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Who We Are

We embrace the once-radical ideas of care that is about the immense promise of recovery, and that the world of mental health care must change.

The change we seek begins with standing by those who need us, seeing hope where others see despair. It takes daring to speak up when systems fail us. It can thrive only when research is unbiased, dialogue is open and healing is an often-achieved goal. It takes respect, compassion and the sure knowledge that recovery is more than a possibility: It is what we expect.

Why we hold these beliefs

The more you know about how we treat those with mental health issues, the more dismayed you become. And yet, all around us we see dedicated doctors, counselors and clinicians. We see families who have given their all, community leaders who worry and work. We see a generation striving to do what’s right, to transform their shared sense of concern into effective action that changes the lives of those needing mental health care. We can do so much better, especially now. Together, we can change the way mental health care is delivered.

Hope is in sight. Promising new methods infuse treatments with a much higher expectation of recovery – by relying less on medication and more on engaging families and communities. Recovery-focused methods – which are becoming mainstream –

  • bring hope to individuals and their families.
  • give psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians better tools.
  • give people better outcomes.
  • address a wide range of society’s challenges, save a great deal of public money and prevent unnecessary human suffering.

It’s important to get the word out, share success stories and tell those who make public policy that there are viable alternatives – pathways to hope and recovery.

We need to act. Excellence has developed a model for action. We identify the most promising researchers and programs, then serve as a financial connection to donors wishing to support them. By matching donors with innovative initiatives, publishing research results and supporting communities of recovery-focused care, we will transform the mainstream in mental health care into one founded on the expectation of recovery.


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Excellence Partners

  • Early Assessment & Support Alliance
  • Dialogic Practice
  • CommonGround – PDA
  • CrazyWise Film
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Flawless Foundation
  • WRAP
  • Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy
  • National Empowerment Center
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
  • Inspired at Work
  • Emotional CPR
  • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • ISPS – US Chapter
  • ProPublica
  • International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
  • Madness Radio
  • Integrative Mental Health University
  • Non-Profit Association of Oregon
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Practice Recovery
  • Psych Rights
  • Recovery Learning Community of Western Massachusetts
  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • Stand Up For Mental Health
  • Epower and Associates
  • MI Watch