BRSS TACS hosts a series of webinars each year to highlight hot topics, new knowledge areas, and cutting-edge programs and models promoting recovery-oriented care and supports.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—generally referred to as “health reform”—is changing how Americans access health care. Recovery Community Organizations/Peer-run Organizations are playing increasingly vital roles in ensuring that the benefits of health reform reach individuals with behavioral health needs. These efforts include educating recovery communities about health reform, developing and refining eligibility determination and enrollment processes, assisting with access to primary and specialty care, identifying and mitigating risks to sustaining coverage and access to care, and contributing to changes to policy and program guidelines.
Since 2012, the BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform Education initiative has supported PROs/RCOs to create and disseminate state/territory/tribal jurisdiction-specific educational materials on health reform and to develop successful strategies for providing outreach, enrollment, and treatment access support to newly insured and Medicaid enrollees with behavioral health needs, including family members and children.
This webinar highlighted the efforts of the 2014 Peer Awards for Health Reform Education projects, focusing on what they have learned about effective education, outreach, enrollment and treatment access activities, the need to build health reform specific organizational capacity, and the potential long-term impact health reform will have on access to peer recovery support services. Original Air Date: December 18, 2014.
Why Should You Hire Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches?
Peer workers fill many roles and have many different job titles, such as peer recovery coach, peer specialist, peer wellness coach, peer navigator, and more. They work in a variety of settings, including addiction and mental health treatment settings, primary health care, peer-run/recovery community organizations, and more. Working in integrated primary and behavioral health care is a relatively new role for peers. Integrated care is defined as services in which providers consider all of an individual’s health conditions in the course of treatment, including physical illness, mental disorders, or substance use, in which these providers coordinate care for the person. There is an emerging body of information suggesting that integrated care programs contribute to a reduction of stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with mental health and substance use problems. For behavioral health programs, having peers in the workforce strengthens its commitment to person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches. Programs have found that peers can perform many tasks that are helpful to persons served and that peers tend to be more effective with outreach and engagement of people who have been reluctant to participate in behavioral health services. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants’ understanding of the benefits of peer recovery support workers in a range of settings and roles. Original Air Date: September 18, 2014
Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans
For many veterans, adjustment to civilian life after military service is complicated by behavioral health issues that impact their social, vocational, financial, and physical wellbeing. Although a variety of support options exist, within and outside of the Veterans Services Administration system (VA), tens of thousands of veterans remain disconnected or underserved, as evidenced by elevated rates of homelessness, suicide, substance abuse and addiction, and untreated PTSD.
The purpose of this webinar is to increase participants’ understanding of the challenges experienced by veterans returning home, and of the variety of community-based direct services that can effectively complement or replace VA services and supports. Original Air Date: August 14, 2014.
Supports and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery
Research indicates that youth who self- identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) have a higher prevalence of behavioral health disorders than their peers who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity, and often face even greater challenges to recovery. For many LGBT youth living with mental illness, addiction or co-occurring disorders, barriers to recovery are compounded by experiences of familial rejection, bullying, discrimination, and a lack of services that are inclusive and culturally appropriate. In order to help this population of young people to achieve long-term recovery and transition to safe, healthy, and fulfilling adult lives, youth service providers, peers, clinicians, family members, advocates, educators, and administrators can begin to improve services and increase supports by developing their understanding of the complex challenges facing LGBT youth in recovery, as well as emerging efforts to address these challenges. It is important to know that there is not one single LGBT community but rather many overlapping communities with varying issues and wisdom to offer. This webinar presented information about the experiences of youth, barriers to accessing existing youth-oriented recovery supports, promising approaches to LGBT-specific youth programming and best practices for engaging LGBT youth and fostering safe and inclusive environments. Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
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Financing Vocational and Job Programs for Individuals in Recovery: Part 2 – Other Funding Solutions
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session discussed alternate and innovative funding sources for employment services, including some for specific populations of people in recovery. Original Air Date: April 21, 2014
Culture Shift: Creating Treatment and Recovery Communities that Support and Encourage Employment
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Establishing employment services involves a shift in thinking from a maintenance model of care to one in which there is a belief that individuals can recover, work, return to school, follow a pathway to career, and become economically self-sufficient. This session considered creating a culture shift within behavioral health to a view that individuals with mental and/or substance disorders can succeed in employment and career ventures. Original Air Date: April 18, 2014
Building Collaboration Between the Employment and Behavioral Health Sectors
