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Watch webinars from BRSS TACS highlighting hot topics, new knowledge areas, and cutting-edge programs and models promoting recovery-oriented care and supports.

Upcoming Webinars

Recovery After Incarceration: Peer Supports as a Critical Re-Entry Service – Register Now

June 30, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET (1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT)

Presenters:
Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, Senior Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
Mike Jones, Founder/Executive Director, Breaking The Cycle Inc.
Mishelle O'Shasky, Wisconsin Statewide Network Coordinator, Grassroots Empowerment Project

Moderator:
Steven Samra, BRSS TACS Deputy Director, Center for Social Innovation

Archived Webinars

Knowing Yourself as a Leader

As a part of the BRSS TACS Virtual Learning Community for Young Leaders: Self Exploration, Resiliency and Professional Development, subject matter experts described key concepts for developing leaders, including emotional intelligence, styles of conflict and self-care. Participants discussed opportunities to acquire skills and environments for practical application for their own leadership development. Original Air Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Communications, Advocacy and Storytelling

As a part of the BRSS TACS Virtual Learning Community for Young Leaders: Self Exploration, Resiliency and Professional Development, subject matter experts described key skills for developing leaders, including communications, advocacy, and storytelling. Additionally, participants explored different communication styles, the importance of self-awareness, and the value of different types of stories. Original Air Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Cultivating Strong Teams and Partnership

As a part of the BRSS TACS Virtual Learning Community for Young Leaders: Self Exploration, Resiliency and Professional Development, subject matter experts described the stages of team building and key components of strategic thinking. Participants discussed strategies for engaging partners and strengthening partnerships by leveraging diverse skills, knowledge, and experiences. Additionally, participants and speakers discussed how to develop skills such as goal setting, influencing strategies, and developing cultural awareness. Original Air Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Cultivating the Leadership Skills of Young People in Recovery

Young adult recovery movement leaders have become powerful agents of change in the behavioral healthcare field. In many organizations and communities, they have achieved extraordinary levels of professional responsibility and authority. To continue their growth and aspirations, these young leaders need access to professional development supports that can equip them to interact, share ideas, and cultivate their professional acumen (The Bridgespan Group, 2010). This webinar offers user-friendly leadership development tools and an opportunity to engage in robust discussion in a safe and supportive environment among peers. Young adult leaders in the recovery movement will describe concepts, principles, and key skills to pursue in leadership development. Original Air Date: May 19, 2016.

Establishing Whole Health Recovery Models in Diverse Communities

Recovery supports are not as available or as utilized in diverse communities as they are in predominately white communities. Addressing this reality is not as simple as increasing outreach and engagement. Organizations seeking to deliver recovery supports within diverse communities must make sure that the supports they deliver are culturally congruent. This webinar describes how principles of recovery relate to whole health approaches in diverse communities, offers examples of culturally congruent recovery supports, provides tools and resources to assist with planning and implementing recovery supports in diverse communities, and discusses culturally congruent recovery messaging and language. Original Air Date: March 17, 2016.

Engaging Diverse Populations in Recovery Support Services

This session focused on approaches and strategies for engaging diverse population subgroups in recovery support services, including people from diverse racial and ethnic communities; youth and young adults; and people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). The session raised awareness of cultural barriers to accessing recovery services. Presenters shared approaches and strategies to improve outreach and engagement, create welcoming environments, and provide culturally sensitive recovery support services. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 22, 2016

Substance Use and Mental Health Recovery Systems Working Together

Recovery movements, systems, and supports have developed separately in the mental health and substance use fields resulting in different experiences, languages, and expectations. This session provided an overview of the history, opportunities, and challenges presented by these differences. The speakers presented innovative ways communities envision and support recovery. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 21, 2016

Measuring and Communicating the Impact of Peer Recovery Support Services

This session focused on approaches to measuring and communicating the impact of peer recovery support services on individuals, peer workers, service systems, and communities. Presenters shared tips and tools for measuring and communicating the impact of peer recovery support services. They explored strategies for data collection and analysis within agencies and across populations and using data to make the case for sustaining services. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 21, 2016

