ROCHESTER – SOS Recovery Community Organization (SOS) has been named the recipient of one of the awards for the 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity Grant, an intensive technical assistance opportunity for peer-run, recovery community, family-run, and youth- and young adult-run organizations. This technical assistance opportunity is offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS).
This is the second consecutive year SOS has applied for and received the BRSS-TACS Capacity Building Opportunity Grant. The grant, which is not a monetary award, focuses on evidence-based technical assistance.
According to SOS Director John Burns, in 2018 SOS engaged in this technical assistance for building capacity around peer recovery support services for criminal justice programs and re-entry. SOS utilized that support and assistance to build a very successful program for criminal justice supports in Strafford County. The 2019 application was accepted to allow SOS to focus on workforce development through peer recovery support services.
“We are excited and honored to take part in this program.” There is a clear need to build workforce in NH and we know we have many participants in our program that are seeking a meaningful and productive career in the workforce, “says Burns. “We hope to use this to improve our programs and abilities to build recovery friendly workplaces and connect participants in our programs to employers and supports.”
The mission of SOS is to reduce stigma and harm associated with substance use by providing safe space and peer-based supports for people in all stages of recovery. The vision of SOS is one that envisions a world where recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is possible and widely embraced through low-barrier access to inclusive and respectful support, and where all who seek long-term recovery have access to the care and resources they need to achieve their self-defined goals.
SOS is a program of Greater Seacoast Community Health, a non-profit 501c3, federally qualified health centers made up of Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, Families First in Portsmouth, and Lilac Pediatrics in Rochester. Greater Seacoast Community Health has been consistently delivering affordable, high quality care and services for nearly 50 years in the Seacoast and Strafford County.