2017 BRSS TACS Policy Academy “Building a Strong Recovery-Oriented Workforce”

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Call for Applications for SAMHSA’s 2017 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Policy Academy
Deadline: April 7, 2017
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the 2017 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSSTACS) Policy Academy. We invite all eligible entities (see below) to create a team and apply for participation to receive intensive technical assistance to support the development of recoveryoriented services, supports, and recovery-oriented systems change. We will select up to 10 teams to participate in the 2017 Policy Academy, which will offer expert facilitation, technical consultation, and other support to help teams develop and implement outcome-focused Action Plans.

Application due date: April 7, 2017

Eligibility
All states, territories, and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations (tribal entities) are eligible. BRSS TACS will give applications from entities that have not previously participated in a BRSS TACS Policy Academy preference for participation. Past participants in the BRSS TACS Policy Academy are eligible to apply. The jurisdiction’s substance use, mental health, or behavioral health authority (or the broader agency to which that authority belongs) must submit the application. For jurisdictions with separate mental health and substance use authorities, a single entity may submit the application, however we encourage collaboration between the two entities and require team representation by both entities (see Section C of the application for more details on team composition). The entity submitting the application will have responsibility for and oversight of Policy Academy participation and will ensure implementation of the Action Plan.

This year’s theme is “Building a Strong Recovery-Oriented Workforce.” Applications must be submitted by state, territorial, or tribal behavioral health entities and applicants are required to include diverse stakeholder and peer representation as part of their team.  Applications are also encouraged to consider the inclusion of activities to create parent, youth or family support training and certification programs; focus on supported housing or recovery housing; address supported employment and supported education; or focus on wellness efforts. The deadline is April 7, 2017.

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