Integrating Peers in the Workforce: Supervision and Organizational Culture

How can organizations effectively include peers in the delivery of behavioral health services, especially within direct care settings? The presenters addressed developing effective supervision, training supervisors, and creating and nurturing an organizational culture that respects and effectively employs peers in a variety of roles. The session discussed the importance of establishing clear policies, encouraging respect, changing organizational culture, and providing peer supervisory support that promotes the health and wellness of the organization and individuals. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 17, 2016

Implementing Innovative Approaches to Crisis Services: Peer-led Crisis Respite and Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs

This session focused on the implementation of two successful approaches to recovery-oriented crisis prevention and response services. Parachute NYC combines peer-led crisis respite centers with crisis teams offering peer support and Needs Adapted Treatment to support people experiencing mental health crises. Project Lazarus is a community based opioid overdose prevention model serving a range of populations including military and tribal groups. It has been instrumental in reducing prescription medication overdoses and emergency department visits for substance use, and enhancing substance use treatment services. Representatives from both initiatives shared key lessons learned to successfully implement innovative crisis prevention and response services, including the role of peer support services. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 16, 2016

Accessing and Maintaining Sustainable Funding for Recovery Support Services

This session provided an overview of a range of funding mechanisms and sustainability strategies for peer-led recovery supports, including Medicaid, Managed Care, insurance, and grant funds. Presenters explored how these funding sources can be used to create and sustain programs and services. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 15, 2016

Encouraging the Participation of People in Recovery in Policy, Systems, and Services

This session provided historical context and rationale for involving people in recovery with planning and implementation at all levels of policy, systems, and services. It focused on specific strategies to establish and maintain the meaningful involvement of people in recovery and addressed practical considerations related to discrimination, confidentiality, and transforming attitudes, values, and organizational culture. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2016 Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services. Original Air Date: March 11, 2016.

Promoting a Universal Approach to Recovery-oriented and Trauma-informed Care in Hospitals and Medical Home Settings

This webinar defines elements of a Universal Approach and identifies practices for recovery-oriented care in healthcare settings that are trauma-informed, person-centered, and peer-inclusive. It also provides resources to assist webinar participants in accessing additional resources to assess and promote implementation of recovery-oriented approaches. Original Air Date: January 7, 2016.

Celebrating 25 Years: Recovery Perspectives on the ADA and other Landmark Legislation

Individuals with behavioral health conditions are entitled to a range of legal protections, including those codified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Olmstead Decision, the Rehabilitation Acts, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This webinar honors the rich history of the ADA, advances awareness of its relevance to individuals with behavioral health conditions, and provides information about other critical legal protections. Resources for accessing additional information and legal assistance are identified. Original Air Date: September 17, 2015.

Advancing the Sustainability of Peer-Run/Recovery Community Organizations

This webinar provides strategies and tools for Peer Run Organizations and Recovery Community Organizations to develop their capacity, strengthen their processes, support their staff teams, maximize the effectiveness of their leadership (including board and executive leaders), and implement policies and procedures that support recovery and promote organizational stability. Original Air Date: July 22, 2015.

Expanding the Capacity and Impact of Family-Run and Family-Focused Organizations Through Collaboration

This webinar presents collaboration in a new light: crossing sectors and prompting partnerships with other organizations, special interest groups, programs that serve similar populations, and even competitors. Research, collaboration models, and approaches to building collaboration capacity, as well as tools and strategies for safely collaborating with other groups, are offered to enhance the organizational capacity, reach, and program outcomes of family-run and family-focused organizations. Original Air Date: May 27, 2015.

Engaging Consumers, Peers, and People in Recovery in Community, Policy, and Systems Collaboration

This knowledge-building session provides historical context and rationales for actively involving people in recovery in policy and systems planning and implementation. For many behavioral health agencies, including peers and individuals in recovery requires a change from business as usual. The session examines practical considerations regarding discrimination, confidentiality, funding, and changing attitudes and organizational culture. The panel presents challenges that agencies have overcome as well as specific strategies employed at federal, state, and local levels to establish and maintain meaningful involvement of people in recovery. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air date: May 12, 2015.

