Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. They not only help people with behavioral health conditions connect to, engage in, and be active participants in treatment and recovery support services but they can also change the culture of an organization in a positive way.
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section I: Building a Successful Culture in Your Organization
Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. So much so, the growth in opportunity is outpacing the fields ability to define best practices in how to integrate peer services into organizational practice. Nationally, there are various levels of experience and expertise. A continuous area of interest is utilizing peer support across the continuum of care. An important take away from those who do it well is that implementing an effective peer support program often requires a shift in the organizational culture. Engaging all stakeholders is crucial in developing peer recovery support service programming. Buy-in and support of senior leadership will contribute to the successful integration.
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Kris Kelly, BS, is the Minnesota State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, a woman in long-term recovery, and subject matter expert on peer-based recovery support services. She has worked with state and local government, recovery community organizations, treatment courts, withdrawal management/detoxification, and clinical treatment developing best practices for integrating recovery supports into systems and services. As a former executive director and director of programs of a Minnesota-based recovery community organization, Kelly is a leader in the peer support movement in Minnesota. Kelly has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from supervision in peer-based recovery support services and integrating peer support services into behavioral health organizations to recovery-oriented systems of care.
Jenna Neasbitt, MS, LCDC, MAT-R, is a person in long term recovery using her expertise in personnel, clinical, policy, program analysis, and administration to enhance recovery-oriented systems of care in behavioral health. Neasbitt holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, works with the SAMHSA-Funded Opioid Response Network, is a volunteer site reviewer with the Council on Accreditation for Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS), and is a Training Adjunct at the National Recovery Institute with Faces & Voices of Recovery. Her author contributions include the Texas Peer Recovery Coach Certification Training curriculum, the Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway training curriculum, and a recent article published in Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal in 2019 titled “Responding to the Opioid and Overdose Crisis with Innovative Services: The Recovery Community Center Office-Based Opioid Treatment (RCC-OBOT) Model.” Neasbitt is also a member of the Board of Directors at a recovery community organization in Austin, TX.
Philander E. Moore, Sr., MA, LCDC, is a retired Texas Health and Human services employee of 27 years, where he served as the Unit Manager for the substance use disorder section. He orchestrated the implementation of the Texas Recovery Initiative in 2010, as well as the first recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) in Texas. He has a Master of Arts and Human Services degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).