Katie Walker, CPRS
Recovery Specialist Supervisor
Center for Prevention and Counseling
Katie Walker is a person in long-term recovery since 2008. She became a prevention coalition volunteer and recovery advocate in 2014, attending local and regional coalition meetings, advocacy leadership trainings and assisting with other recovery initiatives in Sussex County. Katie is currently employed as the Recovery Specialist Supervisor for the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton, NJ, and is also an advisory board member for the New Jersey Coalition for Addiction Recovery Support (NJ-CARS). Katie was involved with the formation of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program, which has been recognized as the first Police-Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative in New Jersey, and oversees the recovery coaches working with Operation Helping Hand in Sussex County. Katie is passionate about advocating for a culture that supports recovery and demonstrating that recovery is a solution that benefits everyone.
Workshop Session 4
Front Line Collaborations: Peer Recovery Support and Law Enforcement
Both Peer Recovery Support Services and Law Enforcement are responding on the front lines to the opioid Epidemic, recognizing that substance use disorder impacts the community on multiple levels including public health and public safety. In this session, we will highlight the collaborative approach between peer recovery support services and law enforcement agencies working together, to ensure equitable access to recovery support within the communities they serve. We will look at how the programs are meeting the unique needs of the community, the successes, the challenges, and how a network of professionals are utilizing best practices to reshape the landscape of recovery support accessibility in the state of NJ. With the assistance of federal and state funding, some counties are continuing to operate traditional, arrest-based programs, while others have chosen to proactively link individuals living with substance use disorder to treatment and/or recovery services through non-arrest modules such as mobile vehicles, on-scene response teams, Superior Court or Municipal Court programs, and direct “boots on the ground” outreach to localized areas and to those identified as most at-risk of overdosing. The Panel Discussion is with leaders working within these collaborative programs between peer recovery support services and law enforcement within New Jersey. All Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about these valuable resources and their impact on communities while interacting with the panelists.
This workshop is approved for 1-hour Renewal Credit/CEU for: IC&RC/NJ-AP Certification Board | NAADAC