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Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Recovery Support Tools and Resources

Find resources to help improve your or your organization’s understanding of recovery supports. 

The Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to bring basic and advanced tools and resources to stakeholders across the country. Are we missing important resources or do you see a need for training tools in a specific knowledge area?

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Shared Decision-Making Tools

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 recovery services. SDM 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.

SAMHSA has developed an interactive, multimedia decision support tool for service users on “The role of antipsychotic medication in my recovery plan.” This tool compares the currently marketed antipsychotic medications on key side effects. It offers information about treatment and service options – including complementary approaches. And, it provides people with an opportunity to consider and create a personalized report about their preferences on the role of antipsychotic medications in their recovery plan.

Through the BRSS TACS project, SAMHSA is creating additional decision support resources. Under development is “Decisions in Recovery: Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction.” This interactive, multimedia tool compares three medications used for the treatment of opioid addiction. It helps people consider whether using medication assisted treatment is the right approach for them and if so, which approach would best fit their situation. It also provides information on recovery supports. Also under development is a tool for families considering psychotropic medication as part of a treatment program for youth, adolescent, or young adult diagnosed with behavioral and/or emotional challenges.

Share Your Story How-to Guide

Share Your Story: A How-to Guide to Digital Storytelling – 2016 (PPT | 935KB) is an evidence-based guide to help people living with mental and/or substance use disorders tell their personal stories of recovery in a digital format. How-to videos about the technology used in creating digital stories are available on SAMHSA’s YouTube channel:

For questions about the guide, email Captain Wanda Finch of the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Office of Consumer Affairs at, and you will be referred to a technical assistance specialist for support.


BRSS TACS hosts a series of webinars each year to highlight hot topics, new knowledge areas, and cutting-edge programs promoting recovery-oriented services and supports. Watch previously aired webinars or register for upcoming events on the BRSS TACS webinar page.

Recovery Resource Library

BRSS TACS brings together hundreds of the most relevant and requested resources to promote recovery services and supports. Find reports, research articles, decision aids, training tools, and more at the SAMHSA Store’s Recovery Resource Library.

Last Updated: 10/28/2016