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Webinar: Strengthening the Opioid Use Disorder Workforce: Findings from a Groundbreaking Multi-State Survey of Peer Recovery Coaches (6/12/2023)

May 25, 2023

As people with lived experience of addiction and recovery, peer recovery coaches (PRCs) are often the lynchpin to engaging people in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and supporting them in recovery. FORE has funded several organizations that employ people with lived experience of addiction and recovery in innovative ways.

Despite their expanding presence in care delivery, little is still known about the experiences of this workforce, the scope of their assignments, and the challenges they face in launching and maintaining their careers. FORE commissioned a national survey of PRCs hoping to better understand and support this critical component of the workforce. Building on previously completed qualitative research, the survey of PRCs was a self-administered web survey that was fielded from October 25, 2022, to January 19, 2023 to certified PRCs in 11 states. A total of 1,174 PRCs who support individuals with OUD completed the survey. The study was conducted in partnership with the survey research firm SSRS.

Please join us on Monday, June 12th at 3pm EST as FORE releases the results from our first-ever national survey of PRCs and as we welcome…

  • Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Director of the Office of Recovery and Director of the Office of Management, Technology, and Operations, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Robyn Rapoport, PhD, Executive Vice President, Health Care, Public Policy Research and Strategic Initiatives, SSRS
  • Gordon H. Smith, Esq, Director of Opioid Response, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine
  • Justin Reid, Statewide Coach Coordinator – Maine Recovery Hub, Portland Recovery Community Center
  • Dwayne Dean, RCPF, CPRS, RPS, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, University of Maryland College Park

… to provide expert commentary in response to initial findings of the national survey and its potential impact on the field. More speakers to be announced! The webinar will run until 4:30 PM to allow for an extended discussion and Q&A session following the presentation.

Register for the Webinar Here

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