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Ohio “Wins with People”

Posted on 2/8/2013 by Ashley Gonzalez in ODMH ODADAS BRSS TACS SAMHSA Recovery supports

ODMH, ODADAS Present on Successful BRSS TACS Grant Implementation

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

In recognition of its success in implementing a $50,000 peer/recovery support grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Ohio was recently asked to present on its experience to other states, territories, providers and stakeholders to help them bring recovery supports to scale for their behavioral health system.

Presenting during the Jan. 24 webinar on behalf of Ohio were Jim Lapczynski, ODADAS deputy director and chief legal counsel; Debbie Nixon-Hughes, ODMH program and policy deputy director; and Karin Carlson, planning specialist with the ODADAS Division of Planning, Outcomes and Research, who discussed Ohio’s lessons learned from the grant’s implementation.

Photo: Staff who presented at the SAMHSA webinar included (l-r) Debbie Nixon-Hughes (ODMH), Karin Carlson (ODADAS) and Jim Lapczynski (ODADAS). In the foreground, Liz Gitter, a mental health administrator at ODMH who served as the BRSS TACS project lead, listens to the presentation.

Last July, Ohio was one of only eight states to receive a Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale, Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) grant, which is a project funded by SAMHSA with the goal of promoting the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services and systems.

Several staff from ODMH and ODADAS collaborated on the project, with assistance from stakeholders, including two peer advocacy organizations in the state, Ohio Citizen Advocates and the Ohio Empowerment Coalition. Ohio’s theme for the project is “You win with people.” The agreed-upon principle is that Ohio’s recovery supports will be integrated, consumer-determined, statewide, sustainable and culturally responsive, and will incorporate a philosophy of hope.

The four goals of the project include:

  • Establishing a shared Ohio definition of recovery;
  • Bringing Peer Support Services to scale by provided certified Peer Support Specialists and Peer Recovery Coaches;
  • Establishing a mechanism that promotes a recovery orientation in all services including Health Homes through expanded access to recovery and peer  services and supports; and
  • Creating partnerships to establish a trained, credentialed workforce to develop high quality recovery peer services and supports, as well as developing a process to establish credentialing and core competency standards.

“The work we are doing now with BRSS TACS is an example of what we will be doing as a new department – working together as one team, including stakeholders, to benefit the behavioral health system,” Lapczynski said.

To get involved with the peer/recovery support initiatives at the department, please contact Sharon Fitzpatrick at or Alisia Clark at . Home | AboutBlogFAQ | Contacts