Dates: 2015

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Center of Social Innovations

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health

JSI, with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH), through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant, implemented a variety of activities to support, improve, and document peer recovery specialist services and workforce development in Rhode Island. Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS) are trained individuals who have lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction and provide one-on-one strengths-based support to peers in recovery.

BRSS TACS II builds upon the work completed in RI BRSS TACS. Specifically, the consumer survey was expanded into an online data collection system with easy access for agencies to data entry and live custom reports that show aggregated data summaries. The system allows for agencies to access only their own data and for BHDDH to the entire dataset to monitor statewide trends. A training registration system was also developed for use by agencies hosting PRS trainings. The system allows for the easy documentation of follow-up with trainees after the training to identify barriers to certification and employment.


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