NASADAD/National Council for Mental Wellbeing Release Brief on Integrating Peer Support Services Into Substance Use-Related Crisis Care

Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE), NASADAD, in collaboration with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, developed an issue brief on Integrating Peer Support Services Into Substance Use-related Crisis Care.  A substance use disorder peer recovery specialist is a trained professional who has knowledge and experience in the recovery process and helps others in similar situations. Peers are a critical component of the crisis continuum, providing empathy and connection during a crisis event, offering support and services during crisis care and referring to treatment and recovery support service after crisis care.

This brief highlights three state initiatives that have integrated peer recovery support services (PRSS) as part of their crisis response to help individuals experiencing substance use-related crises or overdoses. These examples illustrate how PRSS can be effectively integrated using a team-based approach to care and demonstrate how the personal experience and training of peers have shown positive results in referring and connecting individuals in crisis to needed care, preventing further crises and aiding individuals on their path to wellness.

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NASADAD Releases Recovery Month Resolution

In celebration of National Recovery Month, NASADAD’s Board of Directors considered and approved a resolution in recognition of the value and importance of recovery support services for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). The resolution highlights the Association’s work around elevating recovery as a key component of the continuum and provides recent data on the prevalence of SUD and the impact of recovery services, the role that NASADAD members play in supporting recovery in the publicly funded SUD system, and a commitment to recognizing September 2023 as National Recovery Month.

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NASADAD Releases Updated Fact Sheet on SAMHSA’s Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) Residential Program and State Pilot Program

Today, NASADAD releases an updated fact sheet regarding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) Residential Program and State Pilot Program. The fact sheet “tells the story” of the PPW Residential Services program that has been housed within SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) for a number of years.  In addition, the brief reviews the evolution of the PPW State pilot program – an initiative first developed by Congress with NASADAD support as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The brief includes updated information describing outcomes data related to the PPW State Pilot Program; recent grantees; and recent action related to these programs moving in Congress.

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