As previously reported, in March the Missouri Recovery Network was awarded a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant, the Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Project to Promote Best and Emerging Practices in Peer Services. The goal of MRN’s project was to establish a statewide peer learning network comprised of peer specialists with a lived experience of substance use (MRSS-P, CMPS, and VA peer support specialists).
A large component of MRN’s project was identifying and hiring recovery advocates throughout eight regions in Missouri in order to mobilize the peer movement. These Regional Peer Outreach Specialists have been instrumental in the success of MRN’s project, and they have accomplished a significant amount in the two months since being hired. Examples of their work thusfar:
- Introducing themselves to their state representative and senator in order to promote the peer recovery movement
- Writing a letter to the editor of their local newspaper(s) to discuss the benefits of peer support services
- Meeting with treatment providers to advocate for the utilization of peer support services
- Meeting with collegiate recovery programs
- Discussing the utilization of peer support services on a local radio talk show/television station
- Planning and hosting a Recovery Month event
Additionally, MRN hosted the first statewide peer learning network webinar on June 25. The purpose of the webinar was to educate peers across the state on MRN’s project, as well as determine what types of supplemental trainings would be beneficial to the peers.
The next statewide webinar will be held on July 30. If you are a peer specialist with a lived experience of substance use and would like to join the next webinar, please e-mail MRN.