Effective Integration of Peer Recovery Support Services:
A Course for Program Administrators


Course Description


The opioid epidemic has impacted southeast Pennsylvania particularly hard. According to the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, the rate of drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is almost double the national overdose death rate. Of the 44 counties in the United States with more than one million residents, Philadelphia County ranked second in rates of overdose death. Key stakeholders in the region have determined that its certified recovery specialists are central to any efforts to address the substance abuse epidemic in their region.

Core Course: Five Steps for Effective Integration

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(1) a peer-centered organizational culture,

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(2) strong relationships with recovery-oriented partners,

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(3) program policies and procedures that are consistent with peer practice, and

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(4) peer supports that, as Executive Director Jennifer King says, "meet people wherever they are and help them take a step forward."

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Effective Integration of Peer Recovery Support Services:
A Course for Program Administrators


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One-on-one Peer Recovery Supports

Recovery is central to the mission of The Council; PRO-ACT is a key vehicle by which that mission is achieved. Recovery is not only an individual process: it happens within systems of care that are recovery-oriented and in communities that are recovery-rich.

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Technology Assisted Peer Supports

Certified recovery specialists (CRSs) share their lived experience of recovery and inspire hope for change. They meet people where they are—literally and figuratively—and motivate change through self-disclosure, help others to navigate resources, and address a host of other services and tasks.

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Supporting and Managing Peer Specialists: Supervision of Peer Recovery Support Services

Diversion programs offer a mechanism for law enforcement officers and criminal justice officials to redirect a person involved in the criminal justice system who is experiencing a health crisis to the health and social services that he or she needs. As pointed out in this segment, “sometimes this is the key to reducing involvement in the criminal justice system.”

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Related Modules

In this segment, Drug Treatment Court—a program that integrates PRO-ACT CRSs in its work—is described.

Additional Modules Coming Soon

For additional help, consider requesting training and technical assistance (TTA).

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