Behavioral Health Substance Use Recovery

Supporting and Advancing Wellness & Recovery

We believe that recovery is possible for everyone. Experiences of mental health and substance use disorders can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities—yet much is known about what works. We promote strategies to include peer specialists in health services, integrate behavioral health and primary care, and apply harm-reduction approaches to engage people at all stages of their journey.

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is one of C4’s major national projects. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this five-year effort brings together leaders from the mental health and addiction recovery worlds to design and implement a national strategy that provides recovery supports for all.

Our Expert Team

C4’s Behavioral Health and Recovery team, led by Livia Davis, includes people with lived experience of recovery as well as clinicians, researchers, trainers, writers, and product development experts. This team is a leading voice in promoting recovery-oriented models of care. For more information, contact Livia Davis. Click on team member’s name to learn more.
Livia DavisLivia Davis, M.S.W., C.S.W.M., Chief Learning Officer
Becca Albanese, M.P.H., Program Coordinator
Jennifer Battis, MRes., Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator
Ingrid Brugnoli-Ensin, B.S./B.A., Project Assistant
Jamie Bushell, M.S., Project Assistant
Wayne CentroneWayne Centrone, N.M.D., M.P.H., Senior Health Advisor
Effy Donovan
Effy Donovan, B.A., Program Assistant
Berkowitz EhlyRachel Ehly, M.P.A., Project Director
FosterSusan Foster, M.S., Clinical Specialist
Cheryl GagneCheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Senior Associate
Genesis Garcia, B.S., Program Coordinator
Laura Gillis, R.N., M.S., Chief Program Officer
Valerie GoldValerie Gold, M.P.A., Senior Project Director
Justine HansonJustine Hanson, Ph.D., Senior Associate
“KubyshkoMariya Kubyshko, B.A., Project Coordinator
Bethany Marcogliese
Bethany Marcogliese, Ph.D., Deputy Director
Lonnie McAdooLonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer
Jenna Neasbitt, M.S., Recovery Specialist
Steven SamraSteven Samra, M.P.A., Project Director
Robert SemberRobert Sember, A.B.D., M.A., Public Health Specialist
Sherwin SteenVicki Steen, B.A., Trainer
Courtney Williams, B.S., Project Coordinator
Sherrie Winton, Ph.D., Manager
Melissa Witham, M.P.A., Program Coordinator

Behavioral Health & Recovery Resources

Examples of Our Work

Celebrating Recovery

Learn more about Steven’s recovery journey.

Talking about Substance Use & Addiction

Recovery is possible for everyone. Words matter. Check out these tips for talking about substance use & addiction in supportive, solutions-based ways.

Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can be crucial for many people struggling with opioid use disorder. As part of our BRSS TACS project with SAMHSA, C4 developed a web-based, shared decision-making tool–Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder–that focuses on informed treatment choices for people seeking recovery. It assists in learning about MAT, comparing treatment options, and discussing preferences with a provider. The information is also available in a handbook.

RecoveryTrack Mobile App

In partnership with Treatment Research Institute (TRI), C4 is creating and evaluating a mobile app that supports adults in recovery from substance use disorders. Built around TRI’s RecoveryTrack outcomes monitoring system, clients answer questions that track their progress and can reach out to friends and family for support. The app also shares information with counselors to support treatment. It includes engaging features such as customized feedback, motivational supports, recovery support resources, and Expressive Digital Imagery. This project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Opioid Overdose Prevention

In partnership with Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, our Praxis team provides training to more than 30 drug and alcohol treatment programs on opioid overdose prevention and naloxone as well as HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and Harm Reduction. Focused on signs and symptoms of overdose and intervention strategies, the training helps build confidence to respond rapidly to opioid overdoses. Learn more.

Supporting Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health

C4 developed Strong and Informed: Supporting Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health, a website for families facing choices about their children’s mental health treatment. It helps families engage in Shared Decision Making with doctors, therapists, and other providers. It includes tools for weighing options and organizing information, tips from other parents, and resources on medications and other treatment options. The website is supported by SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS initiative.

Recovery Roadmap

Developed at Yale University, Person-Centered Care Planning engages providers and consumers to work collaboratively towards common treatment and recovery goals. Under a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), C4 partnered with Yale to develop and evaluate Recovery Roadmap, a web application to support Person-Centered Care Planning.

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Peer Delivered Recovery

Peers now play a critical role in recovery-oriented systems of care. Supported by SAMHSA, C4 has comprehensively reviewed how peers are best integrated into health and human service agencies. Using this information, we support organizations and states to include peers as key members of their treatment teams.