Wellness Resources

Resources and Tools Related to Wellness Programs

Educating clients with co-occurring mental health and physical health diagnoses can empower them to develop skills to make informed decisions about their health care. This list of resources and tools was compiled by Anthony "Tony" Salerno, PhD, of the National Council for Behavioral Health.

SAMHSA recognized and freely disseminated curriculum-based program designed to assist adults with serious mental health problems to manage psychiatric symptoms, substance use, and physical health problems in a way that supports recovery.


A New York State Office of Mental Health resource that builds on the Illness Management and Recovery practice by organizing the material in a workbook that emphasizes mental and physical health self-management and  is designed to align with the principles and practices and adult education and recovery values of choice, involvement, and self-direction. Freely available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese through the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, NYS Psychiatric Institute.


A New York State Office of Mental Health resource that builds on the Wellness Self-Management curriculum-based program to include an integration of mental health, substance use, and physical health topics. Freely available in English only  through the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, NYS Psychiatric Institute.  


Team Solutions focuses on mental health and wellness and provides 10 mini-workbooks focusing on such topics as partnering with your treatment team, understanding your illness, understanding your treatment, and managing crises. Solutions for Wellness focuses on physical health and wellness and guides patients to make informed healthy lifestyle decisions.  Its two workbooks focus on healthy lifestyle choices related to nutrition, exercise, and stress management.  Furthermore, Solutions for Wellness has been designed as a self-directed online program that assists individuals to improve physical health in ways that support mental health. These materials include practitioner guides and informational handouts that address mental health and physical health issues.


WRAP plans help individuals diagnosed with mental illness take an active role in maintaining personal mental health wellness. Goals include decreasing /preventing symptoms, increasing personal empowerment, improving quality of life, and helping the individual to achieve personal goals. Typically, the individual works with trained peers to develop a detailed wellness plan. Elements of the plan include maintaining daily wellness, identifying and dealing with triggers, identifying and dealing with early warning signs, identifying when things are breaking down and what to do, and developing detailed crisis plans. WRAP is a proprietary product.

A training program and peer support group model developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions to encourage increased resiliency, wellness, and self-management of health and behavioral health among people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new guidance on same day billing in Medicare. The guidance strengthens support for integrated primary and behavioral healthcare because Medicare Part B pays for reasonable and necessary integrated health care services when they are furnished on the same day, to the same patient, by the same professional or a different professional.