What's in a Name? The Roles of Peer Specialists
To support people on their paths to recovery from substance use disorders, the use of peer specialists in peer recovery support services (PRSS) is increasing across diverse criminal justice settings. Peer specialists offer the benefits of their own experiences with recovery; they provide hope and social support and can change the outcomes for those in recovery.
- Highlights the roles of peer specialists across multiple programs.
- Explores the work from an "insider" vantage point: by a peer specialist working in the field.
- Discusses the value of implementing peer specialists at all of the criminal justice intercepts.
- Identifies the support needs of peer specialists and common ethical PRSS considerations.
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