News & Updates Webinar

Webinar: The Role of Peer Recovery Coaches and Navigators During the COVID-19 Pandemic (5/28/2020)

May 20, 2020

Thank you to all those who have joined us in previous webinars in our ongoing series “FORE’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response: Maintaining Access to MOUD.”

In our previous webinars, we have focused on the pandemic impact on access to treatment, including  federal and state emergency regulatory changes facilitating greater use of telemedicine, and how to best care for some of our most vulnerable patients during this extraordinary time. We also know that the isolation that comes from sheltering in place can negatively affect those in recovery, many of whom depend on group meetings and other recovery supports, increasing the risk of returning to substance use. Peer recovery coaches have been established as an important component of treatment and recovery programs. This week, we will focus on the challenges and concerns facing peer recovery coaches and substance use navigators during the pandemic.

Please join us on Thursday, May 28th at 3pm EST as we welcome…

  • Julia Felton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
  • Jessica Magidson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland
    • NIDA- and FORE-funded researchers focused on the training of peer recovery coaches to improve retention in MOUD
  • Karen Fortuna, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
    • Engaged in innovative research on the use of technology with peer specialists and peer-delivered mHealth services
  • Sadie M. Smith, MSW, Chief Program Officer, Mosaic Group (Towson, MD)
  • Dwayne Dean, ICPR, CPRS, RPS, Peer Recovery Advocate, University of Maryland
  • Kristen Senters-Young, MA, Director, Women’s Specialty and Prevention Services, Flint Odyssey House
    • Panel of peer recovery coaches and behavioral health professionals that are “on the ground” helping people

… as they lead a discussion on how peer recovery coaches and navigators can effectively and safely help patients sustain their recovery, as well as care for themselves, during the COVID-19 pandemic. An open Q&A session will follow the presentation.

We continue to invite you to look at our Resources page for the most up-to-date information and guidance. You can view a recording of our previous webinars below. As always, please reach out with questions and/or resources that you believe would benefits others.