The Missouri Recovery Network is pleased to announce that we have been selected to receive a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant, the 2015 Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Project to Promote Best and Emerging Practices in Peer Services.

The overall purpose of the grant is to promote and support capacity building, implementation and training opportunities for best and emerging practices among Peer-Run Organizations/Recovery Community Organizations (PRO/RCOs) in individuals with substance use disorders and mental health conditions.

For our awarded project, MRN will be constructing and creating a Statewide Peer Learning Collaborative Network for individuals who have completed their 42 hour required MRSS-P training and who are MRSS-P credentialed and/or those peers who are in the process of seeking this credential, as well as Certified Missouri Peer Specialists (CMPS) with a lived experience of substance use.

Objectives for this project include:

  • Will facilitate connection with other peer support specialists throughout the state in order to network and learn from one another
  • Foster a sense of inclusion and mutual respect
  • Provide a venue for discussing employment issues and concerns
  • Share best recovery practices
  • Explore new ideas on how to effectively learn from each others’ experiences
  • Creation of a forum in which accomplishments, setbacks, and goals can be shared and discussed freely and openly
  • Discuss and learn ways to enrich service delivery and improve relationships with the treatment team
  • Discuss continuing educational needs to ensure their success in fulfilling their role as a peer recovery support specialist

Proposed activities for the six-month grant period include developing a needs assessment for peer recovery support specialists, hiring regional peer outreach specialists for up to eight regions throughout Missouri, holding several webinars for peer recovery support specialists, as well as develop and plan for a statewide summit to be held in 2016.

A total of eight projects were funded by SAMHSA, including organizations that are based in New York, Oregon, Maine, Missouri (MRN), Virginia, California, Montana, and Utah.

If you fall into one of the following categories, please contact MRN to be included in our peer support specialist efforts:

  • CMPS credentialed with a lived experience of substance use
  • Obtained CMPS training, but not credentialed, with a lived experience of substance use
  • MRSS or MRSS-P trained and/or credentialed
  • VA peer support specialists with a lived experience of substance use

Please e-mail MRN project coordinator Leslie Pritchard at, or contact MRN via phone at (573) 634-1029.

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