BRSS TACS First Fridays: Meet the Expert

NYAPRS Note: BRSS TACS is a National technical assistance resource for recovery supports and services. NYAPRS serves on its leadership board and assists through its various contracts. Save the date for January 3 at noon, when our own Harvey Rosenthal will be presenting on the topic of peer services and managed care. See the information below:


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BRSS TACS Monthly Update  ::  December, 2013

Upcoming BRSS TACS Events:


First Fridays with BRSS TACS: Meet the Expert



Harvey Rosenthal

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Friday Jan. 3, 2014

Noon-1pm ET 




Sandra Spencer

National Federation for Families for Children's Mental Health

Friday Feb. 7, 2014

Noon-1pm ET



Phillip Valentine

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery Friday March 7, 2014

Noon-1pm ET



Dan Fisher

National Empowerment Center 

Friday April 4, 2014

Noon-1pm ET




BRSS TACS Webinar Series


Ethics & Boundaries for Peer Leaders

Thu Feb. 13, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Lessons Learned from 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees

Thu Apr. 10, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Support and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery

Thu May 8, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Why Should you Hire a Peer Specialist/ Recovery Coach?

Thu July 17, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans

Thu August 14, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET

Helpful Recovery Resources:


Spotlight on Employment Supports



BRSS TACS Webinar: Strengthening Employment Opportunities for People in Recovery




Assessment in Supported Employment for People Experiencing Homelessness




Supported Employment Fact Sheet



The Impact of Supported Employment on Consumers with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders




Enrollment in Supported Employment Services for Clients with Co-Occurring Disorder



Quick Links:





Recovery Library



Technical Assistance Form



SAMHSA Website


Contact Us:


Questions about BRSS TACS or the Monthly Update?


Let us know! 



T: 617-467-6014

Free BRSS TACS Technical Assistance


Interested in FREE training for your staff?


Want expert advice and tips on creating and effective advisory board?


Is your organization ready for a new strategic plan?


Having trouble recruiting volunteers?


Thinking about certification for peer support providers?




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


Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)


Peer Recovery Supports


Financing Recovery


Supports (peer/non-peer)


Capacity Building


Integration of services with primary care


Cultural Competence


Trauma Informed Care


Core Competencies for recovery-oriented

behavioral health workers


Social and Community Integration


Are you ready to talk to our team to see how BRSS TACS can help you?


Please fill out a Technical Assistance Request Form and submit it to us at or call us  at 617-467-6014 for more information. 

First Fridays with BRSS TACS: Meet the Expert 


On-Call Technical Assistance Office Hours with Leaders in the Recovery Field 


Join us on the first Friday of the month to speak with recovery experts and leaders in the recovery field on the phone and online to get answers to your questions on various recovery-related topics.


When: January 3, 2014 

Time: Noon-1 p.m. Eastern Time


?Call-in #: 888-407-5039 (PIN 556-82-342)


The next installment of "First Fridays with BRSS TACS: Meet the Expert" is Friday January 3, 2014; Noon-1 p.m.  and features Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). Learn more about Mr. Rosenthal below and be sure to join us!

BRSS TACS Webinar Series 


Throughout 2014 BRSS TACS will be hosting a series of Webinars on Recovery Related Topics. We hope that you will be able to join us as we convene experts in the Mental Health and Addictions Field to talk about emerging and important topics across the recovery field. 


Upcoming Webinars in our 2014 Series include:


Ethics & Boundaries for Peer Leaders

Thu Feb. 13, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Lessons Learned from 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees

Thu Apr. 10, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Support and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery

Thu May 8, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Why Should you Hire a Peer Specialist/ Recovery Coach?

Thu July 17, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans

Thu August 14, 2014

1:00pm-2:30pm ET


Stay Tuned for more information. 


All BRSS TACS webinars are recorded, closed captioned, and available for viewing at your convenience.


You can find recordings of our recent BRSS TACS webinars on the Webinars section of the BRSS TACS Webpage. 

Meet the Expert: Harvey Rosenthal



Topic: Peer Services and Managed Care

Date: Friday January 3, 2014

Time: Noon-1 p.m. ET


Call-in #: 888-407-5039 (PIN 556-82-342)



Harvey Rosenthal has over 38 years of experience working to promote public mental health services and policies that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights, & community inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities.


Since 1993, Harvey has served as the executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), a peer-led consumer-provider partnership that has worked to improve services, social conditions and public policies in New York and nationally that touch the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Under his leadership, NYAPRS has supported a strong grassroots advocacy community, developed recovery training programs for community providers and has created nationally replicated peer service and economic development innovations.


Harvey is currently providing a broad array of training and technical assistance nationally to promote peer run and recovery services. He regularly works to fight stigma, discrimination and coercion and to expand informed choice protections.


Harvey currently serves on the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, acts as co-chair of the Peer Leaders Interest Group for ACMHA: the College for Behavioral Health Leadership and is a member of the consumer-survivor subcommittee to the Center Mental Health Services Advisory Group. He is a member of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its Most Integrated Settings Coordinating Council.


Harvey's interest in promoting mental health recovery is also personal, dating back to his own hospitalization at age 19.

SAMHSA's National Summit on Youth Recovery




Meeting Report Now Available


Through the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organized the National Leadership Summit on Youth Recovery as part of SAMHSA’s commitment to engaging young people in developing policies and practices that promote recovery for youth and young adults. A total of 106 participants from across the United States, which included 86 youth and young adult leaders from prevention, substance use disorder recovery, and mental health recovery. Additional participants included government officials, leaders in the recovery movement, and family advocates. The Summit included innovative methods to engage the participants, including an Innovations Expo, questions on the wall to elicit discussion, and the use of a live Twitter feed with the #youthrecover hashtag. The use of social media allowed participants to stay engaged in multiple ways throughout the Summit. Over the course of the 2-day summit, there were approximately 900 tweets by 169 contributors using the #youthrecover hashtag; these tweets reached an estimated 128,111 unique Twitter accounts/users with over 1,000,000 impressions.


Interested in learning more? View the Meeting Report or Photo Journal from the event.

BRSS TACS Webinar: Strengthening Employment for People in Recovery


Prejudice, discrimination, laws and policies combine to create insurmountable barriers to employment for some people in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. Despite this bleak reality, people in recovery overwhelmingly want to work. They want to contribute their talents and experience the financial and societal benefits of working. Many people in recovery assert that work provides a sense of purpose and contributes to their prospects for personal growth and financial security. Employment programs for people in recovery work with individuals to help them get the skills and supports they need to be successful and satisfied in work environments of their choice. Through advocating for employment opportunities, these programs collaborate with communities to improve the vocational outlook for people in recovery.


Original Air Date: December 12, 2013


Missed the live event? View it here

Spotlight on BRSS TACS:

Cheryl Gagne, Deputy Project Director BRSS TACS



Cheryl Gagne has worked in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation for over twenty years as a clinician, researcher, professor, and career development specialist for individuals with mental illness. Cheryl holds a doctorate of science in psychiatric rehabilitation from Boston University. As a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation (C4) and a Deputy Project Director for BRSS TACS, Cheryl has developed a range of innovative services designed to help people with mental illness live, learn, and work in environments of their choice and improve their overall health and quality of life. 


Throughout her work on BRSS TACS, Cheryl has provided technical assistance on supported employment for programs and organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Her technical assistance includes principles of both psychiatric rehabilitation and supported employment, allowing her to help personnel acquire the skills and resources that they need to succeed at their jobs.  She believes that everyone who wants a job should have the opportunity to pursue his/her work goal.  


Are you interested in learning more about supported employment for your organization? Contact us for a free Technical Assistance Consultation.