Recovery Education and Creative Healing (REACH)

pastel art drawing

The VOCAL REACH Program offers opportunities to individual peers for education, training, and empowerment. It currently provides Wellness to Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Facilitator training, continuing education opportunities for the Peer Recovery Specialist profession, and promotes the concepts of recovery and wellness throughout the state.

Generally: REACH promotes self-discovery and self-appreciation through improving life skills, and investing in personal recovery.

View our page What is recovery? to learn more about how Virginians have defined recovery.

For more information about the programs and services below, contact Program Director Megan Sharkey at or call 804-343-1777.


  • WRAP® Facilitator Training and Facilitator Refresher courses.
  • Virginia Peer Recovery Specialist Training.
  • Continuing Education Programs for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.
  • Follow-up support for WRAP® Facilitators, including a database of facilitators with current contact information.
  • Research and trainings on many recovery-oriented curriculum, including how to incorporate the creative arts.
  • Travel to present workshops on recovery topics at conferences, seminars, board meetings, and clubhouses.
  • Presentations, and trainings to providers in an effort to work toward a recovery-oriented system of care.
  • Consultation on implementing recovery-based principles in your organization.
  • Publicizing of recovery education programs and classes offered by other peer groups.


Costs varies with programs (scholarship support is sometimes available).

Recovery Facilitator Trainings

We have trained over 130 recovery facilitators from all over the Commonwealth who are now leading recovery groups in their communities. We use a curriculum called WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, as a wellness practice that encourages self determination and self advocacy.

Recovery Outreach Services

The REACH Program Director is available to travel and present on recovery topics and wellness tools.

Creating a Recovery-Based Mental Health System

REACH is an important part of Virginia’s mental health care system, a system based on endless possibilities for recovery. We foster cooperation and understanding between service providers and people who use mental health services. Wellness management is a vital piece of the recovery picture for individuals with mental illness. It is crucial that providers understand and support these principles because a system of care that supports recovery can only happen when there is a partnership between service providers and people who use services. We are available to consult on implementing recovery-based principles in your organization.