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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Psychiatric Services, Volume 58, Issue 8, August 2007, Pages 1119-1123.

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OBJECTIVE: Recovery has emerged over the past decade as a dominant theme in public mental health care.

METHODS: The 2006 Pennsylvania Consensus Conference brought together 24 community psychiatrists to explore the barriers they experienced in promoting recovery and their recommendations for change.

RESULTS: Twelve barriers were identified and classified into one of three categories: psychiatry knowledge, roles, and training; the need to transform public mental health systems and services; and environmental barriers to opportunity. Participants made 22 recommendations to address these barriers through changes in policies, programs, and psychiatric knowledge and practice.

CONCLUSIONS: The recommendations identify areas for change that can be accomplished through individual psychiatrist action and organized group efforts.

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