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Peer Ethics

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid misuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. As peer practitioners move into a variety of roles in the criminal justice system, programs need to carefully plan and prepare to integrate peer supports into their portfolios of services. This preparation includes a consideration of ethical issues that peer specialists may face in their work, as well as the processes and practices that will help them most effectively address those challenges.

This session:

  • Focuses on how to establish ethical frameworks for service delivery for PRSS within the criminal justice arena.
  • Examines guidelines and practice standards for peer practice.
  • Identifies common challenges organizations face when developing ethical frameworks for PRSS programs.
  • Describes the steps for developing an ethical framework specific to your program.


Our presenters have a broad range of experience developing and implementing ethical frameworks for PRSS programs in criminal justice settings—from crisis response to prison-based programs to support for reentry:

  • Linda Sarage is the coordinator of the Addictions Recovery Coach Certificate Program at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. She is an administrator and instructor for recovery coach training, providing course work and internship opportunities to help meet requirements for recovery coach certification in Massachusetts. She is also a Recovery Coach Academy lead trainer.
  • Ruth Riddick is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), with a coaching, training, and mentoring practice at Sobriety Together. She serves as community outreach at the New York Association of Addiction Services and Professionals (ASAP), as a curriculum developer and trainer at ASAP's Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI), and as a peer ethics advisor to ASAP's New York Certification Board (NYCB). Ms. Riddick has also served as a recovery subject-matter expert at the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Opioid Response Network (ORN STR-TA).

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

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