Future Topics and Presenters


Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Lynn Miller & Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Embedding Evidenced-Based Peer Specialist Services From the Inside Out
Description: Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) offer an evidenced based practice through an innovative approach to address substance use and mental health disorders inside correctional settings and upon community reentry. PRSS’ are recognized as paraprofessionals through a certifying body that follows ethical guidelines and standards of practice. Those involved in the reentry process have helped lower recidivism risk by helping others increase engagement and participation with treatment and court obligations. Individuals involved with PRSS/ self-report reductions in substance use behaviors, including opioid use. Peer support has also shown success helping people reentering the community continue medication-assisted treatment after being inducted on medication for OUD while incarcerated or detained. PRSS’ are a core element of a recovery-oriented system of care built upon a mutually supportive community of peers who support each other by promoting fidelity to peer recovery ethics, values and principles. The PA Department of Corrections has a standout peer program embedded throughout all state prisons which serves to reduce trauma of incarcerations, supplement existing recovery services, provide evidenced based practices to address substance use and co-occurring disorders, and improve reintegration opportunities including support for continued MAT and other treatment. Their model includes establishing a sustainable approach designed to create a community culture transformation through modelling, demonstrating evidence of overcoming behavioral challenges, and empowering all involved to effectuate pro-social change.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe at least three benefits of including peer recovery support specialists in the treatment of individuals with opioid use disorder.
  • List at least three advantages of embedding peer recovery support specialists within correctional settings.
  • Apply information, or contact resources for assistance, provided during webinar in establishing a peer support model within your workplace.
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