This guide provides information on service models that use family peer mentors or recovery specialists to serve families affected by substance use disorder (SUD) who are involved with the child welfare system. The guide describes 2 models: peer mentors who have lived experience with SUD and child welfare involvement and recovery specialists who have special training but do not require lived experience. The guide describes implementation considerations such as setting goals and target populations; funding; qualifications, training and certifications; supervision; hiring and retention; and communications issues. It also includes a chart that describes program elements of 4 programs operating in Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, and Santa Clara, California, and provides detailed information about these 4 programs.
Funding Source: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
A guide to service models that use family peer mentors or recovery specialists to serve families affected by substance use disorder (SUD) who are involved with the child welfare system from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare