Dates: 2014

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Center of Social Innovations

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Substance Use

JSI contracted with the Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH),Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH) through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant to implement a variety of activities to support, improve, and document peer recovery specialist services and workforce development in Rhode Island. Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS) are trained individuals who have lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction and provide one-on-one strengths-based support to peers in recovery.

Working with a stakeholder group made up of state and local representatives from substance use and mental health agencies in the state, JSI developed (1) a consumer survey for recovery support providers to collect process and outcome measures, (2) a five-day integrated substance use and mental health curriculum to train PRS including 3 hours of introductory material via webinar, and (3) a RI-specific certification guide to assist PRS in studying for the state certification exam.

Learn more about BRSS TACS II, which builds upon the work completed in RI BRSS TACS. Specifically, the consumer survey was expanded into an online data collection system with easy access for agencies to data entry and live custom reports that show aggregated data summaries.