Creating a Positive Recovery Community

Substance Use Disorder Council Offers Peer Recovery Initiative

Peer Recovery Specialists

Invest in this initiative in order to provide more families with hope in their times of need when facing substance use disorders.

In working toward their bold long-term goal for the community to move 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability the Substance Use Disorders Council has announced an investment opportunity for the community.

The Substance Use Disorders Council is focused on well-rounded approaches to supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery solutions. Jaymie Wood, Executive Director of Family Services Association—a long-time United Way partner—and Co-Chair for the Substance Use Disorders Council spoke about their work. “By providing supports to substance use disorder, we can help break the cycle of poverty by relieving stress on many families and children affected by this issue.” The council has taken the charge of measuring, reporting and reducing the number of substance-use-disorder-related arrest records, and substance-use-disorder-related Department of Child Services removal records by implementing the best possible programs funded through United Way donor support.

Some of this Council’s initial discussion focused on evidence-based programs that show great results in other communities. One key area showing great results involves Peer Support Services.

Peer Recovery Specialists: are a form of peer support used to aid in substance use disorder treatment. This approach utilizes the lived experiences, combined with training and supervision, of a person who has walked the path of recovery from substance use disorder and is employed to assist others in their journey of recovery.

These specialists can work in a range of settings, including recovery community centers, recovery residences, drug courts, and other criminal justice settings, hospital emergency departments, child welfare agencies, schools, and behavioral health facilities.

Peer support services have been shown to reduce symptoms and hospitalization readmission rates in some states by as much as 56%.

Unfortunately, there are challenges in the Wabash Valley to secure the training and certification, as well as implement and manage the services. By providing accessible and affordable training in all six counties it will enhance the community and move forward the ability to provide peer recovery services to individuals and families in need.

The Substance Use Disorders Council announced it will make available up to $50,000 in funding as it seeks an applicant or applicants for all United Way of the Wabash Valley service counties (Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois) to recruit, train, coordinate, manage, and monitor peer-led training and to further develop and maintain a certification program for Peer Support Specialists and Family Support Peer Specialists in the Wabash Valley. The grant hopes to produce as many as 60 new individuals trained as Peer Support Specialists and completing the certification process over the course of the first year.

Those interested in applying for this funding opportunity can find the full request for proposal at uwwv.org/funding. Letters of intent, the first step in the application process, are due September 25th. Both of these councils will have additional investment opportunities that will be released for funding applications later this fall.

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