Mary Ellen Copeland created Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ (WRAP) after extensive research was conducted with people who experienced mental health difficulties, their struggle to stay well, and the strategies they implemented in their life that enhanced recovery.  Wellness Recovery Action Planning ™ (WRAP) is an individualized, person-centered, self-directed, recovery tool that heightens personal awareness and encourages the development of healthy strategies for managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ (WRAP) is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing symptoms that can help reduce, modify or eliminate those symptoms by using planned responses.  It also includes plans for managing crisis.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ WRAP as an Evidence Based Practice

According to Dr. Judith Cook, studies show that self-management –or a person’s determination to get better, manage the illness, take action, face problems, and make choices — facilitates recovery from mental illnesses (Allott et al., 2002).  Self-managed care strategies are as varied as people themselves.

Using the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence Rating Guidelines (1992), the research evidence base for WRAP is at Level IIb.  That is, there is evidence from one or more non-controlled, well-designed quasi-experimental studies that the intervention leads to behavioral or attitudinal change.

Montana’s Peer Network sponsors many WRAP activities around Montana, including WRAP workshops, Facilitator Training’s, Refresher workshops, telephonic support groups and mentoring. We also can provide presentations and information about Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Please contact our office at 406-551-1058 or email for inquiries.

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