achieve wellness.

Does WRAP® help people with psychiatric diagnoses recover?

ABSOLUTELY! WRAP® is a tool that can help all people enhance the quality of their lives.

Peer-to-Peer Support
  • Warm Lines
    • Call a Warm Line
    • Be a Warm Line Operator
  • Text for Life
  • WRAP Peers Advocating, Listening and Supporting (PALS)
    • Join PALS for others
    • Find PALS for yoursels
  • Peer Support Training
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist has self-identified as a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder of mental illness and substance abuse, and who has successfully navigated the service system to access the treatment and resources necessary to build personal recovery and success with his or her life goals. This individual undergoes training on how to assist other persons with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders in fostering their own wellness, based on the principles of self-directed recovery. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment found in self-directed recovery and assists others who are diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders to achieve control over their own recovery process.

Employment Services
  • Discovering Your Personal Genius
  • Individual Placement and Support
Agency Transformation
  • Transformational Training
  • Technical Assistance