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
NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar
75-minute webinar, “Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic – Peer Support Services”, that provides an overview of peer support services and the practice of centering individuals with lived experience in peer support work