8 States Get BRSS TACS Grants, TA to Bring Recovery to Scale

NYAPRS Note: Congratulations to the 8 states whose proposals to expand recovery focused designs in the context of the ACA were approved by SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS initiative, including NYS OASAS’ proposal to establish a credential for peer services. [https://staticapp.icpsc.com/icp/loadimage.php/mogile/1109946/c1d2f933bb9e10ae4de9248b7eca703b/image/jpeg]


Welcome to the monthly update from SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). This month’s update on the BRSS TACS project provides resources related to recovery, shares opportunities to receive free training and technical assistance, and announces the recipients of the 2013 Policy Academy Awards: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of Affordable Care Act Implementation.

Announcement 2013 Policy Academy Awards: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of Affordable Care Act Implementation

On January 23, 2013, a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2013 BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy Awards: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of Affordable Care Act Implementation was released. The purpose of the BRSS TACS Policy Academy and accompanying $50,000 awards is to assist State, Territory, and Tribal Governments in creating action plans to promote the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems within the context of the Affordable Care Act.

Please join us in congratulating the 2013 Policy Academy Awards: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of Affordable Care Act Implementation recipients:

* Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services * District of Columbia Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration * Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration * Mississippi Department of Mental Health * Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services * New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services * New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services * West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities

Please contact Rebecca Stouff at rstouff at center4si.com<mailto:rstouff at center4si.com> if you have questions regarding this award or other BRSS TACS awards.

BRSS TACS Webinar Series

On March 28th, BRSS TACS hosted a webinar entitled,

“Best Practices in Peer Support and Peer Recovery Coaching<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcenter4si.adobeconnect.com%2F_a966410469%2Fp27sp77gabx%2F%3Flauncher%3Dfalse%26fcsContent%3Dtrue%26pbMode%3Dnormal>.”

Please click the image to the right to view the archived webinar.

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All BRSS TACS webinars are recorded, closed captioned, and available for viewing at your convenience. Contact Rebecca Stouff at rstouff at center4si.com<mailto:rstouff at center4si.com> to receive the links to the archived webinars.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

BRSS TACS offers training and technical assistance on a variety of topics such as:

* Recovery-oriented systems of care * Peer recovery supports * Financing recovery supports (peer or non-peer provided) * Integration of services with primary care * Leadership by people in recovery and family members * Recovery supports for specific populations, such as minorities; veterans; youth; criminal justice; people experiencing homelessness; and those identifying as LGBT * Cultural competence * Training and State-specific certification requirements for peer/consumer recovery coaches * Assessment and strategic planning for recovery-oriented systems and services * Best practices in recovery supports * Core competencies for recovery-oriented behavioral health workers

Are you interested in receiving technical assistance?

Please fill out the request form located here<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fbrsstacs.center4si.com%2Fbrsstacs_ta_request_form.pdf> and submit to brsstacs at center4si.com<mailto:brsstacs at center4si.com> or call (617) 467-6014.

Do you know an individual, group, or agency that would benefit from training and technical assistance?

Please consider sharing this email and flyer<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fbrsstacs.center4si.com%2FBRSSTACS_TA_flyer.pdf> with your networks and partners.

Featured Resources Substance Use, Childhood Traumatic Experience and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in an Urban Civilian Population<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov%2Fpmc%2Farticles%2FPMC3051362%2F> - Depression and Anxiety Journal

Examines the relationship between trauma, substance use disorders (SUDs), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among urban populations, revealing strong links between childhood traumatization and SUDs, and their joint associations with PTSD outcome.

Moving Mental Health into the Disaster-Preparedness Spotlight<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nejm.org%2Fdoi%2Fpdf%2F10.1056%2FNEJMp1008304> - New England Journal of Medicine

Addresses the increased need to incorporate mental health issues into disaster preparedness and recovery in order to effectively address the mental health and substance abuse service needs of trauma survivors. Stresses the importance of strengthening community resilience.

Mass Disasters, Trauma, and Loss<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.istss.org%2FAM%2FTemplate.cfm%3FSection%3DPublicEducationPamphlets%26Template%3D%2FCM%2FContentDisplay.cfm%26ContentID%3D1464> - International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Describes what survivors might expect after experiencing a trauma or disaster and offers strategies to achieve the best possible recovery from disaster stress. Includes warning signs for when to seek professional help.

Words of War, Words of Peace: The Curative Power of Writing Combats War<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.psychologytoday.com%2Fblog%2Fthe-healing-arts%2F200807%2Fwords-war-words-peace> - Psychology Today

Offers a personal perspective on the use of writing as part of the healing process for people dealing with mental health disorders. Also, discusses programs that encourage military veterans to use writing as part of their recovery.

These resources and many others can be found at SAMHSA’s Recovery Resource Library<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.samhsa.gov%2Fresources%2Fterm%2FRecovery-Resource-Library>.<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=1484058&msgid=349589&act=LYDQ&c=1109946&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.samhsa.gov%2Fresources%2Fterm%2FRecovery-Resource-Library>

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Let us know!

You will receive messages from BRSS TACS every month. What information would you like to see in future updates? Please email Rebecca Stouff at rstouff at center4si.com<mailto:rstouff at center4si.com> with ideas and suggestions.

Thank you, The BRSS TACS Team