About PRA

As the nonprofit organization focused on growing and training the recovery workforce, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA), is the preeminent association for the development, support, and dissemination of information about the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.

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Founded In 1975, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA), formerly the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA), and its members developed and defined the practice of psychosocial/ psychiatric rehabilitation, establishing these services as integral to community-based treatment and leading the recovery movement.

PRA is the premier source of learning, knowledge and research for the psychiatric rehabilitation profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the recovery workforce. PRA represents more than 1,300 individual and organizational members, representing 8,000 psychiatric rehabilitation professionals.

Our Mission

Advocate for ethical and effective resiliency, wellness and recovery oriented services and supports.

Improve the qualifications of our workforce through the highest standards of certification and professional education to ensure that children and adults with behavioral health concerns thrive in their roles and communities as full citizens..

Our Vision

PRA envisions a world where children and adults living with behavioral health conditions thrive and find purpose and meaning in their chosen communities.

Our Guiding Principle

PRA believes that the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation leads to recovery, and thus is committed to the growth of psychiatric rehabilitation in both quantity and quality, and to the universal availability of state-of-the-art psychiatric rehabilitation services for all individuals with mental illness who seek such services.

Defining Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Psychiatric rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration, and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are collaborative, person-directed and individualized. These services are an essential element of the health care and human services spectrum, and should be evidence-based. They focus on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning, and social environments of their choice.