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Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Major Activities

Learn more about BRSS TACS funding opportunities, events, and other activities.

BRSS TACS Funding Opportunities

Each year, BRSS TACS issues subcontracts, on a competitive basis, to peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations, states, territories, and tribes to support efforts to promote recovery and improve collaboration across stakeholders.

2015 Peer Health Reform Education Efforts

The overall purpose of the subcontracts is to increase awareness and knowledge of health reform among Peer-Run Organizations/Recovery Community Organizations (PRO/RCOs) and individuals with substance use disorders and mental health conditions. Subcontractors will establish and/or engage with existing networks of PRO/RCOs within their state, district, territory or tribal jurisdictions to carry out one of the following three types of activities:

  • Create and disseminate educational materials on health reform initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This includes information on the state, territorial, or tribal jurisdiction’s state health insurance marketplace and, where applicable, expanded Medicaid program.
  • Document and gather information on outreach, eligibility determination, and enrollment strategies that were effective during the first (October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014) and second (November 15, 2014–February 15, 2015) open enrollment periods for the state health insurance marketplaces. In states or territories that have expanded Medicaid eligibility, information will also be shared regarding outreach and enrollment services for the year-round rolling enrollment for Medicaid programs.
  • Document and gather information on strategies to assist individuals with behavioral health conditions maintain coverage and access care using the coverage obtained either through the health insurance marketplaces or Medicaid programs. This assistance includes ensuring that individuals take the requisite steps to keep or change their plans and avoid a phenomenon called ‘churn,’ which is an administrative disenrollment from insurance coverage caused by a number of issues, including failures to complete paperwork, housing instability, and/or income volatility. Preventing churn is especially important for individuals with behavioral health disorders, as they may experience situations of inconsistent coverage at higher rates than the general population. Subcontractor organizations will also gather and document effective strategies to assist people with behavioral health needs with accessing and maintaining appropriate care. Information about effective strategies to obtain and maintain coverage and care will be included in training and other informational materials provided to PRO/RCOs and partner organizations.

These activities support SAMHSA’s efforts to bring recovery-oriented policies, practices, and infrastructure developments to scale within the context of health reform.

The submission period for this funding opportunity is currently closed. Learn more about the selected organizations.

2015 PRO/RCO Projects to Promote Best and Emerging Practices in Peer Services

The overall purpose of the subcontracts is to promote and support capacity building, implementation and training opportunities for best and emerging practices among PRO/RCOs and individuals with substance use disorders and mental health conditions. Subcontractors will work within their state, district, territory or tribal jurisdictions to carry out one of the following three types of activities:

  • Promoting the use of best or emerging practices for peer-delivered recovery supports by developing informational materials that educate peer providers (e.g., peer specialists, peer recovery coaches, peer and parent support providers, promoters, and peer youth workers) and traditional service providers (e.g., the staff of programs that are not peer-run, clinically trained mental health and substance use treatment providers, and others).
  • Providing virtual training and educational activities for peer providers and/or traditional service providers on best or emerging practices for peer-delivered recovery supports.
  • Planning and developing capacity and/or infrastructure to establish new peer-delivered recovery supports.

These activities support SAMHSA’s efforts to bring recovery-oriented policies, practices, and infrastructure developments to scale.

The submission period for this funding opportunity is currently closed. Learn more about the selected organizations.

2015 BRSS TACS Policy Academy

The 2015 Policy Academy is focused on promoting Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. The Policy Academy will assist States, Territories, and Tribal governments to build their capacity by bringing together stakeholders and change agents from different backgrounds and agencies to build communication, remove barriers, and develop Action Plans. Action Plans will promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities by enhancing the integration of services to address the needs of individuals in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. Teams are asked to focus on one of five domains. The domains are pathways to developing the infrastructure and capacity necessary for recovery oriented systems of care and operationalizing the goal of Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness.

  • Domain 1: Recovery-Based Principles, Policies, and Procedures
  • Domain 2: Financing Strategies and Sustainability
  • Domain 3: Workforce Development, Training, and Certification
  • Domain 4: Communication and Information Technology
  • Domain 5: Research, Outcomes, and Quality Assurance

The submission period for this opportunity is currently closed. Learn more about the selected teams for the 2015 BRSS TACS Policy Academy.

Expert Panels

BRSS TACS Expert Panels seek to highlight key areas of interest in the effort to promote recovery supports in States, Territories, and Tribes. Expert panels bring together content leaders, researchers, service providers and administrators, families, and people in recovery to share knowledge, point to gaps in understanding, and develop recommendations for future activities.

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National Symposium

Through the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organized the National Leadership Summit on Youth Recovery as part of SAMHSA’s commitment to engaging young people in developing policies and practices that promote recovery for youth and young adults. A total of 106 participants from across the United States, which included 86 youth and young adult leaders from prevention, substance use disorder recovery, and mental health recovery. Additional participants included government officials, leaders in the recovery movement, and family advocates. The Summit included innovative methods to engage the participants, including an Innovations Expo, questions on the wall to elicit discussion, and the use of a live Twitter feed with the #youthrecover hashtag. The use of social media allowed participants to stay engaged in multiple ways throughout the Summit. Over the course of the 2-day summit, there were approximately 900 tweets by 169 contributors using the #youthrecover hashtag; these tweets reached an estimated 128,111 unique Twitter accounts/users with over 1,000,000 impressions. View the report from the National Leadership Summit on Youth Recovery (PDF | 15.5 MB), held August 5-6, 2013 in Bethesda MD.

Shared Decision-Making Tools

Through the BRSS TACS project, SAMHSA is creating shared decision making (SDM) tools. Shared decision making tools are an emerging best practice in behavioral and physical health. Shared decision making (SDM) helps people have informed, meaningful, and collaborative discussions with providers about their treatment and services. It involves decision support tools and resources that provide objective information and opportunities to weigh that information against personal preferences and values. These tools help empower people with information, encourage active participation in decision-making about treatment, and support dialogue between service providers and those they serve.

To see another SAMHSA shared decision-making tool, visit: Considering the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in your Recovery Plan.

Technical Assistance to Mental Health Transformation Grantees

BRSS TACS provides technical assistance to the 20 SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation grantees on strategies for engaging meaningful consumer involvement in grant activities. Since 2012 BRSS TACS has facilitated a yearly Consumer Leadership Forum for a diverse group of consumer leaders from each of the grants. During the forum, consumer leaders, BRSS TACS partners, and content experts share their knowledge and experiences so that participants can adopt and apply consumer-driven, recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices in their communities. In addition, BRSS TACS has developed monthly virtual peer learning calls to further develop grantees’ skills and networks.

The Mental Health Transformation Grant Projects will conclude in September 2015.

Resources and Tools

Resources, including webinars, online learning tools, and a Recovery Resource Library, are updated frequently. Find resources on the Resources and Tools page or in the Recovery Resource Library at the SAMHSA Store.

Last Updated: 07/13/2015