About Knutepunkt for Recovery


“Knutepunkt for Recovery” [Recovery hub] is based on a clear user perspective, strengthens user voices at all levels and contributes to good recovery-based services in municipalities and Health Trusts. The Recovery hub should prevent psychosocial problems and provide people with mental health and substance abuse issues the opportunity for recovery and worthy life circumstances.

Working with recovery, lived experience becomes competence. The hub is built on the power of users and relatives’ experiences and knowledge of what contributes to improvement and good quality of life. The user’s experience and knowledge form the basis for the development of methods and tools, courses, service development, research, education and guidance.

Regionally, the hub represents physical places. Nationally, the hub forms a network.

The project is a joint project between the Regional Peer-driven Centers in Norway; Bikuben, Vårres, KBT, Sagatun and Rom-Agder. In 2018, a new Regional Peer-Driven Center called Vestavind was established. The new center is in its start-up phase, but is part of the Recovery hub project.

The centers have applied for and received funding from the Norwegian Directorate of Health in order to carry out the project. The project started in May 2017 and will be scheduled for 2018. At the end of the project, a report will be handed to the Norwegian Directorate of Health, describing the content of the hubs, what tasks and responsibilities they should have, and which functions and tasks they will cover on a regional level. There will also be put out a proposition for a superstructure on a national level, in shape of a structured cooperative model. Collaboration and delimitation towards other parties working with recovery will also be described.



The project “Knutepunkt for Recovery” is actuated to further develop the Regional Peer-driven Centers in order to maintain the function as a regional recovery hub. The project will strengthen the teamwork between the centers, systematize knowledge and experiences, and define how the knowledge and experiences from each center can be used in a collaborative recovery-oriented practice.

  • Participation and social inclusion for everyone
  • Good quality of life and worthy life circumstances for people with psychosocial challenges
  • Increased knowledge, skills and competence about recovery on all levels
  • Good recovery processes for users, efficient services and better resource exploitation



  • Building knowledge about recovery from a user perspective
  • Contribute to empower people through active participation with others
  • Strengthening users’ voices and making sure their experiences are seen as valid competence
  • Promoting recovery-oriented knowledge and practices from a user perspective in research, education and in designing healthcare services
  • Promoting human rights and social participation
  • Being a resource and competence base for recovery, assisting and cooperating with user organizations, educational establishments, competence environments, municipalities and Health Trusts



  • Developing and applying methods and tools which empower individuals and groups
  • Giving people the opportunity to participate in activities, work and society
  • Collecting, documenting and disseminating knowledge from users and their relatives, and use it as a basis for recovery-based practices
  • Building and participating in networks which promote the user perspective, strengthening user environments and building bridges between profession and experience
  • Inform and promote knowledge about human rights and patient rights
  • Making peoples’ resources visible and work against stigma and exclusion


Added value

  • Hope and possibilities for activity, work and development of a positive identity for people with psychosocial challenges
  • New knowledge about how psychosocial health challenges can be prevented and managed
  • Good resource exploitation and better service quality for users and patients
  • Better public health, increased participation and worthy circumstances of life for vulnerable groups in society