Collaborative for Recovery Focused Change

Collaborative for Recovery Focused Change

Via Hope is excited to announce an opportunity for training and consultative support as organizations and communities take steps toward recovery-focused change!

The Collaborative for Recovery Focused Change brings together behavioral health agencies in Texas so that they may rise to the challenge of supporting the whole person, from service to systems levels.

This multi-year program provides training and technical support within a collaborative community, preparing organizations to put person-centered, recovery-focused, and trauma-responsive principles into action.

Who should apply

  • Organizations must be Texas-based behavioral health providers that receive public funds.
  • A team of people from a single organization, or a cross-agency team consisting of people who represent multiple organizations (e.g. a coalition). Cross-agency teams should include at least one organization that receives public funds.
  • This year, we invite applications from organizations participating in the Step-Down Housing Pilot Program (Rider 57), and/or the Mental Health Peer Support Re-entry Pilot Project (Rider 73)
  • Previous participants of the Collaborative for Recovery Focused Change program are strongly encouraged to apply!

Topics we’ll explore

Over the course of this program, activities will address a variety of topics and common challenges faced by behavioral health agencies, including:

  • Integrating recovery principles into organization and practice paradigms;
  • Integrating trauma informed practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing;
  • Person-centered practice;
  • Building a recovery-oriented culture;
  • Overcoming challenges to implementing a recovery-oriented system;
  • Peer specialists/family partner recruitment, hiring and retention practices;
  • Impact of implementation of recovery-oriented services on outcomes, cost, and service utilization.
  • Step-Down Housing Pilot Program (Rider 57)
  • Mental Health Peer Support Re-entry Pilot Project (Rider 73)

What to expect

The Collaborative for Recovery Focused Change is designed to spread understanding of topics foundational to recovery and provide highly individualized consultative support for a wide range of agency-based projects. Participating teams benefit from the following:

  • Facilitated activities geared toward organizational self-assessment and planning that reflect the agency’s (or cross-agency team’s) priorities and goals for change
  • Training and technical assistance, including regular access to subject matter experts 
  • Ongoing access to a community of providers and leaders from across the state that are navigating similar challenges
  • A curated set of learning sessions that explore recovery-oriented principles, opportunities to implement new practices, and support for new programmatic approaches
  • In-person visits by consultants to your agency/community to provide on-site training & support
  • Tools and resources only available to program participants
  • Continuing education credits 

Many activities are held remotely with no need for travel, while other in-person events are hosted on-site by participating teams.

This program is offered at no cost to participants. There is no fee to apply.

Types of projects

Organizational teams (or community-based teams from multiple agencies) identify specific projects to be supported by the program. Participating teams indicate their goals for change during the application process and finalize specific project plans early in the program.

Examples of projects the Recovery Institute has supported:

  • Revising staff performance standards to reflect person-centered practice standards
  • Helping LMHAs to deepen partnerships with local Consumer Operated Service Providers (COSPs)
  • Establishing new staff wellness practices throughout the agency
  • Implementing site-based training for all staff on the role of peer services
  • Establishing or strengthening consumer advisory councils to inform quality improvement initiatives
  • Developing and improving upon agency-based hiring practices, supervision approaches, and career ladder development for peer support staff
  • Creating recovery-oriented, integrated physical and behavioral health peer support staff roles
  • Expanding the role of peer professionals by implementing Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®)

Other projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Adopting new policies/procedures to align with Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) criteria
  • Pilot project to offer peer services to youth in recovery, alongside peer support services to the family
  • Establishing a regional consultation group among supervisors to adopt person-centered supervision
  • Creating a pilot program to place peer professionals in new settings, while they receive supervision from outside the agency where they work

How to apply

Applications are now closed


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