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 II: Hiring, Onboarding, and Integration
The structure and process of bringing on Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) staff should be carefully considered before beginning the recruitment process. The role of the PRSS, as well as the flexibility and cooperation of existing staff, will impact the level of integration. To ensure a cohesive team, the entire organization, from administration to executive leadership, will need resources and training as well as implementation support around peer recovery support services and working within a recovery-oriented practice. Doing so will help current and new staff build upon the collaborative nature of the emerging profession, mitigate concerns from clinical staff, and clarify roles.
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Wes Van Epps, SAC-IT, PRC, is the Chief Operating Officer of Project WisHope, an organization co-launched by Van Epps. Van Epps is a Wisconsin SAC-IT, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer and Supervisor, and a person in long-term recovery. He is also actively involved in the peer-to-peer delivery of recovery management services throughout the State of Wisconsin. Van Epps has helped establish and currently manages two recovery community centers, one in Waupaca, WI, and the other in Waukesha, WI. Van Epps has had the opportunity to supervise over 40 peer recovery coaches since working with Project WisHope.
Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS, is the Executive Director for Foundation for Recovery (FFR) in Las Vegas, NV. Leading this statewide recovery community organization, Dmitrovic’s expertise in organizational development and implementation of peer support has grown FFR into a valued resource in Nevada. Her experiences include National Director of Consumer Affairs at Optum, UnitedHealth, Chief Operating Officer of the RASE Project in central Pennsylvania, National Director of Education and Advocacy at the Johnson Institute in Washington, DC, and developing a support services program in central Pennsylvania for the Epilepsy Foundation. Dmitrovic holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is the former Chair of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery and former board member of Young People in Recovery.
Mirna Herrera, MA, MTBC, is the Associate Director of Peer Support Service at Truman Medical Center (TMC) in Kansas City, MO. Herrera is the recipient of the 2018 Mental Health Champion award for the work she has accomplished as the director of a peer operated service program at TMC. Her work focused on the mission to help clients with their recovery through peer support while sharing her own recovery story as a source of hope and motivation for her employees and peers. In her current role as Associate Director for Peer Support Services at TMC, she is working on developing a peer support program that reaches all areas of the hospital and expanding services into the community. She is a certified peer trainer for the Missouri credentialing board and a certified trauma-informed care trainer.