Recovery Support Services

What is this strategy?

Fund evidence-based recovery support services, including peer support specialists or care navigators based in local health departments, social service offices, detention facilities, community-based organizations, or other settings that support people in treatment or recovery, or people who use drugs, in accessing addiction treatment, recovery support, harm reduction services, primary healthcare, or other services or supports they need to improve their health or well-being.

Why recovery support services?

People who use drugs themselves are the primary agents of reducing the harms of their drug use. Support services, when provided in supportive and non-judgmental manner, empower people who use drugs and assist them in reducing the harms of their use of drugs.

Complete List of Resources

The following resources have been compiled by the NC Department of Health and Human Services to help local governments better understand this strategy.
The resources below are organized by level.

Jump to: Introductory Resources | Intermediate Resources | Advanced Resources

Introductory Resources

NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar

A webinar that provides an overview of peer support services and the practice of centering individuals with lived experience in peer support work

NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar

A webinar that provides insight into what constitutes recovery supports, with presentations from representatives of SMART Recovery USA, the UNC School of Social Work’s Behavioral Health Springboard, and Addiction Professionals of NC

NC Certified Peer Support Specialist Program

A program that helps individuals meet the requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder

“Peer Support Specialists Enhance Mental Health, Substance Use Recovery”

A blog post from NCDHHS that describes the impacts of peer support specialists

Intermediate Resources

Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT) Toolkit

A how-to toolkit that describes how to design and implement a post-overdose response team in your community

Post Overdose Follow Up

Information about post-overdose follow ups from the NC Harm Reduction Coalition

North Carolina Healthcare Association Emergency Department Pathway

An overview of the Emergency Department Treatment Pathway and how to use it

Establishing Peer Support Services for Overdose Response

This toolkit provides information, resources, tools,
actionable steps and real-world examples about peer support services

Expanding Peer Support and Supporting the Peer Workforce in Mental Health

This issue brief from SAMSHA offers valuable information about the benefits of peer support and inclusion of the peer workforce throughout the behavioral health continuum

Advanced Resources

Department of Justice Guidance on Protections for People with Opioid Use Disorder

An 8-page overview of the protections provided to people with opioid use disorder by the Americans with Disabilities Act

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