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December 13, 2021

The Power of Peers: Pivoting During the Pandemic

Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) are an important part of efforts to effectively address the opioid and other substance use epidemic.  In recent years, the use of PRSS within criminal justice settings has been recognized as a vital part of the continuum of care for efforts to address alcohol and drug use among this population.  While this is an emerging practice, initial programs demonstrate the potential for recovery-oriented and peer-led services to provide support to justice-involved individuals who are struggling with an opioid or other substance use disorder.  This podcast highlights the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from three different peer programs from across the nation, as they navigate integrating peer specialists into various roles and touchpoints across the sequential intercept, particularly throughout an unprecedented global pandemic.


  • Mariah Black-Watson, Analyst, Altarum


  • Katie Basu, Former Substance Use Disorder Specialist, Altarum


  • AnaBell Cadena, Program Specialist, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Andrea Ramalho, Senior Program Manager for Alternative Public Safety Strategies, Paterson Police Department, Paterson, New Jersey,
  • Coralee Schmitz, Chief Operations Officer, Rimrock Foundation, Billings, Montana
  • Annette Redding, Director of Peer Support, Rimrock Foundation

A transcript of this podcast is available.

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