BRSS TACS Update: Shared Decision Making, Recovery Supports for Youth, Funding Recovery

SAMHSA, Brining Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS).


Welcome to the monthly update from SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). This update highlights SAMHSA’s work to promote recovery through person-centered and person-driven services through the interactive and collaborative process of shared decision making.

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BRSS TACS Webinar: Shared Decision Making and Recovery: Using Decisional Support Tools to Advance Recovery Support

This free webinar, which aired on May 10, 2012, discussed how shared decision making tools, such as decision aids (DA), can assist those seeking and those providing services make informed, collaborative decisions about important health issues. Below are some highlights from this webinar. To view the webinar in its entirety, please click the image.

To learn more about existing decision aids to support shared decision making, please click here for SAMHSA’s recently released decision aid (DA) on “What Is the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in My Recovery Plan?”

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“To me it's proof positive that with the right technical support and peer support, shared decision making is a reality for behavioral health, and I do believe it is the future of ethical and excellent practices in behavioral health.” (Dr. Pat Deegan, Pat Deegan and Associates)

“Bottom line, choice is a human right and choice in a human healthcare right. It's important for people to have the tools and resources to be able to decide and figure out what makes the best sense for them, for their recovery and for their wellness.” (Laurie Curtis, Advocates for Human Potential)

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“I'm alive and thriving in full recovery today of health, home, purpose, and community as a direct result of making informed and healthy choices… I believe [shared decision making] could really help someone struggling with the decision to enter substance use treatment.” (Steven Samra, Center for Social Innovation)

Upcoming Events

Please stay tuned for information on further installments of the "Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Webinar Series"

SAMHSA's Working Definition of Recovery

A Life in Recovery

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.

Home: a stable and safe place to live;

Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and

Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Featured Resources

Each of our email updates will include featured resources that promote recovery. This month’s features include:

Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents and Transition Age Youth with Substance Use or Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Reports on a meeting convened to determine essential elements of a recovery-oriented system of care for youth and to build bridges between the substance abuse and mental health fields as well as other critical systems in the lives of youth and their families.


Financing Recovery Support Services: Review and Analysis of Funding Recovery Support Services and Policy Recommendations

Reviews Federal, State, and private sources of funding for recovery support services and highlights innovative approaches used by States to fund such services. Includes recommendations to enhance recovery support services throughout the continuum of care.

Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Decision Aid: Considering the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in your Recovery Plan

This resource includes materials that support shared decision making, such as issue briefs and tip sheets, workbooks, videos, and an interactive decision aid on medication-assisted therapy.

These resources and many others can found at SAMHSA's Recovery Resource Library.


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You will receive messages from BRSS TACS every month. What information would you like to see in future updates? Please email Rebecca Stouff at with ideas and suggestions.

Thank you,