Nothing About Us Without Us: The Power of Peers in Leadership

Designed for the individuals in recovery who are participating in the policy academy, this session explored ways of being involved, common challenges, and key resources for exerting a strong and effective peer voice. Individuals in recovery who work in state government had the opportunity to discuss how they manage both roles. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 8, 2015.

Sustainability Planning for Recovery Support Services and Consumer Run/Recovery Community Organizations

This session discussed strategies for funding recovery support services and recovery community organizations. Topics included building infrastructure, accessing Medicaid and insurance funding, using block grant and local funds, and exploring innovative funding approaches. Panelists presented different service models employed by peer support organizations, including strategies at the community and state levels. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 8, 2015.

Involving Peers in Promoting Health and Wellness

Peer support services are a key element of whole health and integrated practice approaches to providing health care. This knowledge-building session examined ways that health care settings can employ peers to transform health care delivery and promote health and wellness. It included a discussion of whole health peer certifications. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 6, 2015.

Measuring Recovery Outcomes

During this knowledge building session, participants focused on the challenges and innovations for measuring recovery and the outcomes of recovery services, especially peer support services. Panelists shared research findings and addressed evaluation and performance management, including what can be measured and how to best measure it. Participants explored strategies for data collection and analysis within agencies and across populations, including ways of using state resources, such as contracts and data reporting, for quality assurance. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 5, 2015.

Integrating Peers in the Workforce: Supervision and Organizational Culture

How can organizations effectively include peers workers in the delivery of behavioral health services, especially within direct care settings? Panelists discussed developing effective supervision, training of supervisors, and creating an organizational culture that respects and effectively employs peers. The session reviewed the importance of establishing clear policies, respect, organizational culture, and supervisory support for peers that promotes the health and wellness of the organization as well as individuals. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 5, 2015.

Accessing Medicaid and Insurance Funding for Peer Services

Peer support services and supports play an important role in individual health and wellness. Certification is required for the peer workforce to be funded through Medicaid and insurance. This session provided an overview of core requirements needed to access funding for peer roles such as certification, core training requirements, documentation, supervision, and the political will to include peer services as part of benefit packages. This session also covered integrated substance use/mental health peer certifications. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 4, 2015.

The Benefits and Challenges of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Recovery Systems Working Together

Recovery movements, systems, and supports have developed separately in the mental health and substance use arenas resulting in different experiences, languages, cultures, and expectations. This session provided an overview of the history, opportunities, and challenges presented by these differences. Panelists presented innovative ways that communities are envisioning and supporting recovery. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 4, 2015.

Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support Providers (Session 2)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is defined as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment and motivation to change.” In this webinar, participants learned about the history of MI, the mind-set of MI, the processes that guide MI conversations, core interviewing skills of MI, and how to recognize and elicit change talk. Recovery Community Organizations and Peer-run Organizations described models of incorporating MI into training and certification of peer workers. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants' understanding of MI and its relation to Peer Support. Original Air Date: April 9, 2015.

Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support Providers (Session 1)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is defined as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment and motivation to change.” In this webinar, participants learned about the history of MI, the mind-set of MI, the processes that guide MI conversations, core interviewing skills of MI, and how to recognize and elicit change talk. Recovery Community Organizations and Peer-run Organizations described models of incorporating MI into training and certification of peer workers. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants' understanding of MI and its relation to Peer Support. Original Air Date: February 12, 2015.

Peer Involvement in Health Reform Outreach and Education: Case Studies from BRSS TACS Awardees

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

Please note that there is a disruption in the audio from 1:17:32 to 1:18:52. The captioning continued but there is no audio during that segment. A transcript is available upon request. Please contact brsstacs@center4si.com if you would like a copy of the transcript.

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.

Last Updated: 07/05/2016