ROSC Change Leadership Team

Our ROSC Change Leadership Team is the starting point for Recovery Partners Montgomery.  Begun in 2010 at the request of the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (now Maryland Behavioral Health Administration) it has served as a place for strategic planning (vision) and a focus group for ideas, sharing of experience and forming outlines of what the local ROSC will encompass.  The intent is to have an organic, community-driven and universal approach to ROSC (Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care). 

The impact of substance abuse and behavioral health conditions is not limited by income or to people actively enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program funded with public dollars.  The ROSC Change Leadership Team has a philosophy that builds bridges between individuals and families, communities, employers and other social and economic supports.  

The RPM Change Leadership Team meets about 4 times per year for planning, updates and next steps related to our strategic goals:

  • strategic planning and a vision of unity in our community;

  • workforce development focused on Peer Specialist training;

  • stigma reduction through story-telling; and

  • supporting community events that enhance the mission of Recovery Partners Montgomery.

A corner-stone of planning for the future is the “Front Porch” which will be a one-stop shop – the Wellness Foundation Center.  Learn more…

Visit our Calendar of Events to learn about upcoming ROSC Change Leadership Team meetings.  We welcome anyone interested in supporting Recovery in Montgomery County.

What Is ROSC?

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) is a coordinated network of community-based support services that are person-centered and build on strengths and resilience.  The ROSC model is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fostering and developing the ROSC model has been led in Maryland by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, now part of the Behavioral Health Administration. In 2010, the ROSC model was defined by Maryland’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA) as:

“A network of formal and informal services developed and mobilized to sustain long-term recovery for individuals and families impacted by severe substance use disorders.  The system in ROSC is not a treatment agency but a macro level organization of a community, a state or a nation.”


People who are abusing or have become dependent on alcohol and/or other drugs or face mental health challenges, may need a variety of tools, in addition to treatment to support their recovery. These may include housing, employment, assistance with transportation, child care, and peer support services.  Because no two people are alike, no one approach or treatment program works for everyone.


Because addiction and mental health are chronic diseases, people need support beyond the acute care setting of programs to become able to move toward long-term recovery.

One of the goals of our ROSC Change Leadership Team is to develop a plan for our community to expand resources to support individuals and families seeking recovery.  Together we explore and address the following questions:

  • How do we adapt to expand the continuum of support services that covers the life span?
  • And how do we involve people in recovery, family members, employers and others in the community who are interested or who could support these developments?

To learn more about how Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care and recovery support services can help people with mental and/or substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully, visit www.samhsa.gov.


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