Submit TA RequestNewsletter Signup
Purple and grey Peer Recovery combination mark logo
samhsa

Our Products

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) or substance use challenges—serve a valuable role in helping persons with substance use challenges 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! Below is a library of reports, toolkits, previous trainings, and other products we have created for the field.

We are still in the midst of uploading the recordings of our previous trainings onto this page. If you're not finding what you are looking for here, check out our Vimeo page.

If you would like to check out other resources from the field, please see our Resource Library.

Product Type
Product Topic
Search Terms

Multimedia

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Session 2 focused on strategic planning using an appreciative inquiry approach. Learning objectives were: Understand the basics and benefits of Appreciative Inquiry Come away with specific action plans that will help their organizations build capacity and sustainability. Define purpose and map strengths Share strengths, define values and guiding principles Identify opportunity areas Construct an action plan You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Session 2 focused on strategic planning using an appreciative inquiry approach. Learning objectives were:

  • Understand the basics and benefits of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Come away with specific action plans that will help their organizations build capacity and sustainability.
  • Define purpose and map strengths
  • Share strengths, define values and guiding principles
  • Identify opportunity areas
  • Construct an action plan

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

Multimedia

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Session 1 focused on building a work plan. Learning objectives were: Gain insight into the rationale and basic components of a work plan Be able to tie your work plan to the organizational mission and strategic priorities Identify tasks, milestones, deliverables, resources, budgetary requirements, and timelines to include in your own plan You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Session 1 focused on building a work plan. Learning objectives were:

  • Gain insight into the rationale and basic components of a work plan
  • Be able to tie your work plan to the organizational mission and strategic priorities
  • Identify tasks, milestones, deliverables, resources, budgetary requirements, and timelines to include in your own plan

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

Report

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share an updated version of our 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. The information in this report reflects the current status of state approved training and certification for behavioral health peer support specialists in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas and Puerto Rico, as of January 2, 2023.

The Peer Recovery CoE is pleased to share an updated version of our 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. The information in this report reflects the current status of state approved training and certification for behavioral health peer support specialists in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas and Puerto Rico, as of January 2, 2023.

Report

In 2021, The National Council for Mental Wellbeing conducted a literature review (Peer Recovery Support: Evolving Roles and Settings, a Literature Review) to synthesize the current evidence related to the continued evolution of PRSS and the broader integration of peers into increasingly diversified community settings as well as to identify persisting gaps in the research. Since 2021, further research has been conducted on these topics with new and highly relevant themes, directions, and outcomes. In an effort to continue to highlight emerging literature and best practices in the field, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has developed this document as an update to the previous Literature Review.

In 2021, The National Council for Mental Wellbeing conducted a literature review (Peer Recovery Support: Evolving Roles and Settings, a Literature Review) to synthesize the current evidence related to the continued evolution of PRSS and the broader integration of peers into increasingly diversified community settings as well as to identify persisting gaps in the research. Since 2021, further research has been conducted on these topics with new and highly relevant themes, directions, and outcomes. In an effort to continue to highlight emerging literature and best practices in the field, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has developed this document as an update to the previous Literature Review.

Podcast

In this episode, our host spoke with some of our previously featured organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organizations. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field with Bobbi-Jo Reed of Healing House and Norma Jaeger of Recovery Idaho! Links mentioned in the episode: Healing House KC Bobby Jo: Under the Influence Recovery Idaho

In this episode, our host spoke with some of our previously featured organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organizations. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field with Bobbi-Jo Reed of Healing House and Norma Jaeger of Recovery Idaho!

Links mentioned in the episode:

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this first episode of the series, I talk with Tim about his presentation on ethics within the provision of peer recovery support services. In addition to leading our workforce development team, Tim is a person with lived experience with both mental health and substance use challenges who got his start as a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist in 2016, and has worked in direct support and supervisory roles. Tim has no formal education beyond his high school diploma and Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Certification. He believes strongly in the value of his lived experiences and learned skills, and advocates for greater recognition and compensation of those without higher education across the field of behavioral health.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this first episode of the series, I talk with Tim about his presentation on ethics within the provision of peer recovery support services. In addition to leading our workforce development team, Tim is a person with lived experience with both mental health and substance use challenges who got his start as a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist in 2016, and has worked in direct support and supervisory roles. Tim has no formal education beyond his high school diploma and Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Certification. He believes strongly in the value of his lived experiences and learned skills, and advocates for greater recognition and compensation of those without higher education across the field of behavioral health.

