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Resource Library

Welcome to the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence’s Resource Library. We have curated these resources in order to support peers and organizations who offer peer recovery support services (PRSS). Resources include toolkits, journal articles, multimedia, presentation slides, and more. You will find information regarding integrating PRSS into new settings, Recovery Community Organization (RCO) capacity building, PRSS workforce development, and best and emerging practices for the delivery of PRSS. As part of our MAI project, we have also gathered HIV-related resources here. You can search by topic, resource type, or simply browse the list below.

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Featured Resources

Journal Article

Lived Experience in New Models of Care for Substance Use Disorder: A Systematic Review of Peer Recovery Support Services and Recovery Coaching

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being employed in a range of clinical settings to assist individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring psychological disorders. PRSS are peer-driven mentoring, education, and support ministrations delivered by individuals who, because of their own experience with SUD and SUD recovery, are experientially qualified to support peers currently experiencing SUD and associated problems. This systematic review characterizes the existing experimental, quasi-experimental, single- and multi-group prospective and retrospective, and cross-sectional research on PRSS.

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Addressing Stress and Trauma in Recovery-oriented Systems and Communities: A Challenge to Leadership

Workbook addressing stress and trauma among Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.

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Cultural Humility Primer: Peer Support Specialist and Recovery Coach Guide

This primer was created as an entry level cultural reference for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches working in both substance use disorder and mental health fields. Sections include:

  • Principles of cultural humility
  • Classification of disabilities and information about both visible and invisible disabilities
  • Cultural perspectives of Black and African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native American and Indigenous people, Latinx and Hispanics, and LGBT folks, with each section featuring an exercise with a real-life scenario

An appendix features a wealth of additional resources, including glossaries of terms and acronyms, references, and tools.

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ADAP Emergency and Service Disruption Preparedness Resource Guide

This Emergency and Service Disruption Preparedness Guide is intended to assist state and territorial Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) with preparing emergency plans for major events, including natural and man-made disasters and other hazards, that may cause disruption in client medication access. The guide’s provisions are intended to ensure continued access to HIV medications for individuals served by ADAP.

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2023 Addiction Recovery Medical Home – Alternative Payment Model Update

The Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform is proud to publish an update to the original ARMH-APM framework. The update examines key system challenges exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as interoperability, data sharing, and mobile engagement functionality. Also included are emerging best practices from commercial and Medicaid demonstration explorations, such as payment and data flow examples, early attribution considerations, recommendations for size and scope of pilots, and incorporation of industry impact, such as the opportunity presented by the opioid abatement funding.

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A Decade of Peer Culture, Support & Leadership: Igniting Behavioral Health Transformation in Philadelphia

From Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), this report celebrates the powerful contribution made by peer support staff and people in recovery each and every day by providing a summary and analysis of the results of and recommendations from the 2015 peer support asset-mapping process and by identifying next steps in our commitment to long-term recovery and the central role of peer culture, support and leadership.

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A Guide To Best Practices In LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency Training

This toolkit presents recommended standards and best practices for training health care providers and staff in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/ace spectrum (A) cultural competence. It reflects the expert consensus of leading educators, providers, academicians, researchers, and patient advocates, developed over the past two years, through two in-person summits held at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC, and through consultations with health care centers and other experts across the U.S.

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A Guide to Obtaining Insurance for Mental Health Care

Mental health is an essential aspect of our everyday life. It impacts how we think, feel, handle stress, interact with others and make decisions. Yet each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 26 million Americans struggle to find accessible mental health care, partly because they have to navigate a complicated and costly system.

The demand for mental health services is growing as 1 in every 5 Americans has a mental health condition. The guide provides several resources, tips and insights on understanding health insurance coverage and finding mental health support.

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A Message of Tolerance and Celebration: The Portrayal of Multiple Pathways of Recovery in the Writings of Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder Bill Wilson

One of the central messages of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement is the declaration that there are many pathways and styles of long-term recovery from severe alcohol and other drug problems. This message is of historical note, but it is not surprising. The recovery advocates who have forged this grassroots movement represent a broad spectrum of religious, spiritual, and secular pathways of recovery and represent quite variable styles of recovery practices within these respective frameworks of recovery (White, 2006, 2007).

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A Primer on Recovery Residences: FAQs from the National Association of Recovery Residences

Recovery residences have spread rapidly in the United States in recent decades. In 2011, the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) was founded to promote a recovery-oriented continuum of support for those with substance use disorders by credentialing recovery residences that implement empirically-based recovery principles and practice standards. NARR currently represents more than 1,900 recovery residences in the United States. The purpose of this document is to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about recovery residences.

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Access Transforming Healthcare: A guide to Best Practices in LGBTIA+ Cultural Competency Training

This toolkit presents recommended standards and best practices for training health care providers and staff in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/ace spectrum (A) cultural competence. It reflects the expert consensus of leading educators, providers, academicians, researchers, and patient advocates, developed over the past two years, through two in-person summits held at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC, and through consultations with health care centers and other experts across the U.S.

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Addiction Recovery Support Services and Information

Recovery support services are intended to provide access to social support, employment, housing, and a variety of other services for people in recovery from substance use disorder. The major types of recovery support services are information featured below are covered in the above document.

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Journal Article

Addiction Treatment and Recovery: A Primer for Criminal Justice Personnel

For more than a decade, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety, the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Center for Legal, Policy and Administrative Studies, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and Chestnut Health Systems research and training division (Lighthouse Institute) have been involved in training the criminal justice personnel who prosecute, sentence and supervise DUI offenders. As that training has progressed, we have explored questions about the role of addiction treatment in the rehabilitation of substance-involved offenders and how the criminal justice system can best link individuals to treatment, support treatment participation, reduce post-treatment criminal recidivism and enhance long-term recovery outcomes. The purpose of this primer is to offer tentative answers to these questions for the prosecutors, judges, probation officers and Secretary of State Hearing Officers who stand as a protective shield between substance-involved offenders and the citizens of Illinois.

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorder among LGBTQ Populations

Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, LGB men and women across all age brackets were significantly more likely to have misused prescription pain relievers in the last year compared to heterosexual adults (Figure 1), and had almost three times greater risk of opioid use disorder compared to heterosexual adults.1 Although little is known about opioid use among transgender people, the few studies that do exist have found an elevated prevalence of illicit drug use in this population

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments: Expert Panel Findings

In January 2020, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing hosted a technical experts’ panel (TEP) to identify best and promising practices to engage individuals surviving overdose and assist individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) presenting in emergency department (ED) settings. At the conclusion of the panel, recommendations were identified and prioritized, outlining the core components necessary to effectively address the needs of individuals with OUD within ED settings. This report identifies key policy and practice recommendations informed by existing research, case examples and findings from the TEP.

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