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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Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease (AMAAD) Institute
Los Angeles, California

Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease (AMAAD) Institute was designed to engage, motivate, and strengthen communities of color in South Los Angeles through peer-driven recovery and essential services support. AMAAD provides support services, community support, and resources around specialized, strength-based management and leadership development, with a focus among LGBTQIA+ people of color.

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Hope Coalition
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Hope Coalition supports the development of comprehensive, locally driven responses to opioids, stimulants, and other substances, in partnership with law enforcement, through the expansion of supervision, prevention, and PRSS to improve access to and quality of supports countywide for the purposes of providing diversion and reentry support.

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Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) at the University of Texas
Houston, Texas

Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) at the University of Texas is a recovery community organization that provides comprehensive clinical and behavioral health treatment services and assertive outreach, to include PRSS, at no cost to individuals seeking long-term recovery from opioid use disorder, to parents who are involved in the child welfare system, and within sober high schools in Adolescent Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.

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Latah Recovery Community Center, Inc.
Moscow, Idaho

Latah Recovery Community Center, Inc. is an established nonprofit rural recovery community organization (RCO) with 7 years’ experience providing volunteer and professional peer recovery support services. Though they live in an ultra-conservative area in Idaho, Latah RCO has been able to develop a program that includes peer recovery coaching; a 24/7 behavioral health crisis center; a harm reduction program that includes naloxone distribution and safe syringe exchange; outreach and free case management services to their local jail, specialty court, university, and veteran populations; and a housing program with Oxford House—and they provide over 25 group meetings per week.

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Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery and Transformation Association (OCARTA)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery and Transformation Association (OCARTA) is an established recovery community organization (RCO) that has provided PRSS for over 20 years. OCARTA is the only Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS) accredited RCO in Oklahoma and was the seventh in the nation to become CAPRSS accredited. OCARTA’s Sister 2 Sister program provides peer mentoring and recovery support services for women and women with children who are seeking or are in recovery, and their Wellness Hub program provides peer support services for anyone else.

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Rimrock Foundation
Billings, Montana

Rimrock Foundation currently has the largest PRSS team in the state. Their programs are Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited, and they have developed one of the only state-approved peer support specialist (PSS) training curriculums in Montana. Rimrock’s PSSs work directly with the Billings Police Department, provide services for six local treatment courts, and work with families at risk of losing their children due to substance use. They also serve local hospitals and the Yellowstone County Detention Facility to offer reentry support, their Homeless Outreach Team, and the Community Crisis Center.

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University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama, Birmingham Department of Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Division is partnering with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to expand peer recovery services to pretrial supervision participants and provide evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to individuals at high risk for overdose. The program seeks to address persistent poverty, serve a region that has been disproportionately impacted by substance use, reduce recidivism rates, and increase treatment admission rates.

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Wellbeing Initiative, Inc.
Lincoln, Nebraska

Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. is a peer-led nonprofit organization that partners with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health in the implementation of the Overdose Prevention and Intervention (OPI) Program, which provides peer recovery services in hospitals, treatment courts, jails, and treatment centers. Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. also provides technical assistance to behavioral health and integrated health centers, with a focus on transition-age youth experiencing homelessness and providing peer recovery services for tribal populations.

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Winthrop Police Department, C.L.E.A.R. (Community and Law Enforcement Assisted Recovery) Program
Winthrop, Massachusetts

Winthrop Police Department, C.L.E.A.R. Program is a law enforcement and public health department multidisciplinary partnership that has developed into a nationally recognized program that assists individuals in keeping hope alive through acknowledging recovery as an achievable goal for anyone through recovery-oriented community policing.

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