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Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence exists to enhance the field of peer recovery support services. Led by those with lived experience, Peer voice is at the core of our work and guides our mission. Peers - people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) - serve a valuable role in helping persons with SUD in achieving and maintaining long-term recovery. We are here to offer help from those who have done this work to those wanting to enhance or begin peer support services in their communities!

Optimizing Recovery Funding, Volumes 1 & 2

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence (PR CoE) with supplemental funding for a special project to identify and recommend best practices and strategies to optimize funding for high quality and effective recovery support services. The PR CoE's two-part approach for this project involved an assessment of the opportunities and barriers experienced by organizations in the ecosystem of recovery in accessing funding and a deep-dive analysis of how states are administering funds to support recovery services. Both parts of the project were conducted in collaboration with a panel of subject matter experts including individuals with lived experience in recovery. This report presents the findings and policy recommendations of the Optimizing Recovery
Funding project.


This brief video will give you an overview of the Optimizing Recovery Funding Volume 1: Barriers to Acquiring Funding for Organizations in the Ecosystem of Recovery.

Upon viewing the video you'll learn about the most comprehensive, broad, needs assessment to-date among organizations in the ecosystem of recovery as well as identifying barriers that the recovery community has experienced in acquiring funding from SAMHSA, states, and other sources.

Optimize Recovery Funding: Volume 1 on Vimeo.


Explainer Videos (Available in Spanish too!)

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is excited to share this series of explainer videos on topics that are foundational to the recovery community; Recovery Community Organizations, Peer Support, Recovery Capital, and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care. These concepts are familiar to the recovery community, but difficult to convey to the general, broader population in a succinct way. We are grateful to the PR CoE steering committee and peers partners for their input and support in the development of this series.

What is Peer Support?


What is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO)?


What is Recovery Capital?


What is a Recovery-Oriented System of Care?



We hope that you use these videos to communicate core elements of your services, messaging, and marketing. They are a free resource, and do not require permission to use them; embed them in a presentation, in your newsletter, on your website, on your social media or email them directly to your audience. Our hope is to create dialogue on all these very important elements of the recovery community. 

Our Mission

We envision a world where the peer workforce is diverse, understood, valued, trained, and integrated across systems.

Our Vision

The Peer Recovery CoE provides training & technical assistance to build and elevate an equitable peer workforce to deliver Peer Recovery Support Services. We accomplish this through supporting peer integration, Recovery Community Organization capacity building, peer workforce development, and evidence based practice dissemination.

Our Team

Our efforts are guided by our Peer-Led Steering Committee, a group of experts and peers in the field from across the nation, to ensure peer voice is at the center of all that we do. Additionally, the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) leads the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, in collaboration with National Council for Mental Wellbeing, University of Texas–Austin, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Our Focus



The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence cannot provide assistance in obtaining grants or provide funding to your organization. The Center provides no cost training and assistance to establish or build your peer recovery support services.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Shannon Roberts, Senior Program Manager, | Cindy Christy, Project Manager,