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Applying for 2013 BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education

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Friday, Jan. 04, 2013
2:30 PM  - 3:30 PM

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Applying for 2013 BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education
Friday, January 4, 2013 | 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenters: Cathy Nugent, Marsha Baker, and Kevin Malone from SAMHSA, along with Livia Davis, Jeff Olivet and Robert Sember of the Center for Social Innovation

Description: This webinar will introduce SAMHSA's 2013 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education. To obtain a copy of the RFA, please follow this link-

The awards are intended to enable up to eight (8) peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations establish statewide networks with other peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations. These networks will:
  1. Facilitate the dissemination of state-specific educational materials on health reform initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 and the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008.
  2. Assist member organizations/recovery community organizations prepare to provide outreach, eligibility and enrollment assistance to people in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. 
Two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act are central to goals of this initiative. The first is the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), which will, upon implementation, ensure that health plans available in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges, offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). These include substance abuse and mental health services. The second provision relevant to this initiative is the new eligibility rules for Affordable Care Act financed health insurance affordability programs. The rules expand Medicaid eligibility and provide premium tax credits to eligible individuals for purchasing coverage within an Affordable Insurance Exchange. The webinar will provide an overview of the 2013 BRSS TACS State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education application process and SAMHSA expectations regarding how sub-contract activities will address information dissemination on these two key provisions.
Peer-run organizations/recovery community organizations in all 50 states are eligible to apply for these awards. Please Note: Organizations that received subcontract awards under the 2012 BRSS TACS RFA for State Peer Awards for Health Reform Education are not eligible for the 2013 awards and should not apply.

Who should attend: Representatives of peer-led organizations/recovery community organizations and organizations providing technical assistance to peer-led organizations/recovery community organizations.

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