Opportunity for Peer-Run Organizations to be Involved in Health Reform Education

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is accepting applications for 2012 BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Care Reform Education. BRSS TACS is operated by contract with The Center for Social Innovation.

The purpose of the BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Care Reform Education is to enable peer-run organizations in the 29 States with HHS Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants (see Appendix 1) to undertake outreach and dissemination efforts to educate people in recovery from behavioral health conditions (i.e., mental health and/or substance use disorders) and service providers about health care reform initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Health Insurance Exchanges (or “Affordable Insurance Exchanges”) will provide individuals and small businesses with a “one-stop shop” to find and compare affordable, quality health insurance options. Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants help States continue their work to implement this key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

This Request for Applications (RFA) invites peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations in States with Establishment Grants to propose activities that develop learning networks that build the capacity of peer organizations to increase public awareness about ACA programs, understand the services offered through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges and the Medicaid benchmark plan, begin to develop strategies for providing outreach and enrollment assistance, and readiness to participate in Exchange Navigator programs.

Education activities undertaken by awardees must be tailored to specific audiences and address changes in services, eligibility, and enrollment prompted by health care reform.  Successful applicants will receive subcontract awards in the amount of $25,000 from the Center for Social Innovation. SAMHSA intends to fund eight BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Care Reform Education in 2012.

Technical assistance (TA) and training will be provided to grantees, and will include information about coverage of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) services in the Affordable Insurance Exchange and the Medicaid program, changes in eligibility criteria and enrollment procedures, and facilitation of contacts with key individuals in grantee’s State Medicaid, CHIP, Affordable Insurance Exchange, Department of Insurance, and other key State agency and other programs. Ongoing TA will include consultation sessions, training, webinars, and an online learning community to support organizations as they implement their projects throughout the award period

Information about the BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Care Reform Education application, expectations of awardees, and activities, may be found here
Questions about the Request for Application (RFA) must be submitted by February 24, 2012 to Rebecca Stouff, by electronic mail to rstouff@center4si.com, or by U.S. mail to Rebecca Stouff, Center for Social Innovation, 200 Reservoir Street, Suite 202, Needham, MA 02494.

Questions about BRSS TACS may be directed to the SAMHSA Project Officers, Catherine Nugent, at cathy.nugent@samhsa.hhs.gov or 240-276-1577 or Kevin Malone at kevin.malone@samhsa.hhs.gov or 240.276.2239.


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    Robert Quick
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    I missed the deadline for my application process what do i do now.Thank You
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