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September 10, 2020

The Power of Peers: Highlighting the Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative

Increasingly, peer recovery support services (PRSS) are an important—and sometimes central—part of efforts to effectively address the opioid epidemic. Peer-based services offer a unique opportunity to address and strengthen recovery-oriented systems of care at any intercept. Deciding how to approach, develop, or strengthen peer support programs can be a daunting task. In response to this need, BJA supported the development of the PRSSMI, which is an integral part of the technical assistance provided through the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). The purpose of PRSSMI is to promote peer-to-peer learning; disseminate evidence-supported PRSS programming, promising approaches, and best practices; enhance capacity to develop PRSS; and improve the ability to successfully implement PRSS programs. This podcast showcases conversations with representatives from two mentor sites and two mentee sites that participated in the program this past year: Jennifer King, M.A., CFRE, Executive Director, PRO-ACT, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.; Rich Jones, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, M.B.A., Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), Greenville, South Carolina; Jessica Nickila, Opioid Program Technician, Duluth Police Department (Minnesota); and Michelle Akers, Project Director, Southwest Regional Day Report Center, Logan, West Virginia. Each speaker provides insights into his or her experience as a participant of the program and the benefits she or he gained through PRSSMI involvement. The podcast is facilitated by Sade Richardson, M.P.H., LLMSW, COSSAP training and technical assistance provider from Altarum.

A transcript of this podcast is available

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