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SPARK Training and Technical Assistance

Spark Training and Technical Assistance

SPARK offers training and technical assistance (TA) at no cost to expand recovery supports and services in states, tribes, territories, and communities. Through an integrated team of partners and stakeholders, SPARK supports people and organizations who work and volunteer to advance recovery and provides information, resources, training, and consultation about goals, ideas, and challenges they experience. For example, we can help you:

  • Implement and sustain recovery-oriented systems of care
  • Advance equitable access to recovery supports and services
  • Create organizational and leadership development strategies
  • Implement infrastructure and capacity development tactics
  • Advance recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems

SPARK also offers intensive, ongoing onsite and virtual training and TA opportunities to support recovery at the state or local levels in several SAMHSA priority topic areas:

  • Youth Recovery Supports: Expand youth recovery resources in a community, state, or system or learn how to implement specific models or programs with and for young people.
  • Community-Based, Non-Government Organizations & Faith-Based Efforts: Learn about efforts led by community-based organizations to create and implement recovery outreach and education, services and supports, and partnerships in under-served communities.
  • LGBTQIA+ and Intersectional Recovery Supports: Learn and apply strategies to ensure that recovery supports and services are inclusive, affirming, and accessible to people with LGBTQIA+ and intersectional identities.
  • Implementing Innovations and Models: Learn about, implement, or expand peer-delivered activities and program models in communities, systems, or campus settings.
  • State Recovery Leadership: Build support for state recovery leaders to enhance or implement recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), statewide strategies to promote equitable access to recovery, and leadership development initiatives.
  • Funding: Identify and blend funding sources and create sustainable funding pathways for peer-based and other recovery supports, services, and models.
  • Employment: Expand employer interest in attaining recovery-friendly workplace designation and bolster supported employment programs such as Individual Placement and Support (IPS) offered to people in recovery returning to work by helping integrate certified peers.
  • Recovery Housing: Explore strategies to embed equitable and culturally responsive practices within recovery residences and develop solutions to improve access to recovery housing.
  • Crisis Respite Services: Explore current and emerging concepts in peer respite models as a valuable benefit of service choice in the crisis continuum of services addressing mental health, substance use, and co-occurring conditions to better serve historically underserved communities. Learn about peer-run crisis respite program development and management.
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Examples of Possible Training & TA Requests

Examples of Possible Training & TA Requests

  • Improving and expanding recovery-oriented systems of care
  • Increasing equitable access to peer services
  • Peer leadership development
  • Outcome data collection for peer support services delivered in community settings
  • Implementing Certified Peer Support Services in a treatment program
  • Opening a transitional housing residence for formerly incarcerated women with a history of opioid substance use disorder
  • Public policy community education, engagement, and organizing advocacy

SPARK experts are ready to respond with effective, practical approaches and strategies and an equity-centered orientation. The SPARK team has many years of experience providing technical assistance and training grounded in adult learning principles and informed by lived and living experience.

Please contact us using the “Request Training & TA” button above to learn more about these and other training and technical assistance opportunities from SPARK.

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Last Updated: 05/21/2024
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