Tarrant County Recovery Initiative

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Committees

Each committee works on goals and makes adjustments as needed.

Housing

Chair, James Tapscott

  1. Partner with new housing landlords and educate them on what recovery is to eliminate their fear in allowing individuals in recovery to reside in their units, perhaps a group to advocate for this on behalf of all programs.     
  2. DSHS Peer Support to keep people successful once placed in housing, teach them about all available resources and expanding services.     
  3. Approach philanthropist community with the idea of funding for new units, rapid re-housing.  Increase awareness of tax credit available to properties that partner for affordable housing options. Consider Eviction Prevention Planning obligations.     
  4. Educate Landlords on the populations that we serve, which would increase housing opportunities for the people in our care and keep landlords property leased with assured money.     
  5. Eviction Prevention Planning – Help to educate residents regarding lease obligations and compliance to rules at the same time offer opportunities to teach residents new skills which is a proactive activity that could be done in classroom settings at shelters, treatment centers, etc.     
  6. Educate residents on resources in the community to connect them to area recovery meetings or locations where help is available.     
  7. Expand the availability of supportive housing (rental assistance and appropriate robust clinical services) for people who are homeless and addicted/in recovery. The service delivery will be informed by ROSC and will include peer support and landlord education.     
  8. Expend the availability of integrated primary care and behavioral health care for US/ES and PSH regardless of diagnostic severity (MI).     
  9. Enhance the capacity of street outreach service providers to rapidly rehouse people who are homeless and addicted.     

Social Media and Marketing

Chair, Cynthia Cuellar

  1. Identify policies that need to be addressed in the next legislative session and identify champions.     
  2. Education/Prevention Campaign to parents with children with a recognizable face.     
  3. Create a networking website for local, state, and national addiction professionals with a message board, a forum and a service coordination tool/app.     

Peer Recovery/Support Committee

Chair, Suzanne Lofton

  1. Have a client recovery success story to speak to those just beginning treatment.
  2. Increase continuum and advocacy with community lateral contacts.     
  3. Individualized assessments with individualized recommendations.     
  4. Develop a stronger working relationship with Tarrant County identifying recovery support services in the area.     
  5. Develop a resource database for MH, SA, Housing, Medical, Legal, Education, Child Care, Food and Peer Recovery Support services in Tarrant County.     
  6. Provide Recovery Support training in the community in both Dallas & Tarrant County.          
  7. Increased collaboration/communication between organizations with a recovery-focused interest and initiative, identify those that can offer community services or programs in addition to those that provide treatment only.     
  8. Build an asset map of organizations in Tarrant County that provide recovery-focused treatment, e.g. a service directory that is tangible and can be dispensed.     
  9. Develop a curriculum or standardized training for peer specialists provided through online avenues.     
  10. Form a “street team” of people in recovery to recruit SA users encouraging them to take the first step towards recovery.     
  11. Form a “transition team” of people who can call those waitlisted for treatment and to also be available to those just being released from treatment.     
  12. Form an “education team” of people in recovery to educate those who are not substance abuse users, e.g. family members to understand what it is like to be an addict and the experience of recovery.     
  13. A centrally located Peer Support Community Center providing services such as learning job interview skills, computer labs, coaching, social events and other resources.     
  14. Transportation assistance for those in recovery.     
  15. Integrate MH/SA and Medical together for a one stop shop.     
  16. Educate community with MH, SA recovery awareness. BEITZ, AA, Celebrate Recovery, Individual Aftercare Programs. Consider a Recovery Community Center.     
  17. Increase number of Peer Support employees by 5%.     
  18. Increase the number of clients being seen by 10%.     

Education and Employment

Chair, Johnnie Allen

  1. Weatherford College Substance Abuse Counseling will integrate principles of ROSC (Recovery Oriented System of Care) into their Curriculum as measured by learning objectives.     
  2. Tarrant County Adult Probation and Day Treatment Program will be educated in the language of the 12 Step Program (understandable by the general population) through verbal and written material.     
  3. School system – Get collaboration with experts in the field recognizing prevention and treatment and strengthen on-going relationships.     
  4. Computer access to all of the different services available all on one website.     
  5. Find all education services in Tarrant County and how to access them, e.g. JPS Mom & Baby Program – the different levels and how to be eligible.     
  6. Know available sources for monthly passes for transportation to school/work/support.     
  7. Implement a GED/H.S. Diploma program for persons with Substance Abuse Disorder.     
  8. Create a ROSC Tarrant County website with Education Links and a printable directory for agency referral purposes.     
  9. Hold another symposium focused on building relationships between the agencies providing the services
  10. Partner with Graffiti program for murals that promote recovery and provide printed materials at hospitals, shelters, libraries, etc
  11. Educate FWPD, EMT’s, Fire Department at ROSC workshops.