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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!

Our Mission

We are the first federally funded initiative of our kind. Our mission is to serve as a resource for those doing the work of peer recovery support, helping the doers be bigger and better. We do this by offering training and technical assistance services to peers, organizations, and communities across the country.

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.

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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,