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Systems and supports have developed separately in the mental health and substance use fields, as well as in social services, health, and labor, resulting in different language, experience, and expectations. These differences have made it difficult to navigate the systems for those seeking employment and have created duplication of effort that is inefficient, ineffective, and frustrating. This session explored cross-system collaboration, developing shared values, communication, overcoming negative attitudes and discrimination, and innovative ways to partner across systems to increase employment opportunities and improve outcomes. Original Air Date: April 17, 2014
Substance Use and Mental Health Working Together: Challenges and Opportunities in Employment and Economic Issues
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. How do you include individuals with substance use issues in programs and models that traditionally served only individuals with mental health issues? This session focused on addressing barriers to bringing systems and communities together and discussed some innovative ways to break down barriers and further employment and economic self-sufficiency opportunities. Issues of differing eligibility, stigma and discrimination, expectations and barriers, as well as funding streams, were addressed. Original Air Date: April 17, 2014
Careers in Behavioral Health: Developing the Peer Workforce
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Many states are expanding and developing the behavioral health peer workforce to increase availability and access to recovery supports. Peers can play an important role in providing support to individuals in recovery as they identify and accomplish their employment goals. This session discussed funding, certification, training, and career tracks for peer specialists and recovery coaches.Original Air Date: April 17, 2014
Creating Policies and Programs That Reduce Individual Barriers To Employment
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Traditionally, there have been many barriers to creating a culture of work, such as how to address applicants’ possible criminal records, the fear of losing government benefits, lack of social capital, limited job experience, and low self-esteem concerning employable talents, as well as other real life barriers such as lack of transportation and child care. This session offered facts and resources that can help get people back to work by debunking benefit myths and offering innovative solutions to these complex issues. Original Air Date: April 16, 2014
Financing Vocational and Job Programs for Individuals in Recovery: Part 1 – Medicaid and Ticket to Work Need
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Often, financing employment services can be a barrier to increasing opportunities for states and providers. This session discussed two important funding sources for employment services: Medicaid and the Ticket to Work program. The session addressed the challenges and strengths that states encounter in expanding opportunities to further employment through these and other methods. Original Air Date: April 15, 2014
Recovery Supports in Education and Employment for Youth and Young Adults
As part of the BRSS TACS 2014 Policy Academy: Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment, eight interactive, 75-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. Increasing numbers of individuals are entering recovery at younger ages. As part of healthy development, all youth should be actively involved in education, career exploration, and/or employment. Often, youth involved with the behavioral health system can miss out on engaging in these activities. This session provided an overview of youth education and employment supports, as well as strategies for engaging youth. Original Air Date: April 14, 2014
Learning From Experience: Lessons from the 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees
During its second year, the BRSS TACS project provided competitive awards to 14 peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations and 8 state coalitions to promote the adoption of peer-delivered, recovery-oriented services and supports for people in recovery from substance use and mental health conditions. These 22 awards were administered through three different funding opportunities of the BRSS TACS project: Policy Academy Awards, Peer Awards for Health Reform Education, and Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards. This webinar highlighted the experiences and accomplishments of one awardee from each of the three award programs. Original Air Date: April 10, 2014
Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Leaders
As pioneers within an emerging field, peer-run organizations and recovery community organizations have developed ethical codes of conduct in order to maintain high standards for these programs designed, implemented or operated by people in recovery. Ethical codes of conduct not only ensure the integrity of a recovery-orientation, they also reflect the recovery community principles, values and culture in all settings in which peer services are being offered. This webinar identified and presented examples of peer ethical codes and guidelines that are developed in a peer context and incorporated in peer and community settings. Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
Strengthening Employment Opportunities for People in Recovery
Prejudice, discrimination, laws and policies combine to create insurmountable barriers to employment for some people in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. Despite this bleak reality, people in recovery overwhelmingly want to work. They want to contribute their talents and experience the financial and societal benefits of working. Many people in recovery assert that work provides a sense of purpose and contributes to their prospects for personal growth and financial security. To help realize employment opportunities, this webinar presents information on the vocational needs of people in recovery, principles of supported employment, and model programs. Barriers to employment for the approximately 65,000,000 Americans with an arrest or conviction record along with initiatives to address these barriers are also discussed. Original Air Date: December 12, 2013
Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: The Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Employees in Recovery
This webinar, held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, explored the many ways in which proactively advancing the inclusion and success of employees with behavioral health disorders can contribute to an organization's bottom line. Presenters shared effective practices and outlined concrete steps for service providers to use in developing their own approaches to partnering with employers to expand opportunities for individuals in recovery to fulfill their potential as professionals. Original Air Date: October 31, 2013.
