Peer Support Services for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder in families often leads to involvement in child welfare systems. Research shows that removal of a child from a family is traumatic for both the child and parents and can impede the parent’s journey to recovery. Many programs now employ family peer mentors or recovery specialists to work with the families on their treatment plan, connect parents and children to services and resources, and provide support as they go through a difficult process. Continue reading

Peer Support for Youth

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. Continue reading

Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START)

Children and Family Futures provides technical assistance to local communities implementing the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) model of working with families with substance use disorder and child welfare involvement. The website includes information about the model, resources, and an opportunity to request technical assistance. Continue reading

START Safe and Sound

This 9-minute video explains the role family mentors play in Kentucky’s Sobriety, Treatment and Recovery Team (START) program. The video features family mentors talking about their stories, their role in helping other parents with substance use disorder and child welfare involvement, and the story of a family helped by the program. Continue reading

Ohio START 2019 Impact Report

This 2-page document describes the impact of the Ohio Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma (START) program, which provides wrap-around services to children and families impacted by opiates and other addictive substances. Also included in this resource is information on services provided by the START teams in Ohio in 2019. Continue reading

Ohio START Program Brochure

This 2-page brochure explains Ohio’s Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma (START) Program, which provides family peer support and other services to children and families impacted by opiates and other addictive substances. The brochure explains the program with an emphasis on the role of family peer mentors. Continue reading