BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity Areas of Focus
The 2019 BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support over a 6-month period for up to 25 peer-run, recovery community, family-run, or youth- and young adult-run organizations in one of the five designated focus areas.
1. Partnering with State Systems to Advance Recovery: TA will assist organizations to effectively partner with state, territorial, or tribal mental and substance use disorder treatment systems to promote recovery and integrate peer roles at all levels. Potential TA activities may include sharing best practices and preparing PROs to successfully take part in team models and statewide efforts to develop an integrated system of care that is trauma-informed, able to meet the needs of individuals with co-occurring SMI and SUD, culturally and linguistically responsive, team-based, or digitally integrated with the health care systems and other practice standards known to be effective and lead to positive outcomes.
2. Developing an Integrated Workforce: TA will support organizations as they develop and strengthen the integration of peer and family support services in the workforce and to develop a peer workforce representative of communities served. Selected activities may focus on building capacity to recruit, train, and supervise peer support workers, integrate services for people with co-occurring SMI and SUD including medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, or preparing PROs to support related organizations’ efforts to integrate peers into their teams.
3. Building Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity: TA will assist organizations in maximizing the capacity of PRO organizations to implement, improve, extend, and evaluate peer and family support services that are critical to furthering the prevention, treatment, and recovery of SMI and SUD. Selected activities may include strengthening infrastructure, building capacity, and increasing the ability to provide peer and family support services as part of a continuum of care that includes supportive housing, education, crisis response services, and caregiver respite, among other services.