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April 5, 2021

Peer Recovery Support Services and Supporting Fathers in Recovery

Recently, peer recovery support services have become an integral part of the continuum of care to address opioid and stimulant misuse. Peer recovery support services provide individuals living with substance use disorder (SUD) with emotional, informational, and social support for their health, wellness, and recovery. The Strong Dads Make Strong Kids program in Barton County, Kansas, was developed to provide peer recovery and social support specifically to fathers entering their recovery journey.

The Barton County Health Department understands the vital role fathers play in their children's growth and development and also recognizes the important role that lived experience contributes when fathers are empowered to educate and train other fathers recovering from substance use disorder.  Providing parenting skills and education on child development, ACEs, and trauma empower fathers to engage in a meaningful way.

During this webinar, attendees will learn how to create similar programs in their communities and obtain training materials for participants in the initiative. Graduates of the program will provide testimonials of the impact the Strong Dads Make Strong Kids program has had on their lives.

Our presenters have extensive knowledge in developing and implementing peer recovery support services and lived experience in peer recovery programs.


  • Haley McCrary, M.P.H., Project Manager, Altarum’s Center for Behavioral Health
  • Tiffany Woodford, M.P.H., Analyst, Altarum’s Center for Behavioral Health
  • Amy Ferguson, Community Resource Coordinator, Barton County Health Department
  • Jerome Marquez, Healthy Dads and Healthy Moms Coordinator for Douglas County
  • Oz Usoro, Fatherhood Initiative champion
  • Kirk Jackson, Fatherhood Initiative graduate

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

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