While there are many ways to define Recovery, the following definition was developed by and for the multiple stakeholders of Philadelphia's Behavioral Health system. Those who participated in this process included individuals and family members, providers of a wide range of services, administrators and policy makers. This definition is used as a guiding principle in the System Tranformation process.
Resilience is a protective process which enables individuals to reach good outcomes even though they have endured significant adversities. Resilience is a common phenomenon arising from ordinary human adaptation and strength. It is a dynamic process that can change across time, developmental stage, and life domain.