Promise Resource Network (PRN) was started in 2006 as Mecklenburg’s Promise to embrace all people and create opportunities for wellness, healing, and transformation for individuals dealing with emotional distress, mental health and substance use issues.
PRN was established as a consumer operated non-profit through a community collaboration of providers, consumers, advocates, and funders, working to transform the local behavioral health service delivery system. This recovery-oriented system of care was developed to eliminate the dependency and low expectations that are perpetuated by illness-based mental health and substance use systems through providing the supports, education, and opportunities that are necessary to make Recovery a reality.
2008 PRN Piloted North Carolina’s first IPS Program
IPS stands for Individual Placement and Support and is an evidence-based approach to supported employment for people with mental illness. IPS supports people in their efforts to achieve steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. This stands in contrast to other vocational rehabilitation approaches that employ people with mental illness in sheltered workshops and other set-aside jobs.
2009 Vocational Rehabilitation Employer of the Year