Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
BPC



Shared Vision

Dedicated to partnerships in hope and recovery, members of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center community see a

future in which those we serve recover and are indistinguishable from anyone else in the community.

We see this happening because:

bullet everyone associated with BPC, both recipients and staff, comes to believe fully that people can and do recover from even themost serious of mental illness; and
bullet the BPC community creates an environment in which the hope of recovery is sustained.

We see this happening because:

bullet everyone—recipients and staff—learns to plan and work together around an individual’s needs and wants, using a person-centered planning approach; and
bullet each person is empowered to create a self-directed vision of their recovery from their first day of service; and
bullet staff behavior and practices are guided by their wholehearted belief in recovery and by their focusing on each person’s capacities.

We see this happening because:

bullet BPC becomes a true partner to individuals in our community with a mental illness; respectfully listens to them and to their families; learns from them what they most need, want and value; and finds a way to assist them in obtaining those needs and wants and maintaining their values; and
bullet BPC relies even more on the voice of the peer community to inform us when we consider and make organizational changes; and
bullet BPC ensures that recipients know of BPC and community-based self-help opportunities.

We see this happening because:

bullet BPC learns to really listen to and deeply value its staff who have so much to say about how we can best support each person in their recovery; and
bullet BPC implements what it learns from its staff; and
bullet BPC’s leadership recognizes and appreciates that each staff member wants to perform his or her job at the highest level and provides staff with the tools and support to sustain their maximum effort and to excel.

We see this happening because:

bullet BPC works diligently to strengthen its role as a partner provider with the local mental health systems and encourages and supports local efforts to establish a recovery orientation for all services; and
bullet BPC comes to tirelessly help the community to eliminate stigma and its crippling effect on the recovery process for individuals.

We see this happening because:

bullet BPC comes to be widely recognized as having strong expertise in recovery-oriented services and shares that expertise with the community; and

bullet recipients and staff become actively involved in teaching students in area professional schools about recovery.

We see this happening because:

bullet BPC ensures that services are appropriate and easily available and that movement between all services is smooth and easy; and
bullet we make certain that communication between all programs is open and effective and that staff understand the direct relationship between integrated services and recovery.

We see this happening because:

bullet Members of the BPC community make real our Guiding Principle that “We believe that people belong in the community,” and as a result of our belief:
bullet BPC ensures that those receiving inpatient services resume their lives in the community when ready and works with the community to increase the community’s capacity and readiness to accept people back into the community; and
bullet BPC makes necessary rehabilitation programs available during and after an inpatient stay; and
bullet BPC develops, in concert with community providers, individualized supports necessary for people recovering from a mental illness to live successfully in the community.