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Supervision of Peer Practice: The Challenges and Opportunities for Organizations with Peer Recovery Support Services Programs


Peer recovery support services (PRSS) have emerged as important resources for engaging and supporting individuals and families in their recovery. Contemporary PRSS are non-clinical, strength-based, and recovery-focused. They target recovery outcomes such as improved health and wellness, an increased sense of self-efficacy or empowerment, and increased success and satisfaction in a range of community settings such as work, home, and school, instead of merely focusing on symptom reduction.

This document builds on prior SAMHSA peer workforce efforts and covers the following:

1. Considering the Current Context of PRSS provides a snapshot of the field of peer recovery support at the time of the report, for those who may be unfamiliar. It also summarized observations from peer practitioners about contemporary experiences with supervision.

2. Framing Supervision considers some of the key question related to supervision of addiction peer supports, and presents a working framework for supervision.

3. Practicing the Principles looks at how the principles may be applied in a variety of PRSS settings.



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