Peer Recovery Support Services / Peer Programs
In recent years, there has been an emerging recognition of the importance to include peer recovery support services provided by “people with lived experience” into the substance use disorder (SUD) continuum care. As a result, peer recovery support services have expanded and continue to grow across the state.
Peer recovery support services are not only being provided to those returning to their community following formal treatment, but they are also supporting individuals regardless of their recovery pathway. To help address the current opioid epidemic, peers operate in treatment agencies, recovery organizations, hospital emergency departments, law enforcement agencies, prevention agencies, educational settings, behavioral health organizations and in many more community sectors. The services provided are non-clinical and utilize unique skill sets which focus on initiating or maintaining sustained recovery and overall wellness.
To better help support this growing field, NJPN provides initial and entry level Peer Recovery Support trainings in addition to continuing education and specialty trainings. These trainings are supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services State Opioid Response grant.