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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.

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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.

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This document was developed by our workforce development team in order to provide a brief overview of the role of a peer specialist. It is intended to serve as an introduction and summary to the role of a peer specialist for those who may be new and/or unfamiliar with the role.

This document was developed by our workforce development team in order to provide a brief overview of the role of a peer specialist. It is intended to serve as an introduction and summary to the role of a peer specialist for those who may be new and/or unfamiliar with the role.

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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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In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Learning Objectives: Identify the importance of effective budgeting Discuss various ways nonprofits cover administrative expenses Explore tips in budgeting quickly and easily Apply learning in creating a sample budget You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording  

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the importance of effective budgeting
  • Discuss various ways nonprofits cover administrative expenses
  • Explore tips in budgeting quickly and easily
  • Apply learning in creating a sample budget

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

 

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This month, our host spoke with Theresa M. Knorr of Friends of Recovery-New York about their upcoming 7th annual recovery conference. This year's theme is 'When We All Recovery: Holistic Recovery For Individuals, Families and Communities' and will feature a wide variety of workshops and keynote speeches designed to provide a holistic view of recovery. Find out more, including registration information, online at: https://for-ny.org/2022-nys-recovery-conference/.

This month, our host spoke with Theresa M. Knorr of Friends of Recovery-New York about their upcoming 7th annual recovery conference. This year's theme is 'When We All Recovery: Holistic Recovery For Individuals, Families and Communities' and will feature a wide variety of workshops and keynote speeches designed to provide a holistic view of recovery. Find out more, including registration information, online at: https://for-ny.org/2022-nys-recovery-conference/.

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This month, Kris Kelly, who leads our RCO capacity building team here at the PR CoE, hosts a conversation with Durga Leela, founder of Yoga of Recovery. In this episode, you’ll get to hear about Durga’s recovery journey embracing Ayurveda and how one of the oldest traditional systems of medicine helps her live a life of abundance. Resources Mentioned in the Episode: Yoga of Recovery Website Yoga of Recovery Events Durga's Book Bayan Botanitcals Durga's Email: durga@yogaofrecovery.com

This month, Kris Kelly, who leads our RCO capacity building team here at the PR CoE, hosts a conversation with Durga Leela, founder of Yoga of Recovery. In this episode, you’ll get to hear about Durga’s recovery journey embracing Ayurveda and how one of the oldest traditional systems of medicine helps her live a life of abundance.

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Unable to visit us at a conference? Check out our virtual exhibit booth! This platform creates an interactive experience as you explore all of our resources, products, and other offerings.

Unable to visit us at a conference? Check out our virtual exhibit booth! This platform creates an interactive experience as you explore all of our resources, products, and other offerings.

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In summer of 2022, the PR CoE and National Family Support Technical Assistance Center came together to create an animation that takes a look at the roles of peer recovery specialists and family peer specialists. In this video, each role is defined as well as a discussion on their similarities and differences. View Video

In summer of 2022, the PR CoE and National Family Support Technical Assistance Center came together to create an animation that takes a look at the roles of peer recovery specialists and family peer specialists. In this video, each role is defined as well as a discussion on their similarities and differences.

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In 2021, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence conducted an extensive national needs assessment regarding capacity building needs for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). The study found that a common barrier to sustainability is the absence of solid organizational infrastructure, often driven by a lack of funding and understaffing. This learning series focuses on key tools and resources RCOs, RCCs, and other peer-run organizations need to develop a solid foundation from which to grow. Check out the materials and recordings of each session below! Series Learning Objectives: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Session Topics: January: Building a Work Plan February: Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Strategic Planning March: The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Inventory for RCOs April: Data Management, Choosing What Works May: Managing Nonprofit Financial Operations June: Effective Budgeting for Nonprofits July: Grant Writing Basics

In 2021, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence conducted an extensive national needs assessment regarding capacity building needs for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). The study found that a common barrier to sustainability is the absence of solid organizational infrastructure, often driven by a lack of funding and understaffing.

This learning series focuses on key tools and resources RCOs, RCCs, and other peer-run organizations need to develop a solid foundation from which to grow. Check out the materials and recordings of each session below!

Series Learning Objectives:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Session Topics:

  • January: Building a Work Plan
  • February: Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Strategic Planning
  • March: The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Inventory for RCOs
  • April: Data Management, Choosing What Works
  • May: Managing Nonprofit Financial Operations
  • June: Effective Budgeting for Nonprofits
  • July: Grant Writing Basics

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In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Learning Objectives: Discover the importance of operating a nonprofit with a financial focus Understand how to read balance sheets and make decisions Recognize how nonprofit professionals utilize financial operations to promote sustainability Understand the importance of data in building capacity for peer run organizations You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the importance of operating a nonprofit with a financial focus
  • Understand how to read balance sheets and make decisions
  • Recognize how nonprofit professionals utilize financial operations to promote sustainability
  • Understand the importance of data in building capacity for peer run organizations

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

Multimedia

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Session 4 focused on data management. Learning objectives were: Understand how to use data inventories to select the right sized data management system Review current data management systems strengths and deficiencies Select a data management system that will facilitate better reporting and decision-making with accurate and accessible data Describe how to utilize data for sharing, governance, and sustainability You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording  

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Session 4 focused on data management. Learning objectives were:

  • Understand how to use data inventories to select the right sized data management system
  • Review current data management systems strengths and deficiencies
  • Select a data management system that will facilitate better reporting and decision-making with accurate and accessible data
  • Describe how to utilize data for sharing, governance, and sustainability

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

 

Multimedia

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to: Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders Session 3 focused on how to utilize the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Inventory. Learning objectives were: Define diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within recovery community organizations. Identify two (2) ways in which to engage with BIPOC recovery community members and providers. Identify practice considerations for realignment with the stated goal of DEI&B. Learning outcomes. Collaborate effectively with BIPOC recovery community members and BIPOC providers within an interdisciplinary context. Engage responsibly and sensitively with cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary contexts in the synthesis of ethical and sustainable practice solutions. Evaluate concepts of race, culture, identity, and diversity with regards to creating an inclusive recovery community. Critically reflect on professional knowledge and skills, incorporating DEI&B subject knowledge and perspectives. You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left. Part 1 Recording Part 2 Recording

In 2023, our RCO capacity building team hosted a learning series on nonprofit basics. The series aimed to:

  • Offer practical skills and foundational elements needed to run, operate, and grow a healthy nonprofit organization
  • Educate nonprofit leaders on the importance and elements of building proper infrastructure
  • Build community and share resources among RCO, RCC, and peer-run nonprofit leaders

Session 3 focused on how to utilize the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Inventory. Learning objectives were:

  • Define diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within recovery community organizations.
  • Identify two (2) ways in which to engage with BIPOC recovery community members and providers.
  • Identify practice considerations for realignment with the stated goal of DEI&B. Learning outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively with BIPOC recovery community members and BIPOC providers within an interdisciplinary context.
  • Engage responsibly and sensitively with cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary contexts in the synthesis of ethical and sustainable practice solutions.
  • Evaluate concepts of race, culture, identity, and diversity with regards to creating an inclusive recovery community.
  • Critically reflect on professional knowledge and skills, incorporating DEI&B subject knowledge and perspectives.

You will find the recordings of the 2-part session below. You can download the slides and handouts by clicking the image to the left.

Part 1 Recording

Part 2 Recording

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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?

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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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