The Missouri Recovery Network (MRN) was established in August, 1999. The initial funds for MRN were provided by a three year DHSS SAMHSA grant. When the grant was written, those in recovery from a substance use disorder had limited involvement in helping shape practices, policies and opportunities for those in recovery and seeking recovery. It became known that the recovery community had much knowledge and insight to share based on their lived experiences and that their contribution could and would positively affect and shape the mental health service delivery system. It was proposed in the original grant that funds would be used to establish a statewide recovery advocacy organization which would become involved in training and educating people in recovery about the mental health/behavioral health care system, the process of policy and systems change, and advocacy.