Recovery-Oriented Practice: Person/Family-Centered Recovery Planning
Person/family-centered planning has emerged as a recovery-oriented practice designed to help people who have behavioral health conditions and their families by engaging them in the process of planning for desired services and supports. Person/family-centered planning has been defined as a process, directed by a person in recovery and his/her family and/or other supports with the intention of identifying the person’s strengths, goals, needs and preferences. The purpose of this webinar is to present the practice and philosophy of person/family-centered recovery planning. This webinar also discusses the range of services and supports that people and their families want to have available to them as they strive to accomplish their goals as well as discuss the roles peers and parents can play within each model. Original Air Date: September 12, 2013.
Recovery Supports for Young Adults
While young adults may need an array of community support services, the ones designed for older adults are often unappealing and underutilized by younger adults. Because most young adults have a strong affinity for technology, web-based interventions hold promise as a recovery support service. This webinar outlines the recovery support needs of young adults living with behavioral health conditions. Participants explored the potential of using web-based recovery support services for people living with behavioral health conditions and learned of three (3) services currently available. Original Air Date: July 25, 2013.
New Alliances: People from Mental Health Peer Organizations and Addiction Recovery Communities Dialogue about Working Together
Across the country, there is an increased need for collaboration between all aspects of health care and community support, including strong alliances between mental health and addiction recovery organizations. Recently, three community-based organizations, the Transformation Center, the RECOVER Project and the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community worked together to build consensus and achieve common goals. Through a BRSS TACS State Peer Award, these organizations engaged in dialogue and developed strategies that have been mutually beneficial. Jonathan Delman, Ph.D., studied the process of dialogue and collaboration and developed an approach to working together, called the Appreciative Inquiry Approach. This approach could help peer organizations and recovery community organizations establish partnerships and work together to accomplish their goals. Original Air Date: June 27, 2013.
Understanding and Using Utilization Projections, Cost Projections and Workforce Data
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will provide an overview of some of the data that is utilized in planning for managed services including utilization projections, cost projections and workforce needs. This data will be incorporated into the final projects and is essential for justifying service expansions. Original Air Date: June 14, 2013.
Peers in Federally Qualified Health Centers
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session presents two models for including peer staff delivering recovery support services within federally qualified health centers. The session includes discussion of program and policy elements, funding, challenges that were overcome and keys to success. Original Air Date: June 13, 2013.
Recovery Communities Support for Enrollment
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will explore how recovery communities and recovery community organizations can help individuals’ access, apply and maintain enrollment in health programs. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is making millions of currently uninsured individuals eligible for subsidized health insurance or Medicaid. Individuals with mental and substance use disorders may, however, have difficulty accessing or navigating the eligibility determination and enrollment processes. Original Air Date: June 12, 2013.
Financing Peer Support Services through Medicaid – Billing Codes and Other Factors
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced.This session will share case studies of states, which have developed, revised, or expanded billing codes to include different types of peer support services and staff. Topics will include: combined substance use/mental health peers; expanding peer service codes; and the whole health peer specialist model. The session will also provide a basic understanding of the essential health benefit development, service codes and how inclusion of peers is essential to bringing recovery supports to scale. Original Air Date: June 11, 2013.
Peer Specialist/Recovery Coach Certification
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will present specific models of peer certification for the peer workforce. Certification will be required for the peer workforce to be funded through Medicaid and managed care. Many states have established certification processes for mental health recovery peers and/or substance use recovery peers, but have no standards in place that apply to the role of peers in the behavioral health workforce as a whole.. Original Air Date: June 7, 2013.
Substance Abuse/Mental Health Recovery Communities Working Together in Affordable Care Act Implementation
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will provide an overview of the history, opportunities, and challenges, presented by these differences along with examples of innovative ways communities are envisioning and supporting recovery together. Recovery movements, systems, and supports have developed separately in the mental health and substance use fields with resulting different experiences, languages, and expectations. Original Air Date: June 7, 2013.
