Through the "Mental Health Treatment Training and Integration Project," the National Empowerment Center Technical Assistance Center (NEC TAC) will develop and deliver a variety of trainings and educational materials that will enhance vocational opportunities and integrate consumers into the treatment delivery system, improve access and coordination of services, and improve mental health outcomes, and will serve 20,000 people (4,000 annually). NEC TAC will identify and develop in-person and online trainings to improve the integration and employment opportunities of consumers working in the treatment system. Consumers will also be trained to assist other consumers with their medication visits, crisis services, and returning to work. In addition, mental health providers will be trained on how to identify and support peers working in provider agencies, engage families, and support youth leadership. Run by persons with severe mental illness, NEC TAC is uniquely qualified to carry out the mandate of the President's New Freedom Commission to engage consumers and families in service delivery. Because peers understand firsthand the use and value of medications and crisis services, they are well suited to these activities. NEC TAC will work with the National Council for Behavioral Health to develop training needed to improve peers' understanding of how they can best integrate as peer specialists into clinical, healthcare, and addiction services. To prepare them to provide services to consumers in crisis, peers find it valuable to be trained in Emotional CPR. With the help of our partners, NEC TAC will provide other training to clinical and related services staff either in-person or online on the value of recovery-based practices, person-centered planning, shared decision making, crisis alternatives, and peer support. NEC TAC will work closely with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of County Behavioral Health Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) to improve opportunities for peers to be hired and reimbursed adequately by state and county providers. To assist with the transition of consumers form receiving benefits to being employed, NEC TAC will provide training in job seeking, job retention, and financial literacy. Consumer self-sufficiency will be improved by the creation of a national database of supported education programs, as well as a webinar and supplemental materials, which will enable them to have success in school. NEC TAC will foster and improve youth leadership skills in the delivery of peer services through the creation of a Youth Advisory Committee and developing its "Finding Our Voice" training (as well as other trainings) in collaboration with our partners. Too often families are left out of service delivery. To address this need, NEC TAC will engage families in the care of their family member with mental illness. To improve the collaboration with more traditional services, NEC TAC has entered into cooperative agreements with SAMHSA supported topic focused centers such as the Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers of Regions 1 and 4.
Doors to Wellbeing (D2W), a project of the Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery, will focus on three core program areas during the five-year grant period serving 50,000 individuals annually: 1) integration of people with lived experience into the U.S. mental healthcare workplace; 2) empowerment of individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) through supported education and employment and 3) educating individuals with SMI and mental health practitioners about Psychiatric Advance Directives. Doors to Wellbeing is one of the most creative, effective, and productive National Consumer Technical Assistance Centers currently operating in the United States.
The Youth MOVE National Consumer TA Center is designed to provide technical assistance to the mental health workforce, inclusive of peer providers, system administrators, consumer run organizations, and the mental health field at large, to support the adaption, implementation, and enhancement of recovery oriented services, peer provided services, and evidence based practices to promote the recovery of individuals living with serious mental illness. The goals of this TA effort are to increase awareness and implementation of evidence based practices by educating and training the mental health workforce; increasing the capacity, knowledge, and skills of the peer provider workforce by providing training; improving the integration of peer and recovery orientated supports into the mental health service area through intensive technical assistance, training, and product development; increasing the peer provider workforce through training; and improving the mental health service array through improved policies and practices at the agency and system levels. The technical assistance approach of the TA Center braids the lived experiences of youth adults, adult consumers, and family members of navigating the mental health system, throughout all Center activities. The technical assistance array includes the offering of tiered support including a) intensive support including ongoing coaching, onsite training, and facilitation, b) specialized support including webinars, peer co-hort calls, and group coaching, and c) generalized support through the maintenance of a toll free phone line, website, email newsletter list, and resource databases. Additional strategies include product development of both implementation guides and issue briefs, on relevant and time sensitive topics, as identified through field driven technical assistance requests and the delivery of both virtual and in person training for individuals with lived experience, peer providers, consumer run organizations, mental health agencies, mental health providers, and system administrators. The TA Center, through dissemination, training, and technical assistance strategies, will reach an average of 5,150 individuals annually, with 25,750 reached over the course of the five years of funding.
