These mentor sites were selected on the basis of several criteria, including:

  • Advocating for the value of peer support services within the larger context of behavioral health, recovery-oriented systems of care, criminal justice, and child welfare.
  • Leveraging the uniqueness of peer status in program design.
  • Using sound, evidence-supported practices and policies.
  • Focusing on outcomes and using data to assess program efficacy.
  • Having strong collaborations with first responders, law enforcement, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections to help persons with substance use disorders to achieve and maintain recovery from addiction.
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Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board

The Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board (Ohio), which is also a COSSAP grantee, focuses on diverting individuals away from criminal justice settings and into appropriate treatment services. Three distinct programs are supported by peer recovery across three intercepts: peer recovery services in jails, peer recovery services in local emergency departments, and the Butler County Hopeline, a call-in service that focuses on connecting individuals to treatment services and removing barriers to treatment.

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Faces and Voices of Recovery Greenville

Faces and Voices of Recovery Greenville (South Carolina) serves small communities and rural areas in northwest South Carolina with innovative programming; a wide array of peer supports; and strong partnerships with law enforcement, hospitals, and treatment agencies.

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Project FORT (Fairfield County Overdose Response Team)

Project FORT (Ohio) is a collaborative initiative between the Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes Unit and community stakeholders to address the substance use disorder issue facing Fairfield County. Following the project’s pre-arrest diversion Quick Response Team (QRT) model, within 24 to 48 hours of an unintentional overdose, QRT members meet and connect survivors to available treatment and recovery resources while providing assistance to their families or other support systems. Once the team has met with a client and his or her needs have been assessed, team members begin the process of connecting the person to appropriate and available inpatient or outpatient resources, either within or outside of Fairfield County, depending on the need.

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Recovery Point of West Virginia

Recovery Point of West Virginia serves small communities and rural counties across the state of West Virginia. Recovery Point provides recovery coaches for the city of Huntington’s Quick Response Team (QRT), which was developed with a BJA-supported COAP grant. Recovery Point has also launched peer support in local hospital emergency rooms and is planning similar support for individuals who are admitted to the hospital for abusing opioids and other substances.

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Southwestern Regional Day Report Center

The Southwestern Regional Day Report Center (West Virginia) offers both clinical and supportive services to assist people in their recovery, including, but not limited to, peer recovery coaching and skills-based groups. Two notable programs are the Quick Response Team (QRT) and Fresh Start. Three times a week, the QRT program sends the recovery coach, the deputy sheriff, and an emergency medical technician to visit each residence where an overdose has been reported in the last 72 hours. In addition, through the COSSAP grant, the center launched Fresh Start, a comprehensive opioid abuse treatment program that utilizes a region-specific interagency approach.

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The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, through its Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) program, runs a comprehensive peer support program. PRO-ACT was a partner and the service hub in the launch of a pre-booking diversion pilot with the Philadelphia Police Department.

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Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team Substance Use Deflection (SUD) Program

The Tucson (Arizona) Police Department Mental Health Support Team SUD Program is the primary resource within the Tucson Police Department for individuals suffering from a substance use disorder, as well as for their family and friends. The team is responsible for conducting active outreach in the community and specializes in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care. SUD officers work with peer support responders to provide timely and compassionate responses to persons suffering from substance use disorders. Rather than dispatching peer support responders and law enforcement officers separately, the respective services are co-housed, allowing for co-dispatching. The Tucson model incorporates a comprehensive menu of options to include self-referral (Angel Program), social referral, deflection, active outreach, and post-overdose engagement (the Naloxone Plus Model).

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University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Community Justice Programs (CJP)

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Community Justice Programs (CJP) is a unique model of community, clinical, and research collaboration housed in a university setting. Across time, CJP has thoroughly integrated the peer voice into all of the program’s behavioral health projects. CJP is particularly strong in its peer supports in the courts, providing services within several specialty courts in Jefferson County, Alabama.

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Winthrop Police Department

The Winthrop Police Department (Massachusetts) works to ensure that individuals who are seeking support, a path to recovery, and access to services for mental health and substance use disorders are connected to community-based service providers through the Community and Law Enforcement Assisted Recovery (CLEAR) Program. This program consists of a Winthrop Police Department outreach officer, the Winthrop Director of Public Health and Clinical Services, a full-time peer recovery coach, and a part-time social worker. The CLEAR Program serves as a model for how other law enforcement agencies can adapt peer support and recovery-based services within their departments.

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