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The University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) is excited to lead the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, guided by a peer-led Steering Committee and working with The National Council for Behavioral Health, University of Texas - Austin and University of Wisconsin - Madison.

UMKC has extensive history bringing research to practice, supporting organizations through change processes, and providing  high-quality training  and TA.  The infrastructure, program management and experience with training and TA in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings will support delivery of services for the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence.

In addition to serving as the National Coordinating Center, UMKC is focusing on Integration of Peer Support Services. This focus is led by Callan Howton, Director, howtonc@umkc.edu and Zac Talbott, Steering Committee. The Coordinating Center will also work closely with Sharon Hesseltine, Steering Committee Chair, and Michael King, Steering Committee member working toward national organizational engagement.


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The National Council for Behavioral Health has more than 40 years of experience as a national thought leader advancing modern, research-based training, TA, and knowledge transfer activities on topics of behavioral health. The NCBH has designed, implemented, and evaluated over 1,500 initiatives to improve behavioral health practice at local, state, and national levels. The NCBH has trained staff at numerous organizations in domains of mental health literacy and appropriate interventions to address behavioral health challenges.

NCBH is focusing on Evidence-Based Practices Dissemination. This focus is led by Tom Hill, TomH@TheNationalCouncil.org and Haner Hernandez, Steering Committee.


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University of Wisconsin-Madison houses The Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, a leader in supporting the behavioral health field. UW developed and promotes the NIATx model to facilitate organizational/systems change in human services settings and leads research to support people in SUD treatment. Research results include increased access to and retention in treatment and reduced relapse rates for people in recovery. UW currently serves as the Region 5 Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC.

UW is focusing on Recovery Community Organization Capacity Building. This effort is led by Kris Kelly at UW, kris.kelly@wisc.edu and Nell Hurley, Steering Committee.


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University of Texas at Austin, Addiction Research Institute, focuses on substance use recovery and long-term health and wellness. It has been the home of the Region 6 South Southwest ATTC for 25 years. UT has collaborated with the Texas behavioral health agency on planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the state’s transformation to a ROSC for SUD services. This initiative included development of local ROSC collaborations, TA for RCOs and existing SUD treatment providers in implementation of the recovery model and integration of PRSS.

UT is focusing on Peer Workforce Development. This effort is led by Maureen Nichols at UT, mnichols@austin.utexas.edu and Mark Sanders, Steering Committee.


Meet our Peer-Led Steering Committee

To ensure training, events and the mission of the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence are in line with peer recovery support specialists’ needs and visions for enhancing the field, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is guided by a peer-led steering committee made up of experts in the field from across the nation who are also peers in recovery from substance use disorder.

“When designing the Center, having a steering committee of diverse individuals in recovery was a must have component. As a Center focusing on peer recovery, having a peer led steering committee ensures inclusion of the voices of peer recovery support specialists and people in recovery,” said Howton, Director.

Our Steering Committee members:

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Haner Hernandez, focusing on Evidence-Based Practices
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Nell Hurley, focusing on Recovery Community Organizations
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Mark Sanders, focusing on Workforce Development