2013 BRSS TACS Policy Academy - Apply now!

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The purpose of the BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards is to assist State, Territory, and Tribal Government substance use disorder and mental health agencies in designing and implementing strategic policies, practices, financing mechanisms, and infrastructure improvements to promote the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems within the context of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, the 2013 BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards focus on assisting States, Territories, and Tribal Governments to incorporate peer-support staff and services within efforts to expand insurance coverage (e.g., Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, etc.).  

This request for applications (RFA) invites States, Territories, and Tribal Governments to develop an application and apply for participation in a virtual BRSS TACS Policy Academy and to receive a subcontract award from the Center for Social Innovation in the amount of up to $50,000. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the subcontract award will support concrete health reform actions to promote recovery-oriented supports, including peers as reimbursable providers, peer support as a reimbursable service code, and/or peers as allowable staff on existing service codes. The team’s BRSS TACS Action Plan, which will be developed during the virtual Policy Academy and onsite technical assistance visits, will include concrete steps to include peer staff and peer-support services such as developing utilization, cost, and workforce need projections, as well as addressing other regulatory barriers. Eight (8) BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards will be awarded in 2013.

SO - If you are a state behavioral health authority or tribal leader, here is what you need to do:

From a correspondence by Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services


  1. Corinna West (@CorinnaWest)'s avatar
    Corinna West (@CorinnaWest)
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    I already told the state of Missouri what they can do to improve peer leadership in our state. Maybe some other state would like the ideas?

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