Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Webinars

BRSS TACS hosts a series of webinars each year to highlight hot topics, new knowledge areas, and cutting-edge programs and models promoting recovery-oriented care and supports.

Archived Webinars

Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Leaders
As pioneers within an emerging field, peer-run organizations and recovery community organizations have developed ethical codes of conduct in order to maintain high standards for these programs designed, implemented or operated by people in recovery. Ethical codes of conduct not only ensure the integrity of a recovery-orientation, they also reflect the recovery community principles, values and culture in all settings in which peer services are being offered. This webinar identified and presented examples of peer ethical codes and guidelines that are developed in a peer context and incorporated in peer and community settings. Original Air Date: February 13, 2014

Strengthening Employment Opportunities 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. To help realize employment opportunities, this webinar presents information on the vocational needs of people in recovery, principles of supported employment, and model programs. Barriers to employment for the approximately 65,000,000 Americans with an arrest or conviction record along with initiatives to address these barriers are also discussed. Original Air Date: December 12, 2013

Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: The Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Employees in Recovery
This webinar, held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, explored the many ways in which proactively advancing the inclusion and success of employees with behavioral health disorders can contribute to an organization's bottom line. Presenters shared effective practices and outlined concrete steps for service providers to use in developing their own approaches to partnering with employers to expand opportunities for individuals in recovery to fulfill their potential as professionals. Original Air Date: October 31, 2013.

Recovery-Oriented Practice: Person/Family-Centered Recovery Planning
Person/family-centered planning has emerged as a recovery-oriented practice designed to help people who have behavioral health conditions and their families by engaging them in the process of planning for desired services and supports. Person/family-centered planning has been defined as a process, directed by a person in recovery and his/her family and/or other supports with the intention of identifying the person’s strengths, goals, needs and preferences. The purpose of this webinar is to present the practice and philosophy of person/family-centered recovery planning. This webinar also discusses the range of services and supports that people and their families want to have available to them as they strive to accomplish their goals as well as discuss the roles peers and parents can play within each model. Original Air Date: September 12, 2013.

Recovery Supports for Young Adults
While young adults may need an array of community support services, the ones designed for older adults are often unappealing and underutilized by younger adults. Because most young adults have a strong affinity for technology, web-based interventions hold promise as a recovery support service. This webinar outlines the recovery support needs of young adults living with behavioral health conditions. Participants explored the potential of using web-based recovery support services for people living with behavioral health conditions and learned of three (3) services currently available. Original Air Date: July 25, 2013.

New Alliances: People from Mental Health Peer Organizations and Addiction Recovery Communities Dialogue about Working Together
Across the country, there is an increased need for collaboration between all aspects of health care and community support, including strong alliances between mental health and addiction recovery organizations. Recently, three community-based organizations, the Transformation Center, the RECOVER Project and the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community worked together to build consensus and achieve common goals. Through a BRSS TACS State Peer Award, these organizations engaged in dialogue and developed strategies that have been mutually beneficial. Jonathan Delman, Ph.D., studied the process of dialogue and collaboration and developed an approach to working together, called the Appreciative Inquiry Approach. This approach could help peer organizations and recovery community organizations establish partnerships and work together to accomplish their goals. Original Air Date: June 27, 2013.

Understanding and Using Utilization Projections, Cost Projections and Workforce Data
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will provide an overview of some of the data that is utilized in planning for managed services including utilization projections, cost projections and workforce needs. This data will be incorporated into the final projects and is essential for justifying service expansions. Original Air Date: June 14, 2013.

Peers in Federally Qualified Health Centers
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session presents two models for including peer staff delivering recovery support services within federally qualified health centers. The session includes discussion of program and policy elements, funding, challenges that were overcome and keys to success. Original Air Date: June 13, 2013.

Recovery Communities Support for Enrollment
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will explore how recovery communities and recovery community organizations can help individuals’ access, apply and maintain enrollment in health programs. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is making millions of currently uninsured individuals eligible for subsidized health insurance or Medicaid. Individuals with mental and substance use disorders may, however, have difficulty accessing or navigating the eligibility determination and enrollment processes. Original Air Date: June 12, 2013.

Financing Peer Support Services through Medicaid – Billing Codes and Other Factors
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced.This session will share case studies of states, which have developed, revised, or expanded billing codes to include different types of peer support services and staff. Topics will include: combined substance use/mental health peers; expanding peer service codes; and the whole health peer specialist model. The session will also provide a basic understanding of the essential health benefit development, service codes and how inclusion of peers is essential to bringing recovery supports to scale. Original Air Date: June 11, 2013.

Peer Specialist/Recovery Coach Certification
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will present specific models of peer certification for the peer workforce. Certification will be required for the peer workforce to be funded through Medicaid and managed care. Many states have established certification processes for mental health recovery peers and/or substance use recovery peers, but have no standards in place that apply to the role of peers in the behavioral health workforce as a whole.. Original Air Date: June 7, 2013.

Substance Abuse/Mental Health Recovery Communities Working Together in Affordable Care Act Implementation
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session will provide an overview of the history, opportunities, and challenges, presented by these differences along with examples of innovative ways communities are envisioning and supporting recovery together. Recovery movements, systems, and supports have developed separately in the mental health and substance use fields with resulting different experiences, languages, and expectations. Original Air Date: June 7, 2013.

Partnerships for Change: Effective Engagement of Consumers, Peers, and People in Recovery in Policy and Systems Planning
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session briefly provides the historical context and rationale for establishing active involvement of people in recovery in policy and systems planning. Most of the session discusses specific strategies that have been employed at Federal, State, and local levels to establish and maintain meaningful involvement of people in recovery, as well as challenges that have been overcome. Original Air Date: June 6, 2013.

