SAMHSA's BRSS TACS Recovery TA Center Launches Website

NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS is a proud member of BRSS TACS’ leadership team and our staff, led by Chacku Mathai, regularly provide or facilitate technical assistance to states, providers and peers from across the nation to “promote the widespread adoption of recovery concepts and practices throughout the United States.” Check out the BRSS TACS site. You can find timely webinars at

We are pleased to announce the launching of the webpages for SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) on the SAMHSA Recovery Support homepage. You can access the webpages via the following link:

Here you can learn about BRSS TACS funding opportunities, how to request training and technical assistance, scan the ever-growing Recovery Library or learn more about what other organizations, states and systems are doing to implement recovery concepts, policies, practices and services. We hope that you will share this announcement and information about the resources available through BRSS TACS.

What is BRSS TACS?

BRSS TACS is a SAMHSA technical assistance effort initiated in 2011. With leadership and involvement from people in recovery, BRSS TACS assists States, Territories, Tribes, and providers—including peer providers—families, and other stakeholders to promote and implement recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems.

Interested in sharing information about BRSS TACS?

If you go to and click on About BRSS TACS you will find a downloadable document called "Project Overview." This two page document provides an overview of the project that can be shared with others. You can also access the "Frequently Asked Questions" document in that same place and get answers to questions such as Why Such a Long Acronym? or What Does BRSS TACS Hope to Accomplish?

Is There Funding Available Under BRSS TACS?

Yes, there is funding available for States Territories, and Tribes and Peer-run/Recovery Community Organizations to support education, planning, and implementation of recovery supports. Requests for Applications (RFAs) are accepted annually for the following competitive awards:

• Peer-Run Organization Awards

• Policy Academy Awards

• Peer-Run Organization Awards for Health Care Reform Education

For information on these RFAs, send an email to or contact the Center for Social Innovation at 617.467.6014.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

You can learn more by going to and clicking onTechnical Assistance to learn more about the types of training and technical assistance available.

• 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, people from diverse racial/ethnic groups; veterans; youth; individuals in the criminal justice system; 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 and submit to 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 with your networks and partners.

Want to Learn More?

Please let people know about the BRSS TACS webpage and that they can sign up to receive messages from BRSS TACS every month. Please email Rebecca Stouff at with ideas and suggestions.

Thank you,