Adult Mental Health – Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)

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What is IMR?

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is an evidence-based psychiatric rehabilitation practice. IMR is a step-by- step approach that assists people to set meaningful goals for themselves, make informed decisions about their treatment, acquire information and skills to develop greater mastery over the symptoms of their psychiatric illness, and make progress toward their own personal recovery.

What services are available?

As an evidence-base practice, IMR is incorporated into the foundation of principles and practices central to a recovery-oriented, person-centered system of community mental health services. These approaches are found Minnesota’s recognized community mental health organizations delivering Rehabilitation Option Services.

Who is eligible for this service?

This approach is at the foundation of Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), and Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS). In Minnesota, community hospitals have engaged in learning and implementing IMR, too.

Current Providers

ARMHS, ACT, and IRTS Providers.


There is no reimbursement for IMR as this is an incorporated set of practices associated with ARMHS, ACT, and IRTS.

Reporting Requirements

None at this time.

How can I get more information?

IMR Policy Lead, 651-431-2225

Additional Resources

Implementation Resource Kit

A. IMR Implementation Resource Kit

a. SAMHSA Practitioner Guidelines and Handouts (PDF) 361 pages

b. Link to Center for Mental Health Services Toolkit on Illness Management and Recovery

B. English Version of Practitioners’ Guidelines for Enhanced IMR for Co-Occurring Disorders *NEW January 2014

a. Introduction

b. Chapter 1

c. Chapter 2

d. Chapter 3

e. Chapter 4

f. Chapter 5

g. Chapter 6

h. Chapter 7

i. Chapter 8

j. Chapter 9

k. Chapter 10

l. Chapter 11

m. Integrated Relapse Prevention Plan for Co-Occurring Disorders

C. Spanish Version of Practitioners’ Guidelines

a. Informacion Educativo #1: Estrategias De Recuperacion

b. Informacion Educativo #2a: Informacion Practica Sobre La Esquizofrenia

c. Informacion Educativo #3: El Modelo De La Vulnerabilidad Y Estrategias De Tratamiento

d. Informacion Educativo #4: Desarrollando Un Sistema De Apoyo

e. Informacion Educativo #5: Tomando Su Medicina Eficazmente

f. Informacion Educativo #6: Reduciendo Recaidas

g. Informacion Educativo: #7

h. Informacion Educativo: #8 Enfrentandose A Los Problemas Y A Los Síntomas

i. Informacion Educativo: #9 Consiguiendo Que Sus Necesidades Sean Satisfechas En El Sistema De Salud Mental

j. Informacion Educativo: 10 El Uso De Drogas Y Alcohol

k. Apendice 1 Pagina De Orientacion: Programa Para El Manejo De La Enfermedad Y Recuperacion

l. Apéndice 2 Un Inventatrio Personal Sobre Los Conocimientos Y Técnicas Del Manejo/ Recuperación De Las Enfermedades Siquiatricas

m. Manejo De Enfermedad Y Recuperacion

D. Translated IMR Implementation Resource Kit

a. Practitioners & Clinical Supervisors Workbook- Part III – Educational Handouts (PDF) Hmong Translation

b. Practitioners & Clinical Supervisors Workbook- Part III – Educational Handouts (PDF) Laotian Translation

c. Practitioners & Clinical Supervisors Workbook- Part III – Educational Handouts (PDF) Somali Translation

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