Creating Culture Shift and Building Systems that Support Recovery including Peer Services
As part of the BRSS TACS 2013 Policy Academy: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, eight interactive, ninety-minute knowledge-building sessions were produced. This session addresses the infusion of recovery principles, values, and competencies into behavioral health programs and environments, as well as the practices and approaches utilized by clinicians, providers, and other practitioners. For many behavioral health agencies, inclusion of peer workforce involves a change from “business as usual.” Considerations regarding confidentiality, client/consumer rights, funding, clarity of roles, as well as staff attitudes and culture change will be discussed. Original Air Date, June 6, 2013.

Best Practices in Peer Support and Peer Recovery Coaching
With implementation of health reform, peer recovery support services are expected to be in much greater demand. Peer services and supports are likely to be delivered in an expanding variety of settings, including hospital emergency departments; primary care practices; person-centered health homes; federally qualified health centers; accountable care organizations; community-based alternatives to incarceration; high schools and colleges; veterans’ centers; homeless programs; and others. This webinar presents practices used by peer specialists and peer recovery coaches such as Emotional CPR, Recovery-Oriented Employment Services, Vet-to-Vet Support, and Wellness coaching, to assist others to achieve their recovery goals. Original Air Date: March 28, 2013.

Peer Involvement in Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Promoting Wellness through Recovery-Oriented Care
People with mental and substance use disorders often have co-occurring chronic medical conditions and complex health needs. Fully integrated medical and behavioral health care establish effective linkages between physical and behavioral health services within a single location. This webinar outlines the principles of recovery-oriented integrated health care and discusses the roles of peers in integrated health services, drawing from examples of innovative health services supported by SAMHSA's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program. Original Air Date: February 28, 2013.

Learning from Experience: Lessons from the BRSS TACS Awardees
During its first year, the BRSS TACS project awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to peer-run organizations and state coalitions to promote the adoption of peer-delivered, recovery-oriented services and supports for people in recovery from substance use and mental health conditions. This webinar featured project participants who carried out the subcontract awards, including one state and two peer-run/recovery community organizations. They discussed their successful projects and shared the lessons they have learned. Original Air Date: January 24, 2013.

Culture and Diversity in Behavioral Health
This webinar delivered an overview of issues related to culture, diversity and disparities in behavioral health. Presenters discussed the development, delivery and evaluation of a cultural competency-training program for people who work in the mental health and substance use disorder fields, including an example of a community-based recovery support program for people living with substance use disorders. Original Air Date: November 8, 2012.

Beyond the Rhetoric: Using Recovery Standards, Practices, and Assessments to Guide and Evaluate Organizational Change
This webinar offered a framework for planning, implementing, and monitoring the organizational change process and presented resources and strategies to help guide the process. The presentations was reinforced by the Institute of Medicine's report on the relationship between research and practice, and how to translate recovery principles into standards and practices that can be observed and measured. Original Air Date: August 29, 2012.

Recovery Supports for Children and Families
Review of the framework of family-centered recovery and recovery-oriented approaches to addressing co-occurring disorders in young people. Follow presenters as they lead a discussion on the importance of youth voices in the recovery process, parental peer supports, and a discussion of models for collaboration across behavioral health and other sectors responsive to the particular configuration of needs, strengths and resiliency of youth. Original Air Date: July 19, 2012.

Shared Decision-Making and Recovery: Using Decisional Support Tools To Advance Recovery Supports
Learn about SAMHSA's work to promote recovery through person-centered and person-driven services through the interactive and collaborative process of shared decision-making. Presenters explored Shared Decision Making and decision support tools and products, featuring a model decision aid (DA) developed by SAMHSA on "What Is the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in My Recovery Plan." Original Air Date: May 10, 2012.

Planning a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC): Lessons from Texas
This webinar focused on SAMHSA's Recovery Support Strategic Initiative (RSSI). After reviewing the goals of the RSSI, the webinar explored the planning process undertaken by the Texas Department of State Health Services to implement a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) for Houston and communities throughout Texas. Original Air Date: March 29, 2012.

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy: An Introduction
Learn more about BRSS TACS from experts in behavioral health, including self-identified people in recovery and state-level program administrators, who discuss challenges, resources, and lessons learned that inform the work of this SAMHSA initiative. Original Air Date: January 19, 2012.

Last Updated: 03/18/2014

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“Learning from Experience: Lessons from the 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees”

April 10, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm Eastern (EST)

Presenters

  • Linda Sarage and Jacob Powers, Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, Inc.
  • Margaret Moss, Division of Adult Mental Health, West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities
  • Bev Haberle, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania/PRO-ACT

During its second year, the BRSS TACS project provided competitive awards to 14 peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations and 8 state coalitions to promote the adoption of peer-delivered, recovery-oriented services and supports for people in recovery from substance use and mental health conditions. These 22 awards were administered through three different funding opportunities of the BRSS TACS project: Policy Academy Awards, Peer Awards for Health Reform Education, and Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards. This webinar will highlight the experiences and accomplishments of one awardee from each of the three award programs.

Who should attend

State, territory, tribe, and county-level mental health and substance use disorders treatment/recovery systems administrators, consumers and people in recovery, behavioral health providers, peer providers, providers of other health and human services (primary health care, housing, employment), policymakers, and researchers.

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BRSS TACS Webinar Series: Save the Date

Upcoming Webinars in our 2014 BRSS TACS Webinar Series include:

Lessons Learned from 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees

Thu, Apr. 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Support and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery
Thu, May 8, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Why Should you Hire a Peer Specialist/ Recovery Coach?
Thu, July 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans
Thu, August 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

More information on how to register coming soon.