Who We Are
The New England MHTTC is led by Yale University's Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), in partnership with C4 Innovations and Harvard University.
You can learn more about each of our areas of focus by reading below.
Yale University's Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH)
The Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) is a research, policy, and training and consultation unit within the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. PRCH consists of a diverse multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team of practitioners, researchers, educators, and advocates whose mission is to promote recovery and the restoration of citizenship among individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. With over half of the PRCH faculty and staff being in recovery, and basing much of our work on qualitative and narrative studies of persons’ first-hand experiences of disability and recovery, the work carried out by PRCH is especially attentive and responsive to the preferences, perspectives, needs, and values of persons in recovery and their loved ones. Research includes the development and evaluation of innovative, peer-based and culturally responsive behavioral health services and community partnerships within the context of mutually beneficial academic/ public collaborations between PRCH and local, state, and federal governmental institutions and community agencies addressing the interface of behavioral health and membership in society. Other work includes training, consultation, and technical assistance in collaboration with individuals in recovery, practitioners, organizations, and systems of care attempting to transform behavioral health services to be re-oriented to promoting recovery and citizenship.
C4 Innovations advances recovery, wellness, and housing stability for people who are marginalized. We are committed to reducing disparities and achieving equitable outcomes. We partner with service organizations, communities, and systems to develop and implement research-based solutions that are person-centered, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed. Our staff has led federal, state, regional, and local projects to develop and implement recovery-oriented services and supports and has provided training, technical assistance, and consultation to support recovery. Our team includes service providers, trainers, researchers, and people who have experienced mental illness, substance use, trauma, and homelessness. We partner with treatment and prevention experts to ensure coordinated responses. Our work is grounded in our experience with providing and participating in mental health and addiction services. People with lived experience are at the forefront of our work to ensure real-world expertise is embedded in all we do.
Here are some highlights of our work:
- SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) (2011-present): We help programs, systems, states, territories, and tribes implement effective recovery supports and services. We provide training and technical assistance; support peer-run, recovery community, and family-run organizations; develop shared decision-making tools and other recovery resources; create policy and practice guidelines; and plan and execute expert panels, national and regional summits, state policy academies, learning communities, and virtual events. Through our work with BRSS TACS, we have reached more than 22,000 people with training, technical assistance and resources since September 2016.
- Praxis (2013-present): In partnership with the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), our Praxis team provides free training and technical assistance to all funded addiction treatment programs. We support professionals in delivering recovery-oriented, trauma-informed services to people living with substance use disorder and related challenges. We use the latest research to deliver cutting edge training and technical assistance. Our staff is comprised of experienced public health professionals with a deep commitment to and understanding of trauma-informed, person-centered models of care as well as research-based service delivery.
- MassHealth Technical Assistance Program (2018-present): As a Technical Assistance (TA) Vendor under the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Payment Reform Technical Assistance Program (MassHealth TA Program), we deliver technical assistance to Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners that are contracted with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to provide care and services for MassHealth members. Our work focuses on care coordination and integration and community-based care and social determinants of health.
In addition to the above, we have also created resources and products that promote recovery, enhance provider skill.
The Harvard team brings extensive early psychosis expertise, including in psychopharmacology, transition age youth, cognitive rehabilitation, disorder-specific psychotherapy, and coordinated care. Early intervention in psychosis promotes recovery by intervening before fully psychotic symptoms occur or as early as possible during the course of a psychotic episode. This treatment aims to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis and help an individual to continue to function in work or school. Through engagement in early psychosis services, individuals can receive care in a non-stigmatizing environment, make meaning of their psychotic spectrum experiences, and work towards their individual goals. Early psychosis care is person-centered and recovery-oriented, helping each person work towards their unique recovery goals. To see one example of our work, check out the Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment.