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Get to Know the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded the National Peer-Run Training and Technical Assistance Center for Addiction Recovery Peer Support to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). UMKC, along with our partners - National Council for Behavioral Health, University of Texas - Austin, and University of Wisconsin - Madison, worked to appoint a peer-led steering committee for the new Center. Peer voice is at the core of our work and guides our mission to enhance the field of substance use peer support services. We are here to offer help from those who have done this work for those wanting to enhance or begin peer support services in their communities!

Working with our peer-led steering committee, we have become known as the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence. We have four focus areas: Clinical Integration of Peers into Non-Traditional Settings, Recovery Community Organization Capacity Building, Peer Workforce Development, and Evidence-Based Practice & Practice-Based Evidence Dissemination. Training and events will center around these focus areas. In addition, starting in early 2021, we will accept TA requests from anyone in need of training from across the nation for technical assistance relating to substance use disorder peer support services.

New Resources from the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

Comparative Analysis of State Requirements
for Peer Support Specialist Training and Certification in the US

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share Comparative Analysis of State Requirements for Peer Support Specialist Training and Certification in the United States. In recent decades, there has been increased recognition of the value of peer recovery support services in the behavioral health field. As recognition and evidence for best practices continue to emerge, each state is continually updating its training and certification requirements to improve the quality and practices of peer support in their communities. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of state peer recovery trainings and certifications as well as provide recommendations to better support those individuals seeking information about the peer support specialist certification application process.

   

Building and Strengthening the Capacity of Recovery Community Organizations:
Results of a Needs Assessment Across U.S. RCOs

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share Building and Strengthening the Capacity of Recovery Community Organizations: Results of a Needs Assessment Across U.S. RCOs. The purpose of this multi-modal needs assessment of RCOs within the 10 HHS regions was to determine strengths and challenges across RCO setting types in order to guide the future endeavors of the PR CoE, specifically through the provision of learning collaboratives and technical assistance. Through the utilization of digital surveys, regional stakeholder interviews and regional listening sessions, we were able to identify gaps in services and RCO resources, as well as an informed prioritization of future trainings and assistance offerings. This information will not only serve as guidance for the PR CoE, but is also available for those serving in any capacity with an RCO who might be seeking direction in allocating resources, financial or otherwise. We know that recovery is possible. And this hope inspires us to believe in the power of the collective. Together, we can work toward building and strengthening the capacity of Recovery Community Organizations.

   

Increasing Accessibility with Translation & Interpretation Services Toolkit

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share Increasing Accessibility with Translation & Interpretation Services Toolkit. With the growing number of those with limited English proficiency (LEP), substance use disorder and mental health facilities would benefit from providing extensive language services. Expanding language services increases inclusivity and care volume. The relationship between a peer support worker and a peer is the foundation to effective treatment and recovery support. To provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to people with LEP, we outlined steps you can take to plan and implement translation and interpretation services.

   

Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share our Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit. We believe that employers play a critical role in fighting the disease of addiction, and we want to make it easier for you to better understand how to create and maintain recovery friendly practices in your company. In this toolkit, we introduce what substance use disorder is, its impact in the workplace, and how to create and support a Recovery Friendly Workplace. The goal of this toolkit is to provide you with practical tools and information. Too often, we ignore problems and do not provide resources to help people take action. This is just a small sample of what you can do for your employees and how being a Recovery Friendly Workplace can benefit your company as well.

   

Peer Recovery Support: Evolving Roles and Settings: A Literature Review

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share Peer Recovery Support: Evolving Roles and Settings: A Literature Review. Peers serve many roles in many settings. There is emerging research that explores the value of using peer recovery support services (PRSS) across these settings. This literature review was put together in an effort to gather all of the information into one place as well as identify gaps in order to make recommendations for the future. In it, you will find an overview of current settings utilizing peer recovery support services, key findings, and recommendations for future study. This information deepens our understanding of the peer roles, job functions, and tasks in a wide range of settings. The research is promising—and there is much more to do to grow PRSS further.

 

What Is Available?

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence has a wide range of experts available at our Center, through our consultants, partner organizations and our peer-led steering committee. Utilizing the knowledge and skills of these experts, we will offer up to date training and widely available resources and through our TA request form we can tailor assistance to your specific needs and requests. This may look like:

How Can I Access Assistance?

Individuals make a request by completing a TA request form. A member of our team will reach out to you within 48 business hours to gather more information and discuss your request in detail. From there, we will offer training opportunities, materials and/or individualized technical assistance.

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: Callan Montgomery, PI, howtonc@umkc.edu | Shannon Roberts, Senior Program Manager, slroberts@umkc.edu | Cindy Christy, Project Manager, christyc@umkc.edu