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A summary of PFR's latest activities, events, and news.

Health Reform

Expanded Health Care Coverage and Enrollment under the Health Care Law

The Health Care Law is expanding quality and affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans. This includes individuals with behavioral health conditions, who will benefit from the law's provision that mental and substance use disorder services be included as an essential health benefit within qualified health plans. The following links provide fact sheets, brochures, presentations, videos, and other materials that explain the law, how it benefits people across the country, and how the enrollment process will work:

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Partners for Recovery produces annotated bibliography of research literature on resilience

A great deal of literature exists in both the mental and substance use disorder fields about building, enhancing, and activating resilience in persons at risk for and with mental and/or substance use disorders. Risk and protective factors and resilience play an important role in how individuals respond to adverse life events and circumstances, including stress, anxiety, trauma, crisis, or disaster. To enable prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to identify and access resilience research more easily, Partners for Recovery (PFR) developed the Resilience Annotated Bibliography (PDF | 532 KB) of current resilience literature.

Partners for Recovery releases report on the proceedings of the National Summit on Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA and the Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) co-hosted the National Summit on Recovery from Substance Use Disorders in 2010. It was intended to assess the progress made since the 2005 Recovery Summit and the remaining work to be done. This time participants integrated the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its creation of national health care reform into its effort advancing Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and recognized it will have a major impact in promoting resiliency and recovery and inclusion of behavioral health care to support wellness and recovery. PFR assisted in planning the meeting, preparing materials, facilitating and recording break-out group sessions, and writing the final report. National Summit on Recovery from Substance Use Disorders (PDF | 1.5 MB) is a report on the proceedings.

Partners for Recovery develops a Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Resource Guide

The PFR Initiative supports the development of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC). PFR prepared a comprehensive "Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Resource Guide" (PDF | 1.1 MB) to assist policy makers and treatment and recovery providers with enhancing prevention, treatment, and recovery services in an evolving health care environment. This Guide outlines steps for planning and implementing ROSC and aligns the tenets of national health care reform to the history, framework, and benefits of ROSC. To facilitate efforts to organize and establish ROSC, readers will find website links to valuable resources in each section of the guide, such as research studies, manuals, white papers, practice guides, and conference presentations.

Partners for Recovery produces report on pathways to healing and recovery from alcohol and drug problems

To inform stakeholders and the public about the process of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, PFR produced a report, "Pathways to Healing and Recovery: Perspectives from Individuals with Histories of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems" (PDF | 975 KB). This report summarizes qualitative findings from focus groups and in-depth interviews with individuals in recovery. This document offers insight into the varied perspectives and trajectories of people in recovery.

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Workforce Development

Partners for Recovery and SAAS develop a series of webinars that include presentations and tools for marketing behavioral health provider organizations in the new health care environment

Succeeding and thriving in the changing health care marketplace depends on how leaders in the behavioral health field brand, market, and strategically position their organizations. To build the marketing capacity and know-how of the provider community, PFR and the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) developed and delivered a comprehensive educational series for organization leaders. This training series combined in-person training sessions with webinars and coaching calls designed to build provider capacity in several core marketing competencies:

  • Communicating the new business paradigm
  • Conducting and using market research to make strategic business decisions
  • Gathering and using competitive intelligence
  • Developing the marketing workforce
  • Understanding the customer value proposition
  • Understanding and using the 5 Ps of marketing: promotion, place, price, people, and product

If you missed the training series, you can download the PowerPoint presentations and accompanying marketing tools and also watch a video of each session from the SAAS website.

Partners for Recovery prepares report on state activities and resources for returning veterans

PFR and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) prepared a report entitled, "Addressing the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Needs of Returning Veterans and Their Families: The Training Needs of State Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies and Providers" (PDF | 2.2 MB). It investigates the training, outreach, and resources offered by Single State Agencies (SSAs) in charge of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services to meet the needs of returning veterans and their families. Data for the report was collected from nine states identified as conducting a high level of substance use disorder activities targeting veterans. This report provides data trends in the number of veterans who sought admission to publicly funded treatment centers from 2000 to 2007. Case studies of each state selected for the report are also included, which detail the perceived training needs of substance use disorder treatment providers who endeavor to improve service delivery and address the complex experiences of veterans and their family members.

Partners for Recovery releases white paper examining military culture

"Understanding the Military: The Institution, the Culture, and the People" (PDF | 1.4 MB) offers an overview of the practices and individuals that comprise the Armed Forces as well as techniques for treating military personnel in behavioral health settings. In light of ongoing military action overseas, mental health and addictions treatment clinicians are faced with an influx of soldiers and veterans in need of professional services and care. This white paper is a helpful resource for those who want to acquire a fundamental understanding of military service and the effects of combat. The document is also a useful tool for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals who currently treat or intend to work with members of the Armed Forces and their families.

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Leadership Development

Partners for Recovery releases summary report of the 2012 Recovery Community Leadership Symposium

To create a forum in which leadership strengths and needs within the field of recovery community organizations (RCOs) could be addressed, PFR held the Recovery Community Leadership Symposium from June 13 - 14, 2012, in Providence, Rhode Island. The objectives of the symposium were:

  • To explore the issues and challenges experienced by recovery community leaders in balancing self-care with their leadership roles and responsibilities
  • To develop strategies and tips for addressing these challenges

Twenty-five leaders, including executive directors and individuals in senior leadership positions from RCOs and recovery programs, participated in the two-day event.

To identify and present issues and challenges confronting RCO leaders and strategies to address them, PFR prepared a summary report (PDF | 1.1 MB) of the leadership symposium.

Partners for Recovery releases a summary report of SAMHSA's first-ever School for Prevention Leadership and includes state health care reform informational sheets

In the context of the Affordable Care Act's increased emphasis on substance use prevention and mental health promotion in the nation's health care delivery system, PFR piloted SAMHSA's first School for Prevention Leadership (SPL) designed specifically for substance use prevention professionals. A summary report (PDF | 915 KB) prepared by PFR provides a snapshot of the SPL.

State health care reform informational sheets (ZIP | 16 MB) distributed during an in-person SPL training session are available.

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Last Updated: 04/28/2015