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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.

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Well-crafted job descriptions are an essential part of the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process. Developing the job description helps a team to clarify the specific needs of your program, ensuring that the position you are hiring fits the program design. Pre-hire, an effective job description lets candidates know exactly what the position they are applying for will entail. It also helps the hiring committee to create an effective interview process. Post-hire, the job description helps new hires to be clear on their roles and tasks, guides the delivery of services, and promotes best practices in peer support work. This tool will help you to: Define what peer practice means for your organization. Identify the specific competencies, core tasks and responsibilities for the peer support worker(s) in your program. Consider some unique challenges in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding peer support workers.

Well-crafted job descriptions are an essential part of the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process. Developing the job description helps a team to clarify the specific needs of your program, ensuring that the position you are hiring fits the program design. Pre-hire, an effective job description lets candidates know exactly what the position they are applying for will entail. It also helps the hiring committee to create an effective interview process. Post-hire, the job description helps new hires to be clear on their roles and tasks, guides the delivery of services, and
promotes best practices in peer support work.

This tool will help you to:

  • Define what peer practice means for your organization.
  • Identify the specific competencies, core tasks and responsibilities for the peer support worker(s) in your program.
  • Consider some unique challenges in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding
    peer support workers.

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This poster was developed in collaboration with SAMHSA's Technology Transfer Centers and the Opioid Response Network to help reduce stigma around pregnant and postpartum people with substance use challenges by promoting the use of destigmatizing, person-first language. Person-first language maintains the integrity of individuals as whole human beings by removing language that has negative connotations or equates a person to their condition. This type of language can shift the way people who use substances or with substance use challenges are viewed. Additional Resources: Peer Based Recovery Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families Maternal Health and Substance Use: Uncovering the Stigma and Shame of Mothers Struggling with Substance Use Recommended Terminology for Substance Use Disorders in the Care of Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Families Addiction Language Guide Words Matter: Preferred Language for Talking About Addiction Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy: Improving Outcomes for Families

This poster was developed in collaboration with SAMHSA's Technology Transfer Centers and the Opioid Response Network to help reduce stigma around pregnant and postpartum people with substance use challenges by promoting the use of destigmatizing, person-first language. Person-first language maintains the integrity of individuals as whole human beings by removing language that has negative connotations or equates a person to their condition. This type of language can shift the way people who use substances or with substance use challenges are viewed.

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Podcast

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with a few of our organizational stakeholders. In this 13th episode of the series, we talk with Stefanie Robinson of Hope Recovery Community, and Patty McCarthy of Faces and Voices of Recovery. Find out more about Recovery Month.

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with a few of our organizational stakeholders.

In this 13th episode of the series, we talk with Stefanie Robinson of Hope Recovery Community, and Patty McCarthy of Faces and Voices of Recovery. Find out more about Recovery Month.

Podcast

This month, we are bringing you an episode inspired by the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health’s Clinician Café: Utilizing the Intersection of Family Planning and Harm Reduction in Communities. In this episode, I talk with Casey Johnson, a harm reduction specialist, and Russell Campillo, a peer educator. They share their personal experience engaging with clinicians, the intersection of harm reduction and sexual reproductive health, and what guidance they have for clinicians addressing harm reduction with their patients.

This month, we are bringing you an episode inspired by the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health’s Clinician Café: Utilizing the Intersection of Family Planning and Harm Reduction in Communities. In this episode, I talk with Casey Johnson, a harm reduction specialist, and Russell Campillo, a peer educator. They share their personal experience engaging with clinicians, the intersection of harm reduction and sexual reproductive health, and what guidance they have for clinicians addressing harm reduction with their patients.

Podcast

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with one of our organizational stakeholders. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Mo of Straight Up Care.

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with one of our organizational stakeholders. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Mo of Straight Up Care.

Podcast

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with one of our organizational stakeholders. In this episode, we talk with Donald Gunther of Mary Hall Freedom Village.

This month, we are bringing you another conversation with one of our organizational stakeholders. In this episode, we talk with Donald Gunther of Mary Hall Freedom Village.

Podcast

In this first episode of the year for us, we’ve brought Tim Saubers back to host a conversation around the intersection of harm reduction and peer support: moving beyond abstinence-based models. In December of last year, Tim hosted a similar conversation for his communities of practice series. In this episode, Tim talks with Jose Martinez of the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and Arc Telos Saint Amour and Shayn McDonald both of Youth MOVE National, to get their perspectives on the subject.

In this first episode of the year for us, we’ve brought Tim Saubers back to host a conversation around the intersection of harm reduction and peer support: moving beyond abstinence-based models. In December of last year, Tim hosted a similar conversation for his communities of practice series. In this episode, Tim talks with Jose Martinez of the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and Arc Telos Saint Amour and Shayn McDonald both of Youth MOVE National, to get their perspectives on the subject.

Podcast

This month, we are bringing you an episode hosted by my colleague, Steph Spitz. In it, she talks with Kasey Edwards Snider of Providence Project Nurture and Sarah Bovee of Legacy Midwifery Project Nurture about perinatal harm reduction and the vital role a doula with lived experience plays in the lives of pregnant people with substance use challenges. You can reach our guests at their work numbers: Sarah at 503-347-3168 and Kasey at 971-808-6217.

This month, we are bringing you an episode hosted by my colleague, Steph Spitz. In it, she talks with Kasey Edwards Snider of Providence Project Nurture and Sarah Bovee of Legacy Midwifery Project Nurture about perinatal harm reduction and the vital role a doula with lived experience plays in the lives of pregnant people with substance use challenges.

You can reach our guests at their work numbers: Sarah at 503-347-3168 and Kasey at 971-808-6217.

Video

Series

The first two webinars in the series, The Intersection of Prevention & Recovery, Parts I & II, were designed to inform and raise awareness of prevention and recovery community professionals about the intersection between SUD prevention and recovery approaches. This series demonstrated how the fields of prevention and recovery share common goals and explore ways professionals can collaborate and coordinate activities that work toward improving community health and wellness.

The first two webinars in the series, The Intersection of Prevention & Recovery, Parts I & II, were designed to inform and raise awareness of prevention and recovery community professionals about the intersection between SUD prevention and recovery approaches. This series demonstrated how the fields of prevention and recovery share common goals and explore ways professionals can collaborate and coordinate activities that work toward improving community health and wellness.

Video

A recovery-oriented system of care is a range of personalized supports used to treat substance use disorders that work together to foster healthy growth and a meaningful life.

A recovery-oriented system of care is a range of personalized supports used to treat substance use disorders that work together to foster healthy growth and a meaningful life.

Curriculum or Toolkit

This toolkit and PPT template are companion products for the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery webinar series. The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence in collaboration with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network, developed a companion product for the webinar series the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery. The companion product, The Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery: Learning Community Toolkit, can be facilitated by any interested organization or community that would like to create action steps toward breaking down silos and nurturing relationships between the fields of harm reduction, prevention, and recovery. After viewing the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery webinars, the Learning Community Toolkit walks you through the process of developing a series of Learning Labs (facilitated virtually) from start to finish. The toolkit includes facilitators agenda, participant application process, screening applications, sample timelines and email templates, and PowerPoint template slides. If you have any questions about the toolkit, please reach out to Kris Kelly, kris.kelly@wisc.edu.   Download Powerpoint slide template

This toolkit and PPT template are companion products for the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery webinar series.

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence in collaboration with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network, developed a companion product for the webinar series the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery. The companion product, The Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery: Learning Community Toolkit, can be facilitated by any interested organization or community that would like to create action steps toward breaking down silos and nurturing relationships between the fields of harm reduction, prevention, and recovery.

After viewing the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery webinars, the Learning Community Toolkit walks you through the process of developing a series of Learning Labs (facilitated virtually) from start to finish. The toolkit includes facilitators agenda, participant application process, screening applications, sample timelines and email templates, and PowerPoint template slides.

If you have any questions about the toolkit, please reach out to Kris Kelly, kris.kelly@wisc.edu.

 

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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