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 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity, an intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity for peer-run organizations, recovery community organizations, family-run organizations, and youth- and young adult-run organizations. Throughout the remainder of this document, we will refer to these organizations as peer-run organizations (PROs). The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity intensive TA will be provided between February and August 2019.

The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity contributes to SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance misuse and mental illness on American communities.  Applicants are encouraged to consider SAMHSA’s activities related to mental illness and substance abuse  disorders in  the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and its report to Congress, the SAMHSA Strategic Plan FY2019–FY2023, and Facing Addiction in America:  The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.

BRSS TACS seeks to support the ability of PROs to become an effective component of comprehensive systems of care that focuses on prevention, treatment and recovery supports addressing the needs of individuals with mental and substance use disorders and their families, including youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbances. TA can help PROs adopt evidence based practices, improve the use of data to inform programs and policies, and enhance integration with state systems of care. TA will also support efforts to provide effective services in educational and criminal justices settings.


The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity will offer individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 PROs to address identified needs within the organization.  The TA will be delivered by national subject matter experts and include varied activities, such as virtual and on-site training, resources, learning communities, webinars, and individualized coaching and consultation for organizations seeking to improve the capacity, effectiveness, and sustainability of their services.


Potential applicants must be nonprofit PROs that meet the following requirements:
  • A majority of consumers/peers/people in recovery must manage the applicant organization. We consider family-run organizations (FRO) and youth- and young adult (YYA)-run organizations to be peer-led entities for their peer support activities due to their lived experiences with these service systems.
  • The majority of the organization’s board of directors or advisory board must identify as consumers/peers/people in recovery or family members.
  • The board of directors or advisory board must have been in operation for at least 6 months before the date of issuance of this subcontract announcement.
  • The organization must be dedicated to promoting wellness and recovery for people with substance use disorders, serious mental illness, or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
Previous participants in the Capacity Building Opportunity are welcome to apply.

The estimated time commitment for participating organizations’ activities is at least 10-12 hours per month.  We strongly encourage participants to review all the information in this document and assess their ability to commit to the time required throughout this process before applying for the 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity.
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.
4. Sustaining Access to Treatment and Recovery in Educational Settings:  TA will support organizations to develop and sustain recovery programs in secondary and postsecondary settings.  This may include sharing information about best practices in collegiate recovery support and supporting the transition of students with or at risk for SMI or SUD, supporting PROs’ identification of key partners, including early psychosis intervention programs and community and school-based treatment providers, and assisting the PROs with developing plans to sustain their work.

5. Supporting Reintegration: TA will support organizations to work with individuals that are involved with the criminal and/or justice system. This could include addressing re-entry challenges experienced by individuals who are in recovery or seeking recovery from SMI or SUD and are transitioning from criminal justice or institutional settings to life in the community. This is intended to enhance interventions to correspond with all stages of the sequential intercept model, crisis diversion services and problem-solving courts.  TA may focus on identifying and improving recovery support services that will contribute to a continuum of care for individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, or serious emotional disorders who are at any stage of involvement with the justice system. TA will address reducing barriers to accessing services and supports individuals may encounter during community reintegration.
Benefits to Your Organization

The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity will
  • provide access to national experts and support to help expand your organization’s knowledge, expertise, sustainability, and capacity to carry out its mission;
  • connect you with other PROs facing similar challenges; and
  • support the implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices and activities to engage peer leaders from mental and substance use disorder treatment and recovery communities.   
Each participating PRO will be assigned a primary BRSS TACS TA Lead.  The table below outlines the roles of the BRSS TACS TA Lead and participating organizations:

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