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this second episode of the series, Tim talks with Nze Okoronta about supporting people navigating “crisis.” Nze is the Peer Services Manager for Solstice House, a peer-run respite and warmline operated by SOAR Case Management, a small nonprofit organization in Madison, WI with the mission of serving individuals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges. Nze is passionate about peer support in Wisconsin and views peer support work as a fundamentally restorative practice. She believes peer work has the power to reduce and prevent systemic harm, support marginalized communities in a more complete way, and bring radical acceptance to the forefront of mental health and substance use care.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this second episode of the series, Tim talks with Nze Okoronta about supporting people navigating “crisis.” Nze is the Peer Services Manager for Solstice House, a peer-run respite and warmline operated by SOAR Case Management, a small nonprofit organization in Madison, WI with the mission of serving individuals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges. Nze is passionate about peer support in Wisconsin and views peer support work as a fundamentally restorative practice. She believes peer work has the power to reduce and prevent systemic harm, support marginalized communities in a more complete way, and bring radical acceptance to the forefront of mental health and substance use care.

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this third episode of the series, Tim speaks with Sera Davidow about developing skills as a professional. Sera 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.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this third episode of the series, Tim speaks with Sera Davidow about developing skills as a professional. Sera 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.

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this fourth episode of the series, Tim speaks with Shandelle Friedman exploring multiple pathways to recovery. Shandelle 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.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this fourth episode of the series, Tim speaks with Shandelle Friedman exploring multiple pathways to recovery. Shandelle 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.

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this fifth episode of the series, Tim speaks with Mx. Yaffa about developing advocacy skills. They are an award-winning disabled, mad, trans, queer, Muslim, indigenous Palestinian. Mx. Yaffa conducts transformative work around displacement, decolonization, equity, and centering lived experiences of individuals most impacted by injustice. Mx. Yaffa is a storyteller and an equity and transformation consultant, having shared their story with over 100,000 audience members at speaking events globally. Mx. Yaffa has worked in over two dozen countries, and specializes in global and community vision building.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this fifth episode of the series, Tim speaks with Mx. Yaffa about developing advocacy skills. They are an award-winning disabled, mad, trans, queer, Muslim, indigenous Palestinian. Mx. Yaffa conducts transformative work around displacement, decolonization, equity, and centering lived experiences of individuals most impacted by injustice. Mx. Yaffa is a storyteller and an equity and transformation consultant, having shared their story with over 100,000 audience members at speaking events globally. Mx. Yaffa has worked in over two dozen countries, and specializes in global and community vision building.

Podcast

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field. In this sixth and final episode of the series, Tim speaks with Jessi Davis about understanding and supporting mental health experiences. Jessi is an experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery fields. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. Currently working at the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Jessi works to provide support, technical assistance, and training to the peer workforce throughout the 5 states and all tribal communities within Region 6. They have spent much of their career focused on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support and are currently the President of the National Association of Peer Supporters.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers, who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In this sixth and final episode of the series, Tim speaks with Jessi Davis about understanding and supporting mental health experiences. Jessi is an experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery fields. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. Currently working at the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Jessi works to provide support, technical assistance, and training to the peer workforce throughout the 5 states and all tribal communities within Region 6. They have spent much of their career focused on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support and are currently the President of the National Association of Peer Supporters.

Series

In late 2022, Tim Saubers who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The training series provided recurring opportunities for peer recovery support specialists from across the country to build foundational skills that are necessary for effective peer support service provision. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

In late 2022, Tim Saubers who leads our workforce development team, hosted a 6-month Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. The training series provided recurring opportunities for peer recovery support specialists from across the country to build foundational skills that are necessary for effective peer support service provision. The series was so well attended and in demand, that we also offered it in early 2023. In this podcast series, Tim sits down to have a conversation with each facilitator to have a deeper discussion with them about their presentation and what it means for the field.

1 2 3 4 6

Featured Products

Series

Explainer Videos

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.

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.

  1. What is Peer Support?
  2. What is a Recovery Community Organization?
  3. What is Recovery Capital?
  4. What is a Recovery-Oriented System of Care?

Haga clic aquí para videos explicativos en español

 

READ MORE

Report

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.

READ MORE
Contact Us
© Copyright 2022 Peer Recovery CoE - All Rights Reserved

Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

magnifiercrosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram