September 2022 - Issue 16
Listen to our Steering Committee members
weigh-in on what Recovery Month means to them!
The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is thrilled to partner with Mobilize Recovery in support of Recovery Month. You'll even meet some members of our members at stops along the way!
Learn more and get involved @ MobilizeRecovery
Training Series! Three Sessions Left!
Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists
Continuing monthly through the end of the year, the Peer Recovery CoE is hosting monthly training sessions for Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS).
The purpose of this training series is to provide recurring opportunities for peer recovery support specialists from across the country to build foundational skills that are necessary for effective peer support service provision. Each of the 6 topics will be offered twice per year* in order to accommodate PRSS who are new to the field and those who would like to brush up on their basics. Additionally, these trainings may serve as an option for TA requesters looking to build their skills as PRSS.
In complement to the Communities of Practice, these training sessions will be structured in such a way as to support concrete skill development including group discussion, presentation, facilitated activities, and more. Through this training series we aim to better equip the PRSS workforce with the skills necessary for the effective, professional, and intentional provision of peer support services. Find out more.
The Peer Recovery CoE hosts monthly communities of practice, a type of affinity call, as spaces for peer recovery support specialists and those who supervise them to network, learn, share, practice, and grow together. The goal of these calls is to bring together a variety of diverse perspectives from across the country to share in mutual learning that is centered on topics relevant to the peer workforce.
September CoP for Peer Support Recovery Specialists
Empowered Job Seeking in Peer Support Roles
September 21, @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern
Facilitators: Tim Saubers & Marguerit Galindo
August CoP for Peer Supervisors
Building Connection Using the Five Critical Functions of Supervision Part 2
September 28, @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern
Facilitators: Gita Enders & Jonathan Edwards
The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is heading to Puerto Rico!
October will be a busy month for the CoE. We will be exhibiting at the US Conference on HIV/AIDS from October 8-11, 2022. Shout out to all SAMHSA Minority AIDS Initiative grantees who may be attending, stop by and see us in booth 712!
The Peer Recovery CoE will also be exhibiting at the National Harm Reduction Conference in San Juan, PR from October 13 -16, 2022. We hope to see some of you there!
Organizational Stakeholders of the Month, Vol. 6
We invite you to give a listen to Recovery Talk, the PR CoE’s podcast that shares stories and information to provide hope and resources to the field of peer recovery. In this episode, our host spoke with one of our previously featured organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organization. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field!
Meet Our Organizational Stakeholders of the Month
The Peer Recovery CoE, along with our Steering Committee member, Michael King, are pleased to announce our latest Organizational Stakeholders of the Month! Each month, we will select a few of our stakeholders in order to highlight their incredible work at our monthly stakeholder calls, in the newsletter, and our podcast. Learn more about our featured stakeholders below.
SOAR Case Management, Inc. SOAR was founded in 1997 with the hope of improving the lives of individuals living with serious mental illness. SOAR's mission is to assist consumers in developing their capabilities, talents and aspirations in a culturally competent, trauma-informed and recovery-oriented manner.
SOAR strives on building supportive relationships based on mutual trust and respect while providing a warm, welcoming environment. SOAR offers a full range of services, advice and referrals for adults with mental health or substance use concerns. For over twenty years, SOAR has helped consumers recover and develop their capabilities with Comprehensive Community Services, a Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, Case Management, Recovery Dane Information and Referral, Certified Peer Specialists, and the Solstice House Peer-Run Respite and Warm Line.
California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP) serves as the vital link between government, consumers, program owners, and directors. CCAPP is the largest statewide consortium of community-based for-profit and nonprofit substance use disorder treatment agencies, and addiction focused professionals, providing services to over 100,000 California residents annually in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Its 22,000 individual members and 500 program and recovery residence members provide substance use disorder treatment services in the majority of the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) licensed and or/certified
sites throughout the state and constitutes the largest infrastructure of the state’s publicly funded substance use disorder treatment network. CCAPP is the only statewide consortium representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs.
St. Louis Empowerment Center is a peer run recovery drop-in center designed to meet the needs of individuals who have lived experience with mental health and or substance use issues. The center provides opportunities for program participants to create an empowering, non-hierarchal environment of their own design in which self-help and mutual aid flourish. Individuals at the Center develop skills and competencies through exposure to their peers. Support groups and educational programs are formed in response to the needs of those in attendance. Leadership skills develop because of the need for leadership. Decision-making is participatory and rules and standards of behavior are self-imposed and self-enforced.
The services promoted by the St. Louis Empowerment Center are used by people from all walks of life who are facing issues related to mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. Our goal is to provide a site where individuals can engage with peers, certified peer specialists, employment specialists and others within the framework of us as a consumer-operated service provider.