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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 makes subcontract awards on a competitive basis to support peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations, States, Territories, and Tribes in their efforts to promote recovery and improve collaboration across stakeholders. Are you a current or past awardee? Visit our Awardee Corner to stay up-date-on announcements, tools, and resources.

  • Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards: These awards support activities that promote peer-delivered, recovery-oriented services for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards encourage best and emerging practices for peer-delivered recovery supports by developing informational materials that educate peer providers, providing training and educational activities for peer providers, or planning and developing infrastructure to establish peer-delivered recovery supports. Awardees receive:
    • A $25,000 award to promote the adoption and implementation of recovery supports and services
    • Ongoing technical assistance

      Send questions about applying for this award to Rebecca Stouff,

  • State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education: These awards enable peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations to build statewide networks to create and disseminate state-specific educational materials on health reform initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 and the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008. The State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education assist peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations to prepare to provide outreach, eligibility, and enrollment assistance to people in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. Awardees receive:
    • A $25,000 award to convene and educate organizations and individuals about health reform
    • Ongoing technical assistance

      Send questions about applying for this award to Robert Sember,

  • Policy Academy Awards: These awards assist State, Territory, and Tribal Government substance use disorder and mental health agencies in designing and implementing strategic policies, practices, financing mechanisms, and infrastructure improvements to promote the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems within the context of the Affordable Care Act. The 2013 BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards focus on assisting States, Territories, and Tribal Governments to incorporate peer-support staff and services within efforts to expand insurance coverage (e.g., Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, etc.). Awardees receive:
    • A virtual Policy Academy for awarded teams
    • A $50,000 award to support the implementation of concrete action steps
    • Ongoing technical assistance

      Send questions about applying for this award to Rebecca Stouff,

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 a shared decision making (SDM) tool for families considering psychoactive medication as part of a treatment program for youth diagnosed with behavioral and/or emotional problems. Shared decision making is an approach that helps families of children and youth with behavioral health needs, have informed, meaningful, and collaborative discussions about next steps for treatment. It often involves tools that provide objective information and offer family members and youth/young adults opportunities to consider options that meet their individual and family's needs and preferences prior to meeting with a clinician. Shared decision making is an emerging best practice in both behavioral and physical health care.

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: 03/18/2014