The Wedge Recovery Centers has fully embraced the transformation of the Department of Mental Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to a model founded on the principles of recovery, resilience and self-determination.


Recovery is the process of pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life regardless of the difficulties one has faced. It involves not only the restoration but continued enhancement of a positive identity and personally meaningful connections and roles in one’s community.

Recovery is facilitated by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices and opportunities that promote people reaching their full potential as individuals and community members.

The recovery values and principles are: alternate text

  1. Hope
  2. Choice
  3. Partnership
  4. Spirituality
  5. Family
  6. Leadership
  7. Self-direction
  8. Peer Culture/Peer Support
  9. Leadership of People in Recovery
  10. Integration/Opportunities
  11. Holistic and Wellness Approach


Resilience is one’s ability to bounce-back after facing great challenges. Resilience is the belief that through internal strengths and appropriate support people are resilient despite the challenges, traumas and discrimination experienced. The treatment team provides a significant support to the members served at the Wedge. Through the recovery model, we encourage the use of family and community to increase the member’s support system and promote their resilience to triumph over adversity.

Self Determination

From the start of treatment the person in recovery is asked for their goals for treatment. Recovery planning should be a joint effort between a member and the treatment team. The plan for treatment is a collaborative effort where the person shares their goals for their own recovery with the support of the team. Even when treatment may not be voluntary, the treatment team encourages the participation of the person in creating their path towards recovery.

DBH Practice Guildelines

The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) Practice Guidelines is a systems-wide transformation in approach to service provision. The Practice Guidelines align concepts, practice and content in order to advance the entire behavioral health system’s core values. This is achieved by changing how we think, operate and support each other by promoting resilience, recovery and wellness. The constitution of the Practice Guidelines is not merely implanted in the work of the behavioral health agencies, but is a collaboration between all levels—from regulatory bodies to service recipients.