From Management to Recovery: Emerging Approaches to Serious Mental Illness


Mental health recovery is a journey of transformation that enables those who struggle with mental illness to live a meaningful life in a community of choice while striving to achieve their potential. During this RAND Policy Circle event, the panelists addressed issues related to recovery from serious mental illness, paying particular attention to the critical role of peer support, the rights and responsibilities of people with serious mental illness to make their own choices, and the unique possibilities offered by involvement in the arts.

A special performance by acclaimed musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers preceded the panel discussion. Ayers is the subject of Steve Lopez's book The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music and of the 2009 film The Soloist.

Featured Speakers

Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times

Ted Sapp Executive Director, The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation for the Artistically Gifted Mentally Ill

Ron Schraiber Director, Client Peer Relations, Program Support Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Alexander S. Young, M.D. Director, Health Services Unit, Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network; Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation

Paul Koegel, moderator Associate Director, RAND Health