Partnerships for Change: Effective Engagement of Consumers, Peers, and People in Recovery in Policy and Systems Planning
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session briefly provides the historical context and rationale for establishing active involvement of people in recovery in policy and systems planning. Most of the session discusses specific strategies that have been employed at Federal, State, and local levels to establish and maintain meaningful involvement of people in recovery, as well as challenges that have been overcome. Original Air Date: June 6, 2013.
Creating Culture Shift and Building Systems that Support Recovery including Peer Services
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session addresses the infusion of recovery principles, values, and competencies into behavioral health programs and environments, as well as the practices and approaches utilized by clinicians, providers, and other practitioners. For many behavioral health agencies, inclusion of peer workforce involves a change from “business as usual.” Considerations regarding confidentiality, client/consumer rights, funding, clarity of roles, as well as staff attitudes and culture change will be discussed. Original Air Date, June 6, 2013.
Best Practices in Peer Support and Peer Recovery Coaching
With implementation of health reform, peer recovery support services are expected to be in much greater demand. Peer services and supports are likely to be delivered in an expanding variety of settings, including hospital emergency departments; primary care practices; person-centered health homes; federally qualified health centers; accountable care organizations; community-based alternatives to incarceration; high schools and colleges; veterans’ centers; homeless programs; and others. This webinar presents practices used by peer specialists and peer recovery coaches such as Emotional CPR, Recovery-Oriented Employment Services, Vet-to-Vet Support, and Wellness coaching, to assist others to achieve their recovery goals. Original Air Date: March 28, 2013.
Peer Involvement in Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Promoting Wellness through Recovery-Oriented Care
People with mental and substance use disorders often have co-occurring chronic medical conditions and complex health needs. Fully integrated medical and behavioral health care establish effective linkages between physical and behavioral health services within a single location. This webinar outlines the principles of recovery-oriented integrated health care and discusses the roles of peers in integrated health services, drawing from examples of innovative health services supported by SAMHSA's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program. Original Air Date: February 28, 2013.
Learning from Experience: Lessons from the BRSS TACS Awardees
During its first year, the BRSS TACS project awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to peer-run organizations and state coalitions to promote the adoption of peer-delivered, recovery-oriented services and supports for people in recovery from substance use and mental health conditions. This webinar featured project participants who carried out the subcontract awards, including one state and two peer-run/recovery community organizations. They discussed their successful projects and shared the lessons they have learned. Original Air Date: January 24, 2013.
Culture and Diversity in Behavioral Health
This webinar delivered an overview of issues related to culture, diversity and disparities in behavioral health. Presenters discussed the development, delivery and evaluation of a cultural competency-training program for people who work in the mental health and substance use disorder fields, including an example of a community-based recovery support program for people living with substance use disorders. Original Air Date: November 8, 2012.
Beyond the Rhetoric: Using Recovery Standards, Practices, and Assessments to Guide and Evaluate Organizational Change
This webinar offered a framework for planning, implementing, and monitoring the organizational change process and presented resources and strategies to help guide the process. The presentations was reinforced by the Institute of Medicine's report on the relationship between research and practice, and how to translate recovery principles into standards and practices that can be observed and measured. Original Air Date: August 29, 2012.
Recovery Supports for Children and Families
Review of the framework of family-centered recovery and recovery-oriented approaches to addressing co-occurring disorders in young people. Follow presenters as they lead a discussion on the importance of youth voices in the recovery process, parental peer supports, and a discussion of models for collaboration across behavioral health and other sectors responsive to the particular configuration of needs, strengths and resiliency of youth. Original Air Date: July 19, 2012.
Shared Decision-Making and Recovery: Using Decisional Support Tools To Advance Recovery Supports
Learn about SAMHSA's work to promote recovery through person-centered and person-driven services through the interactive and collaborative process of shared decision-making. Presenters explored Shared Decision Making and decision support tools and products, featuring a model decision aid (DA) developed by SAMHSA on "What Is the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in My Recovery Plan." Original Air Date: May 10, 2012.
Planning a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC): Lessons from Texas
This webinar focused on SAMHSA's Recovery Support Strategic Initiative (RSSI). After reviewing the goals of the RSSI, the webinar explored the planning process undertaken by the Texas Department of State Health Services to implement a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) for Houston and communities throughout Texas. Original Air Date: March 29, 2012.
Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy: An Introduction
Learn more about BRSS TACS from experts in behavioral health, including self-identified people in recovery and state-level program administrators, who discuss challenges, resources, and lessons learned that inform the work of this SAMHSA initiative. Original Air Date: January 19, 2012.