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RSAT Embedding Evidenced-Based Peer Specialist Services From the Inside Out
Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) offer an evidenced based practice through an innovative approach to address substance use & mental health disorders inside correctional settings & upon community reentry. PRSS are recognized as paraprofessionals through a certifying body that follows ethical guidelines and standards of practice. Those involved in the reentry process have helped lower recidivism risk by helping others increase engagement and participation with treatment and court obligations. Individuals involved with PRSS self-report reductions in substance use behaviors, including opioid use. Peer support has also shown success helping people reentering the community continue medication-assisted treatment after being inducted on medication for OUD while incarcerated or detained. PRSS are a core element of a recovery-oriented system of care built upon a mutually supportive community of peers who support each other by promoting fidelity to peer recovery ethics, values & principles. The PA Department of Corrections has a standout peer program embedded throughout all state prisons which serves to reduce trauma of incarcerations, supplement existing recovery services, provide evidenced based practices to address substance use & co-occurring disorders, and improve reintegration opportunities including support for continued MAT & other treatment. Their model includes establishing a sustainable approach designed to create a community culture transformation through modelling, demonstrating evidence of overcoming behavioral challenges, & empowering all involved to effectuate pro-social change.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

• Describe at least 3 benefits of including PRSS in the treatment of individuals with opioid use disorder.
• List at least 3 advantages of embedding PRSS within correctional settings.
• Apply information, or contact resources for assistance, provided in establishing a peer support model within your workplace.

Apr 27, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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