Expert Help & Training: Technical Assistance

Expert Help & Training: Technical Assistance

Provision of support to an organization to help develop the capacity of the organization in a targeted area.

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)

Consists of a network of 10 regional centers, a central coordinating office, a National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, and a National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC working in addiction treatment and recovery services. Promotes awareness and new and evidence-based practices and services for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance use disorders (SUDs). Facilitates the adoption of new technology by addiction treatment and recovery service providers. Offers education, training, resources, and information for the behavioral healthcare workforce in rural areas.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
AIDS Education and Training Center Program: National Coordinating Resource Center (AETC-NCRC)

Offers online training resources, technical assistance, capacity building support, and other services to help clinicians, clinics, and health systems provide high-quality HIV/AIDS care. Helps increase the number of healthcare professionals able and willing to offer effective counseling, diagnostic, treatment, mental health, and substance abuse services to people living with or at risk of contracting HIV.

Sponsor: HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)
Center for Court Innovation

Provides training and technical assistance to organizations, groups, and individuals, including judges, attorneys, justice officials, community organizations, and others working to create a more fair, effective, and humane justice system. Offers hands-on support to help plan, implement, and evaluate new policies, programs, practices, and technologies to achieve systemic change, resulting in safer communities, reduced incarceration, and improved community perceptions of and relations with law enforcement and the justice system. Focuses on the following areas of reform: preventing crime, rethinking incarceration, strengthening families, engaging communities, improving decision-making, aiding survivors, and advancing fairness.

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center)

Develops partnerships between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and community and faith-based organizations. Provides up-to-date information on federal health and human service activities and resources to help local organizations better serve their communities. Focuses on supporting grassroots efforts to address the issues of mental health, the opioid crisis, childhood obesity, and reforming and strengthening healthcare systems.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center)

Offers technical assistance to state and local educational agencies in developing and implementing plans to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into their academic programs and enhance school safety. Provides three tiers of assistance that range from general tools, resources, and information about SEL to working directly in extended partnership with educational agencies to develop comprehensive strategies to address SEL.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
ConnectHomeUSA

Public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and nonprofit, private, corporate, philanthropic, community, and local government stakeholders working to decrease the digital divide. Helps communities increase opportunities, information, and services with technology to help HUD-assisted residents' with their educational, professional, and health needs. Provides access to resources and includes success stories from tribal and rural communities.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program

Provides intensive technical assistance to rural healthcare providers in the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) service area in order to enhance healthcare delivery and improve health outcomes for residents in communities in the Delta region. Supports small rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and other healthcare organizations seeking to strengthen local healthcare systems by addressing gaps in service and improving quality to better meet community health needs.

Sponsor: Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
Family Drug Courts Training and Technical Assistance Program

Provides training and technical assistance to states, tribes, and local jurisdictions to develop, enhance, and sustain family treatment courts (FTC). Offers a range of resources, publications, and web-based learning tools to help implement evidence-based practices, strengthen family treatment court operations, and achieve better outcomes for participants. Promotes the use family treatment courts to provide safe environments for children and address the needs of justice-involved parents with substance use disorders (SUD) through intensive judicial monitoring and interventions to treat SUD and other co-occurring risk factors.

Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence (RCOE)

Provides technical assistance to help establish and expand recovery housing services and evidence-based treatment and prevention programs in over 100 counties highly impacted by substance use disorders (SUD) in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. The Fletcher Group RCOE is one of the Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders funded through HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) C.A.R.E.S. Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health

Supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in efforts to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority students entering behavioral health fields, including careers related to the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring mental health disorders (CODs). Helps students discover and access behavioral health as an area of study and behavioral health career opportunities. Raises awareness of inequities and health disparities among minority and marginalized communities affected by substance use and mental illness.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS) IT Network Operations and Support Center (NOSC)

Manages the Indian Health Service (IHS) wide area network, which enables the effective use of electronic health records and ensures the secure exchange of electronic health information between healthcare providers in order to improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Provides internet access and network connectivity to over 400 federal, tribal, and urban healthcare facilities in the IHS Wide Area Network that serve American Indian and Alaska Native people across 35 states, as well as to healthcare partners, such as insurance providers, laboratory services, and pharmacies.

Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Offers free, confidential, one-on-one consulting services on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for employers, employees, job seekers, and service providers. Provides expert guidance and practical solutions that help workers with disabilities thrive and help employers capitalize on the value and talent these workers possess. Serves as a leading source of information on disability and workplace accommodation and features a variety of tools, resources, training, and publications to support a disability-inclusive environment.

Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Project

Provides training and technical assistance to juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC) to enhance the capacity, knowledge, and skills of JDTC programs to effectively deliver services to justice-involved youth impacted by substance use and create safer and healthier communities. Offers resources, materials, and programming to support JDTCs in implementing best practices and building recovery capital and other support services for youth offenders and their families dealing with issues related to substance use.

Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)

Consists of a network of 10 regional resource centers, a central coordinating office, a National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, and a National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC that provide support to individuals and organizations working in the mental health field. Aims to raise the knowledge and skill base of the mental health workforce and promote the implementation of new and evidence-based practices for a full range of mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Offers a variety of education, training, resources, and information, with focus areas that include rural mental health; early childhood, youth, and young adults; suicide prevention; culturally informed practices; population-based approaches; and more.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

Provides technical assistance to improve and support state systems and local programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. Works with early childhood programs to reduce the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promote family engagement, use data for decision-making, integrate early childhood and infant mental health consultation, and foster inclusion.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

Delivers information, resources, technical assistance, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning to assess school climate, implement evidence-based programs to improve learning conditions, and measure outcomes in three core areas: providing a well-rounded education, improving the safety and health of students, and improving the effective use of technology. Offers multiple products, policy guides, toolkits, research, media, online events and training related to issues of substance and opioid abuse for students, families, schools, and communities.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
National Gang Center (NGC)

Offers a variety of evidence-based resources, information, training, strategic tools, technical assistance, and expert help to communities facing severe and emerging gang problems. Assists with the development of comprehensive strategies to prevent gang involvement, reduce gang-related crime and violence, and improve public safety and well-being in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation.

Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
National Mentoring Resource Center

Offers training and technical assistance to mentoring practitioners and programs seeking to implement and operate mentoring programs to achieve positive outcomes for justice-involved youth. Provides youth mentors with information, tools, program, and training materials to support the use of evidence-based practices and innovative models designed to increase the quality and effectiveness of various program types, including group, peer, school-based, or web-based mentoring. Promotes mentoring as an important approach to support youth safety and well-being, prevent or decrease their involvement with the justice system, and reduce crime.

Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

Consists of a network of community-based organizations working to eliminate behavioral health disparities and reduce mental health and substance use problems for racial and ethnic communities. Aims to achieve behavioral health equity by providing links to training, technical assistance, professional development opportunities, and information sharing to address the opioid epidemic, trauma, and other concerns related to substance abuse.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

Supports state Rural Transit Assistance Programs (RTAPs) and addresses the training and technical assistance needs of rural and tribal transit operators to help establish safe and efficient public transportation services across the nation. Aims to increase access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other activities in rural areas; coordinate transit services; and develop a national information database on the rural transportation industry.

Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Opioid Response Network State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Consortium

Provides free training, education, and technical assistance to increase access for communities to evidence-based practices for opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Connects community members with local technology specialists who are qualified to implement evidence-based practices.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center

Assists schools and school districts with the implementation of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to improving students' social, emotional, and physical well-being, reducing disruptive behavior, and creating a positive learning environment. Uses a multi-tiered framework that reaches all students while allowing for more focused intervention and support for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Includes resources and blueprints for implementing school-wide responses to the opioid crisis and substance abuse. Offers direct onsite technical assistance to district and state leadership teams as well as indirect assistance through online resources, national and regional conferences, and collaborations with other technical assistance centers and organizations.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC)

Consists of a network of 10 regional resource centers, a central coordinating office, a National Hispanic and Latino PTTC, and a National American Indian and Alaska Native PTTC that work to support effective substance use prevention interventions. Develops and disseminates education, training, resources, and information to raise awareness and promote the implementation of evidence-based prevention practices. Facilitates the adoption of new technology by individuals and organizations working in the field of substance use prevention. PTTC focus areas include community coalitions and collaborators; culturally and linguistically appropriate practices; data-informed decisions; evidence-based interventions; marijuana risk; opioid education; and workforce development.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Quality Payment Program (QPP) Support for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices

Offers technical assistance for clinicians in small, underserved, and rural practices to participate actively in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which establishes value-based payment systems and models for clinicians serving Medicare patients. Provides both program-level assistance to help participants understand QPP requirements and flexible options for small practices as well as practice-level assistance to successfully implement measures to improve quality and efficiency.

Sponsor: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center

Offers support services, technical assistance, information, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to help strengthen their emergency preparedness. Includes information and resources on the development of emergency operation plans, including how to prepare for opioid-related emergencies and support students dealing with substance use issues in rural and urban areas.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

Provides training and technical assistance to help states and communities establish local SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) programs. Supports SOAR model implementation, which is designed to increase access to Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) benefits for eligible children and adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Offers resources and training to enhance the ability of case managers to provide comprehensive SSI/SSDI application assistance to help individuals obtain their SSI/SSDI benefits, which can serve as an important resource to sustain individuals in treatment and recovery and secure permanent housing.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Provides training and technical assistance to help tribal jurisdictions develop new or strengthen existing healing to wellness courts. Offers up-to-date resources on effective, evidence-based strategies to address alcohol and substance use issues among justice-involved juveniles and adults in tribal areas using a treatment court model that incorporates culturally appropriate services, trauma-informed approaches, and traditional healing practices.

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
University of Rochester Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence (RCOE)

Offers technical assistance and information resources to help rural communities identify and implement evidence-based practices to reduce negative outcomes related to substance use disorder (SUD), including the use of synthetic opioids. Provides assistance to communities nationwide while partnering with 20 specific high-need Appalachian counties in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia to combat the opioid crisis. The UR Medicine RCOE is one of the Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders funded through HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction (CORA)

Supports capacity building efforts for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) in rural counties of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire disproportionately affected by SUD. Utilizes innovative technology and telehealth strategies to identify real-time needs in communities, disseminate education and resources on evidence-based approaches, and provide ongoing training and technical assistance to providers in order to more effectively address the needs of individuals with SUD and related issues. CORA is one of the Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders funded through HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)