HOW CAN I HELP WITH YOUR RECOVERY TODAY? PEER SUPPORT IN JUSTICE-RELATED PROGRAMS OF THE COUNCIL OF SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
The opioid epidemic has impacted southeast Pennsylvania particularly hard. According to the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, the rate of drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is almost double the national overdose death rate. Of the 44 counties in the United States with more than one million residents, Philadelphia County ranked second in rates of overdose death. Key stakeholders in the region have determined that its certified recovery specialists are central to any efforts to address the substance use disorder epidemic in their region.
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania (The Council), founded in 1975, is a private non-profit prevention, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and recovery support organization, serving the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The Council provides a wide range of services to reduce the impact of addiction and improve related health issues for the entire community—families, schools, businesses, and individuals—regardless of ability to pay, ethnicity, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
Through its Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations - Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) initiative, The Council amplifies the power of lived experience of recovery from addiction and criminal justice involvement. PRO-ACT-certified recovery specialists are trained in recovery and have lived experience, enabling them to provide persons in recovery with treatment options, resources, and hope.
THIS VIDEO SERIES DESCRIBES THE WORK OF PRO-ACT AND FOUR KEYS TO ITS SUCCESS:
(1) a peer-centered organizational culture,
(2) strong relationships with recovery-oriented partners,
(3) program policies and procedures that are consistent with peer practice, and
(4) peer supports that, as Executive Director Jennifer King says, "meet people wherever they are and help them take a step forward."