Addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and the trauma that often precedes it in youth is a priority for treatment providers, parents, caregivers, and community leaders. Many leaders have found that youth have a special ability and role to play in helping their peers. In this collection, CLOUD provides resources that focus on youth providing peer support to other youth and young adults.
The collection includes:
- A 3-minute video that explains the role of peer support for youth and young adults from Youth MOVE Miami
- A link to the website for the Youth MOVE National Peer Center, a youth-run peer organization
- A report that explores options for providing youth and young adult peer support through Medicaid
- A first person story of a young women who achieved recovery from opioid use disorder and now works as a peer mentor, and
- A report on operationalizing and funding youth and parent peer support services in residential treatment settings
If you have additional materials we should consider including in this collection, please see our call for submissions page.
This 3 minute video explains the role of peer support for youth and young adults. It features the voices of youth who serve as peer support providers for their community.
The website of the Youth MOVE National Peer Center, a youth-run peer organization, includes information about their programs including youth-run program support, youth peer support, youth leadership development, professional development and education, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
This2016 report explores options for providing youth and young adult peer support through Medicaid from the Center for Health Care Strategy and Youth MOVE National.
Skye began her opioid use at age 13 after dental surgery and eventually developed a heroin addiction and a long arrest record. With the help of her family, Skye completed treatment, worked as a peer mentor and overdose prevention counselor, and now is therapist and assistant director of a counseling program that
This 7-page report provides an overview of operationalizing and funding youth and parent peer support services in residential treatment settings. The report defines the continuum of services from involvement to engagement, describes the services provided by youth and parent peer support, and provides an overview of financing and sustainability strategies.