About the TTA Center for PRSS Partnerships
Four organizations—Altarum Institute, Advocates for Human Potential, Brandeis University, and the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations— were selected by BJA to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) site-based grantees. This collaborative is working to promote best practices and promising approaches to combat the opioid epidemic.
The TTA Center for PRSS Partnerships is one initiative of the collaborative. The center supports COAP grantees as they plan, implement, and evaluate peer recovery support services (PRSS). The center provides TTA to:
- Overdose Outreach Projects
Integrating forensic peer recovery coaches and other peer supports into outreach projects, and in forging strategic partnerships with emergency departments, community health clinics, and other community-based organizations to effectively intervene with overdose survivors
- Technology-Assisted Treatment and Recovery Projects
Building the capacity to implement technology-assisted peer supports.
- System-Level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects
Implementing or expanding the use of peer support at each intercept point in the Sequential Intercept Model
- Statewide Planning Coordination, and Implementation Projects
Strategically developing the capacity of state and tribal partners to create and support cross-system and cross-field work.
The Center also provides TTA to non-grantee jurisdictions and organizations that work in criminal justice or child welfare settings. We provide in-person and virtual TTA to agencies interested in incorporating peer recovery supports. Specific services include consultation; facilitation; and knowledge, skills, and capacity building on topics related to PRSS including:
- Understanding recovery support, PRSS, and recovery-oriented systems of care
- Designing and implementing peer support projects
- Cultivating effective partnerships with secular grassroots communities and faith-based community providers
- Cultivating and maintaining strategic partnerships with state agencies
- Developing a peer workforce
- Supervising peer supports
- Establishing data-collection processes and using of data to improve practices
We tailor TTA to the unique operating environments of each organization with an understanding of the communities and people it serves. To ensure effective TTA, our responses are:
- asset-based, building on recipients’ strengths;
- relevant to and reflective of the grantee’s organizational culture and context;
- designed and delivered collaboratively;
- delivered by providers who have relevant knowledge and experience; and
- include appropriate follow-up as capacity building continues.
Altarum is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization that integrates independent research and client-centered consulting to create comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health.
With the rigor of the finest research institution, consulting skills honed over nearly seven decades, and an abiding commitment to the public interest, Altarum enables better care and better health for all people.
In the field of behavioral health, Altarum works with communities across the country to build integrated recovery support services to help those facing addiction get the care they need. The key to a successful program—one that leads people into lasting recovery—is ensuring it is fully integrated, connected, and coordinated within the community.
Altarum works with Federal, State, and local governments, as well as national and community-based organizations to build a system of care that focuses on recovery, active involvement of consumers and their families, and multiple services to best meet individual needs. We believe that peer-based services are important to the continuum of care for substance use disorders. We strive to assist organizations in implementing these peer services, to strengthen and improve the health of communities across the country.