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Peer and Recovery Specialist Support

Peer and Recovery Specialist SupportParents with substance use disorders often have ambivalence toward entering treatment. Offering the phone number of a local treatment facility to a parent with a substance use disorder is unlikely to lead to treatment engagement. A systemic response that has been adapted by child welfare agencies and treatment programs is the integration of peers or recovery specialists into their service delivery models to address the complex needs of families. Peer specialists often have personal experience with substance use disorders or child welfare involvement. Recovery specialists are professionally trained in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. These experts can facilitate timely access to substance use assessment and treatment, foster engagement during and after completion of treatment, and support child welfare caseworkers and court professionals to better understand the treatment and recovery processes.

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    • The Use of Peers and Recovery Specialists in Child Welfare Settings
      The Use of Peers and Recovery Specialists in Child Welfare Settings(PDF 2.10 MB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2018

      An examination of how child welfare agencies and family court programs have integrated peers and recovery specialists into their service delivery to support families affected by substance use disorders is highlighted in this brief. Also included is an overview of two models of support for families: peer support by persons who have experienced substance use disorders and child welfare involvement, and professional support from recovery specialists. The brief also offers implementation considerations that professionals can draw from when implementing peer or recovery specialist models in their communities.

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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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