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

BRSS TACS offers resources and opportunities to a wide audience, including, states, territories, tribes, direct service providers, advocates, families, and people in recovery. Learn more about BRSS TACS funding opportunities, events, and other activities here.

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.

Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Projects to Promote Best and Emerging Practices

The overall purpose of these awards is to promote and support capacity building, implementation, and training opportunities for best and emerging practices among peer-run organizations/recovery-community organizations (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
  • Providing virtual training and educational activities
  • Planning and developing capacity and/or infrastructure to establish new peer-delivered recovery supports

BRSS TACS will award $40,000 each for up to 8 organizations.

Capabilities statements must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 2, 2015. Access the Request for Capabilities Statements.

Questions about the 2015 Projects to Promote Best and Emerging Practices in Peer Services may be directed to the Center for Social Innovation. Please send your questions to Rebecca Stouff by email , or by phone at 617-467-6014, ext. 252.

2015 Peer Health Reform Efforts

The BRSS TACS Peer Health Reform Education subcontracts will enable Peer-Run Organizations/Recovery Community Organizations (PRO/RCOs) in states, the District of Columbia, territories, and tribal jurisdictions to carry out one of the following three types of activities:

  • Create and disseminate educational materials specific to PRO/RCOs on health reform initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010
  • Document, gather and circulate information on outreach, eligibility determination, and enrollment strategies to assist individuals with behavioral health conditions navigate the state health insurance marketplaces or expanded Medicaid programs
  • Document, gather and circulate 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.

BRSS TACS will award $40,000 each for up to 8 organizations.

Capabilities statements must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 23, 2015. Access the Request for Capabilities Statements.

Questions about the 2015 Peer Health Reform Education Efforts may be directed to the Center for Social Innovation. Please send your questions to Rebecca Stouff by email or by phone at 617-467-6014, ext. 252.

2015 Policy Academy

The Center for Social Innovation (C4) invites state, territory, and tribal government substance use disorder and mental health agencies to participate in the 2015 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Policy Academy. The Policy Academy offers states, territories, and tribal governments the opportunity to advance the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems by bringing together stakeholders and change agents from different backgrounds and agencies to build communication, remove barriers, and develop Action Plans.

Five teams will be selected to participate in the 2015 Policy Academy, which will offer expert facilitation and support to help develop attainable, outcome-focused Action Plans.

The theme of the 2015 Policy Academy is Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness.

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.

Each team that successfully creates an approved Action Plan will be eligible for a $75,000 fixed-price subcontract to help support Action Plan implementation.

Capabilities statements must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 18, 2015. Access the Request for Capabilities Statements.

Questions about the 2015 Policy Academy may be directed to the Center for Social Innovation. Please send your questions to Rebecca Stouff by email or by phone at 617-467-6014 ext. 252.

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 Report from SAMHSA's National Leadership Summit on Youth Recovery, 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 Mental Health Transformation grantees on strategies for engaging meaningful consumer involvement in grant activities. On December 2-3, 2013, BRSS TACS facilitated a Leadership Forum for a diverse group of consumer leaders from each of the 20 grants. During the Forum, consumer leaders shared their knowledge and experience so that participants were able to adopt and apply new learning in their communities. In addition, participants developed virtual learning communities to continue networking and skill-building.

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: 01/27/2015