2014 BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform Education

NYAPRS Note: Please note and circulate this small grant opportunity for peer run and community recovery organizations across the nation to engage in activities that raise awareness among people with substance use and mental health conditions and their families, friends, and allies about health insurance changes and other policy issues initiated by the Affordable Care Act or to gather information from newly insured individuals about effective approaches to outreach and enrollment and treatment access strategies.
Please note the following timelines:
January 2, 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) Announced
January 24, 2014 Written Intent to Apply (Optional)
February 19, 2014 Applications Must be Received by 5:00 p.m. EST
March 14, 2014 Awardees Notified
March 28 – September 29, 2014 Award Period
NYAPRS and Faces and Voices of Recovery are the members of the BRSS TACS team leadership team that will be playing a lead role in supporting this initiative.

Dear Peer-Run/Recovery Community Organization:
Please find a letter, located here, announcing the opportunity to apply for a contract sub-award under SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) initiative.
The 2014 BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform Education will enable peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations in states, the District of Columbia, territories, and tribal jurisdictions located in a state or states that has/have expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 to: (1) Collaborate with peer-run/recovery community networks to educate people with substance use and mental health conditions and their families, friends, and allies about health insurance changes and other policy issues initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010; and (2) Learn from the experiences of individuals with addictions and mental health needs who are newly insured and Medicaid eligible about effective approaches to outreach and enrollment and treatment access strategies.
We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity by submitting an application for your peer-run/recovery community organization. We will be making 22 subcontract awards at the level of $25,000 per award.
Information about the BRSS TACS Peer Awards for Health Reform Education application, expectations of awardees, and activities, may be found at the following address: brsstacs.center4si.com/2014_BRSSTACS_HealthReform_RFA.docx.
Questions about the Request for Application (RFA) may be submitted to Rebecca Stouff, by electronic mail to rstouff@center4si.com, or by phone at (617) 467-6014 ext. 252.
General questions about BRSS TACS may be directed to the SAMHSA Project Officers, Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, at cathy.nugent@samhsa.hhs.gov or 240-276-1577, or Marsha Baker, LCSW, at marsha.baker@samhsa.hhs.gov or 240-276-1566.
Thank you for your efforts to promote the health and well-being of the citizens of your state, territory, and tribal jurisdiction.
Sincerely,
-pdv
Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.
Director, 
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857