Improve Access to Recovery Coaches

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Parents with substance use disorders often have ambivalence toward entering treatment. Offering the phone number of a local treatment facility to a parent with substance use disorder is unlikely to lead to treatment engagement. A systemic response that has been adapted by child welfare agencies and treatment programs is the integration of peers or recovery specialists into their service delivery models to address the complex needs of families. Peer specialists often have personal experience with substance use disorder or child welfare involvement. Recovery specialists are professionally trained in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. These experts can facilitate timely access to substance use assessment and treatment, foster engagement during and after completion of treatment, and support child welfare caseworkers and court professionals to better understand the treatment and recovery processes. [1] 

Tools & Resources

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare - The Use of Peers and Recovery Specialists in Child Welfare Settings [2]

TR - Improve Access to Recovery Coaches

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