The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Capacity Building Opportunity, a free intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity for peer-run organizations (PROs), recovery community organizations (RCOs), family-run organizations, and youth- and young adult-run (YYA) organizations. This intensive TA will be provided between February and August 2018.

We will determine participation through a review that SAMHSA BRSS TACS representatives will conduct to identify intensive TA needs that are not addressed by any other source, a balance of recovery organizations focused on mental health and substance use disorders, as well as geographic diversity.  Please note that previous recipients of the 2017 SAMHSA BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity are ineligible to apply.

Below is information about the purpose of this TA, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to apply and the online application, which includes both demographic and narrative questions. We estimate it will take you 1-2 hours to complete the application.

You must answer all required questions at the same time to have a complete application. You may also obtain a PDF copy of the Capacity Building Opportunity instructions and the application. We recommend that you compose answers to narrative questions offline, then copy and paste your answers into this online application.

To receive the application in Microsoft Word and complete it offline, please email BRSSTACSCapacityBuilding@center4si.com for the application and instructions for returning the completed copy.

All applications must be completed and submitted by 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Please email BRSS TACS at BRSSTACSCapacityBuilding@center4si.com or call 781-247-1711 with any questions.

This opportunity will offer access to national experts and support to help expand your organization’s knowledge, expertise, sustainability, and capacity to carry out its mission.  It also provides opportunities to connect with and learn from other PRO, RCO, family-run, and YYA-run organizations facing similar challenges.  The intensive TA will support implementing and sustaining activities to engage peer leaders from mental health and substance use treatment/recovery communities and help achieve state implementation plans to expand capacity for recovery support efforts.


The 2018 BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 peer-run, recovery-community, family-run, and youth- and young adult-run organizations over the course of six months.  National subject matter experts may offer virtual training and technical assistance, learning communities, webinars, products, and guidance on specific topics of interest to organizations that are committed to developing their own capacity in one of five areas below.. For additional assistance in determining your potential focus area, please refer to the TA Examples Table directly below the following focus areas:
  1. Partnering With State Systems to Advance Recovery: TA will assist organizations to better partner with state, territorial, or tribal behavioral health systems to advance recovery and integrate peers. 
  2. Advancing the Peer and Family Support Workforce: TA will support organizations as they continue to develop and strengthen their peer and family support workforce.
  3. Building Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity: TA will assist organizations to strengthen their infrastructure and build their organizational capacity to enhance their ability to provide peer and family support services.
  4. Sustaining Recovery in Educational Settings: TA will support organizations to develop and sustain recovery programs in educational settings.
  5. Supporting Re-entry: TA will support organizations to address re-entry challenges experienced by individuals in or seeking recovery who are transitioning from criminal justice or institutional settings to life in the community.

Table of TA Examples

Table of TA Examples

Participation in the BRSS TACS intensive TA opportunity is voluntary.  TA delivery will consist of activities designed to reach agreed-upon goals and outcomes relevant to the shared goals of BRSS TACS and the recipient.  TA delivery and participation will include monthly teleconferences and may also include virtual support as necessary.  We will structure TA around sustained, ongoing relationships between the BRSS TACS TA team and selected PROs, RCOs, family-run organizations, and youth- and YYA organizations.

BRSS TACS will work with the TA recipient to create a customized TA package, which may include some combination of the following elements:
  • webinars
  • staff trainings/professional development
  • virtual meetings
  • support for data collection, validation, and reporting
  • assistance in the development and revision of written processes and policies
  • tools and templates
  • resources
  • learning communities
For example, monthly webinars or learning community participation, phone support, and resources provided as needed may follow a training.
Roles and Responsibilities

The primary BRSS TACS TA task lead assigned to each individual category will
  • negotiate and formalize activities between the BRSS TACS TA team and recipient organizations to achieve agreed-upon outcomes;
  • co-create a TA plan with identified outcomes that is specific to the needs of organizations and results in measurable outcomes; and
  • provide support as detailed in the TA plan through virtual assistance, phone calls, monthly web conferences, and e-mail communication.
The roles and responsibilities of participants will vary based on each organization’s customized TA plan, but at a minimum each participant will
  • complete an organizational self-assessment;
  • participate in co-creating a tailored TA plan with measurable outcomes;
  • submit a signed letter of commitment to participate in the TA process;
  • ensure leadership support from any organization involved in the TA;
  • designate a single point of contact to facilitate communication with the TA provider;
  • demonstrate willingness and readiness to addressing the area of need and commitment to the organizational change process;
  • provide staff to collaborate in creating the TA plan and implementing the activities; and
  • provide the staff and resources necessary to support the TA engagement and to assess organizational progress toward agreed-upon outcomes on a regular basis.

Please send all questions to BRSSTACSCapacityBuilding@center4si.com