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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer Program

Deadline: February 15, 2016

The purpose of the Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer program is to expand and enhance service capacity through the provision of peer recovery support services for those individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and their family members. It is the expectation that those with lived experience will play an integral role in the design, development, and implementation of this program. A primary program objective is to help achieve and maintain recovery and improve the overall quality of life for those being served. This is assessed through increased abstinence from substance use, employment, housing stability, social connectedness, decreased criminal/juvenile justice involvement, and increased indicators of successful recovery and enrollment in education, vocational training, and/or employment.

The following required activities must be addressed as integral components of the proposed peer recovery support services project:

  • Conduct an initial and ongoing community assessment that focuses on recovery community strengths and needs
  • Provide outreach and other engagement strategies to increase participation in, and access to, treatment and/or recovery services for diverse populations
  • Develop a peer leadership council to engage peers in program decision making
  • Implement participatory processes in developing and implementing peer support services
  • Design and implement a plan for training of peer leaders, including training in the provision of trauma-informed services, to develop and enhance the skills of the peer workforce
  • Deliver a plan for supervising peer support workers that involves the integration of peer recovery core values, core competencies for peer workers training in culturally-relevant services, and establishing boundaries in peer worker settings
  • Provide peer recovery coaching/mentoring to assist at all stages of the recovery continuum in order to achieve and maintain long-term recovery
  • Develop individualized and self-directed recovery plans, working collaboratively with the service recipient, to ensure that his/her plan builds upon individual strengths and needs
  • Initiate routine recovery check-ups (face-to-face, telephone, and/or mobile) in order to maintain regular contact with the service recipient
  • Host peer-facilitated educational and social support groups to build a community of support that emphasizes a culture of recovery; these supports as well as other activities may be housed in a recovery community center
  • Host substance-free socialization activities to build a safe network and community that promotes individual and family skill development in substance-free social environments
  • Provide services directly related to the improvement of health and wellness including facilitating linkages to primary and mental health care, where appropriate

Amount: Approximately $3,800,000 is available for 15 grants up to $250,000 each.

Eligibility: Domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and/or community- and faith-based organizations that are organizations comprised of, led, and governed by people in recovery from substance use disorders. The governing board must be comprised of at least 50 percent of people in recovery from substance use disorders.

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-16-008

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