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Shandelle Friedman is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with 2 years of experience working in the field. Working with members of her local Sober Squad Chapter, she developed a desire to help others navigate the challenges faced by those recovering from substance use challenges. She now works as an ADC-T for her organization and finds peer support to be a vital part of the recovery process.


Building and retaining a strong team is critical. This miniseries will focus on core tools of the NIATx (Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment) model of process improvement that can be easily adapted to any work team and used as an effective strategy for engaging team members. Come learn these simple tools and explore how you can use them to strengthen team engagement.


This event has passed, but you can find the recordings and handouts in our Product Library.

Session Description:

In session 1, Data Inventories and Mapping, participants will explore the available data management systems for tracking Peer Recovery Support Services and ways to collect, process, govern, share, and analyze the data collected. Participants will create a recovery asset and resource map with data sources for their organization. In session 2, participants will learn about the importance of data collection in RCOs and how to choose a ‘right-sized’ approach and system for their organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss examples of how data is collected in recovery organizations
  • Create a recovery asset and resource map outlining commonly used recovery assets and resources to identify where data lives
  • Understand how to use data inventories to select the right sized data management system
  • Review current data management systems strengths and deficiencies
  • Select data management system that will facilitate better reporting and decision-making with accurate and accessible data
  • Describe how to utilize data for sharing, governance, and sustainability

Facilitators: Bethany Fatupaito, MPH & Allyson Kelley, DrPH


  • April 11th
  • April 25th

Register once to attend both sessions.


This community of practice will focus on understanding how we define lived experience. It will explore the impact of limiting the definition of lived experience to mental health and / or substance use challenges on peer support. There will also be discussion of how we can find connection and provide peer support even when we don’t have the same lived experience as the people we’re providing services to.


Sera Davidow is a filmmaker, activist, advocate, author, and mother of two very busy kids. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as a child and relationship violence as an adult, Sera has faced many challenges throughout her own healing process, including many ups and downs with suicidal thoughts, and self-injury. At present, she spends much of her time working as Director of the Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community), which includes Afiya Peer Respite, recently recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of about two dozen exemplary, rights-based programs operating across the world. She also serves on several boards including the Massachusetts Disability Law Center (DLC) Board of Directors, the Disability Law Center's Council Against Institutional and Psychiatric Abuse (CAIPA), as an advisory board member for the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTM), and as a founding Board member of Hearing Voices USA.


Peer Support is a distinct practice with its own principles and practices. In our daily challenges to meet people’s needs, peerness can be left behind. This interactive discussion will revisit what PEER means (and doesn’t mean) and what it looks like in daily practice as a self-check for us all.


This event has passed, but you can find the recordings and handouts in our Product Library.

Session Description:

In Managing Nonprofit Financial Operations, participants will delve into financial management and how to effectively oversee financial operations. Learn about the foundation and importance of nonprofit finance and how peer-run organizations maximize effectiveness and sustainability when making financial decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the importance of operating a nonprofit with a financial focus
  • Understand how to read balance sheets and make decisions
  • Recognize how nonprofit professionals utilize financial operations to promote sustainability
  • Understand the importance of data in building capacity for peer run organizations

Facilitators: Amy Brinkley, CRS/CHW, CAPRCII & John Mark Froiland, PhD


  • May 2nd
  • May 16th

Register once to attend both sessions.



In this kickoff meeting we'll introduce the project facilitators and participating organizations. We'll also spend time reviewing the project goals and expectations. You'll have the chance to connect with the facilitator that you'll be working with as well as others in your cohort.

Please note that this event is a part of a series that is currently full and no longer accepting registrations. We will be running the series again, so keep an eye out for the application later this fall!


Following the listening session, How do we support and grow the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Recovery Community?, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, in partnership with Communities for Recovery, is hosting monthly virtual networking space to continue the conversation. Our hope is to gather community stakeholders - members of the DHH community in or seeking recovery, DHH peer recovery support workers, professionals serving the DHH recovery community, and leaders interested in growing the infrastructure and support for the DHH peer recovery specialist workforce - to discuss what is working and identifying potential solutions to the barriers the DHH peer workforce is facing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and nurture networking within the DHH recovery community
  • Explore strengths and identify barriers for DHH peer recovery professionals
  • Discover strategies to develop the DHH peer recovery workforce
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