Peer Experience National Technical Assistance Center (Peer Experience NTAC), a program of Peer Support Coalition of Florida, Inc. (PSCFL) is proposing to provide TA to promote evidence-based care for adults with serious mental illnesses, through SAMHSA's National Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers. Peer Experience NTAC will be designed on a collaborative operating infrastructure to allow for innovative approaches that leverage existing efficiencies and maximize the impact of federal dollars allotted for TA. In providing TA as a Statewide peer network, PSCFL has experienced the wealth of information that is available on the peer and consumer movement. PSCFL's efforts have been made less effective by the inability to find a concentration of guiding materials on one platform in a strategically coordinated system. Further as the nation shifts focus to recovery-oriented systems of care, providers of consumer guided TA must also prepare the underpinnings of a sustainable recovery community that is infused with the learning gained though lived experience. In so doing, the program will focus on the foundational structures that support the occupational and financial dimensions of wellness. Finally, to promote self-determination and inclusion practices into future generations, it is imperative that youth are provided the opportunity to capture and continue the vision and values embedded in the consumer recovery movement. Generational sustainability must be a priority. To address the needs identified, the five goals of Peer Experience NTAC are: 1) Develop project operating infrastructure and conduct outreach and collaboration with SAMHSA's established topic focused TA and other Consumer TA centers. 2) Develop and implement TA on the integration of peers in treatment delivery systems. 3) Identify effective approaches to supported education programs, develop training approaches for employers to hire and retain consumers and explore alternate routes for consumer financial and occupational wellness development. 4) Provide TA on development of positive youth leadership skills and the critical role of family engagement in recovery. Peer Experience NTAC has a goal to reach a minimum of 5,000 individuals with universal TA during the first year and 25,000 over the life of the grant through various outreach modes. However, we expect the numbers to exponentially expand through collaboration and harnessing the infrastructure of SAMHSA's existing TA centers. Peer Experience NTAC will provide targeted TA on-demand and through development and presentation of learning materials. Finally, Peer Experience NTAC will conduct a replicable intensive TA pilot to educate a minimum of 50 employers and up to 250 participants annually on hiring and retaining consumers. Using the principles of implementation science, Peer Experience NTAC will bring lived-experience infused, evidence-based practices to scale through the direction and provision of multiple levels of TA, diffusing sustainable change throughout recovery communities.
The CAFE Mental Health TA Center (CAFE TAC) is designed to support the recovery and independence of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and promote their integration into the nation's MH system of care. It is a national program, intended to serve people with SMI, their families, providers and agencies that employ people with SMI within the system of care, and other stakeholders. Its goals and objectives are: 1. Individuals with SMI will become an integral part of the MH system of care, as consumers, agencies, and providers recognize the evidence base for their effectiveness and understand the roles in which they excel. 1.1: At least 250 participants will receive training on the integration of peers in the MH system, including information on the evidence base for peer support and the roles peers can fulfill, on an annual basis. 1.2: At least 250 participants will receive training on how lived experience of MH conditions can be leveraged to positively impact people in the community with similar experiences through peer support on an annual basis. 1.3: At least 75 representatives of State Agencies and/or local organizations will receive training on recruiting and retaining individuals with lived experience, financing mechanisms, and the integration of recovery-based practices in multiple settings on an annual basis. 2. Individuals with lived experience of SMI will grow and thrive in their recovery through access to education, connection with family and natural supports, and linkages to resources on employment and economic self-sufficiency. 2.1: At least 250 individuals with lived experience will receive training on supported education and educational accommodations and success strategies on an annual basis. 2.2: The project will create a database of supported education resources, with at least 50 new resources added annually. 2.3: At least 250 individuals with lived experience and/or family members will receive training on the role of families in supporting the recovery of family members with lived experience on an annual basis. 2.4: At least 75 youth with SMI will participate in training on leadership skills, advocacy, and self-direction on an annual basis. 2.5: At least 250 individuals with lived experience will receive training on job seeking and financial self-sufficiency on an annual basis. 2.6: The project will develop at least two guides for employers on hiring and employing individuals with lived experience of SMI on an annual basis. 3. Stakeholders will benefit from access to a wealth of nationally-relevant resources and information through information and referral, collaboration with partner SAMHSA TA efforts, and marketing of project activities. 3.1: The project will share a minimum of 25 resources from partner SAMHSA TA centers on an annual basis. 3.2: The project will establish an information and referral network through a toll-free telephone line, project website, email list serve, and social media accounts, and will develop engagement with at least three posts weekly. 3.3: The project will develop and disseminate a quarterly newsletter featuring resources and information to promote evidence-based care for adults with SMI and the role of those with lived experience as a component of the treatment system.
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