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

Learn more about BRSS TACS resources, tools, and events.

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.

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: 12/01/2016