The Technical Assistance Coalition 2015 Assessment Papers are Now Available

Through our Technical Assistance Coalition (TAC) contract, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) supports NASMHPD in developing up to ten Assessments and Analyses to benefit state behavioral health systems to move our field forward in the context of a rapidly changing healthcare environment.  The links to the 2015 Assessments and Analyses is below and the assessment topics are the following:

  1. “Pillars of Peer Support: Peer Specialist Supervision” - NASMHPD worked with Dr. Allen Daniels to develop a report, stemming from the Pillars of Peer Support Summit at the Carter Center in Atlanta, showcasing how SMHAs can use and train the Supervisors of Peer Support Specialists to enhance the role and impact of Certified Peer Support Specialists.
  2. “NASMHPD State Survey on Medicaid Funding for Housing Supports and Services” - NASMHPD staff worked with the NASMHPD Housing Task Force and David Schultz, former Minnesota Adult Mental Health Program Director to develop a survey and report on how SMHAs can better use Medicaid to strengthen Housing Services and Supports.
  3. “Care Transition Interventions to Reduce Psychiatric Re-Hospitalizations” - NASMHPD worked with Dr. Harold Pincus, of New York Presbyterian Hospital, to develop an assessment to bolster Community Integration by outlining best practices of the Continuity of Care from State Hospitals into the Community.
  4. “Partnering with Tribal Governments to Meet the Mental Health Needs of American Indian/Alaska Native Consumers” - NASMHPD worked with the Nation Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), Holly Echo-Hawk, and Dolores Jimerson to develop a toolkit for State Mental Health Authorities (SMHAs) on how to better partner and work with Native American and Tribal communities to establish Peer Support.
  5. “Being Seen! : Establishing Deaf to Deaf Peer Support Services and Training” - NASMHPD worked with the Transformation Center in Massachusetts to develop a resource for SMHAs on how to better partner and work with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing consumers and communities.
  6. “Olmstead Risk Assessment and Planning Checklist” - NASMHPD worked with NASDDDS to develop a Guide to States for Assessing and Minimizing Olmstead Risk. 
  7. “The Role of Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care: How Partnerships with States Can Achieve Shared Goals” - NASMHPD worked with the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) to develop a toolkit for SMHAs on The Role and Use of Family Organizations in Systems of Care.
  8. Serving Youth with Co-Occurring Developmental and Behavioral Disorders” - NASMHPD worked with the Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development and NADD to develop a Best Practices Guide for Integrated Care of Children experiencing issues with both Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.
  9. “The Un-coordinated Costs of Behavioral and Primary Health Care: An Analysis of State Studies” – The NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI) developed an assessment of the cost of uncoordinated care between primary and behavioral healthcare.
  10. “Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Systems: Identifying New Opportunities for Information Exchange” - The NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI) developed a State Guide on better navigating both the criminal justice and mental health systems.