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RI International Today

After taking the helm as acting executive in October, 2014, David Covington was named CEO and President of Recovery Innovations in January of 2015. Since then, David and the executive team have renamed and rebranded the company to RI International to emphasize its international footprint, having trained more than 9000 peers across the globe, and provided speaking and consulting services in more than 38 countries.  In addition, the RI team has reorganized business operations and transitioned the company (following an enterprise-wide organizational assessment) from regionally-driven programs to specialized and targeted business lines crafted to hit the bull’s-eye of its customers needs. RI International’s key business lines include; crisis, recovery, health and consulting. By 2017, RI International has added four more crisis facilitates to its existing array, and increased revenue from $45 to $75 million.

The Early Years

RI International was launched in 1990 as META Services, delivering crisis services in the East Valley. Eventually, META Services took responsibility for the Urgent Psychiatric Units in central Phoenix and the West Valley, as well as crisis mobile services under the new RBHA system and ComCare. However, by the end of its first decade, this traditional behavioral healthcare company shifted its focus to a new paradigm, becoming a recovery organization

Recovery was a landmark term when RI began employing hundreds of peers in the early 2000s. RI created opportunities and environments that empowered people to recover; built crisis facilities known for recovery, opportunity, welcoming environments, and No Force First, and generated meaningful jobs for peer support specialists. Fran Silvestri (CEO of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership) referred to these changes as some of the most significant contributions to the field in thirty years.

From META Services to Recovery Innovations

In 2006, the company changed its name to Recovery Innovations, Inc. Education and training became a central focus for RI. Along with Optum, RI co-created a Recovery Response Center and other key peer services in Pierce County that have become a model for integrated and recovery-oriented systems. RI’s crisis stabilization programs became known as Recovery Response Centers, using a peer-driven recovery model and offering welcoming, non-threatening spaces referred to as Living Rooms and Retreats.

RI International: Looking to the Future

Our vision is to activate the next generation of frame-breaking healthcare innovation to support people going beyond their behavioral health needs to succeed in the community where they live, work, and play. We’re dedicated to deep change and making a difference in the lives of all those we serve. In addition we are championing three clinical initiatives; suicide prevention through Zero Suicide’s healthcare training, Crisis Now, helping regions and states elevate their crisis services and Peer 2.0, which seeks to move from anecdotal reports regarding steps to recovery  to a proven framework grounded in research and outcomes. With our employees around the world and our Board of Directors, we will partner with our funders.  as we continue our efforts to make our vision of recovery and community inclusion a reality.

In January of 2015, David Covington was named CEO and President of Recovery Innovations, now RI International. Since taking the helm as Acting Executive in October, 2014, he has reorganized business operations and transitioned the company (following an enterprise-wide organizational assessment) from regionally-driven programs to specialized and targeted business lines crafted to hit the bull’s-eye of its customers’ needs. RI International’s key business lines include; advanced crisis, transition management, integrated outpatient and peer supports and consulting and training services.

Today RI International projects revenues of $75 million (in 2015) with recovery programs in five states (Arizona, California, Delaware, North Carolina, and Washington) and Auckland, New Zealand

 

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