Peer Engagement Specialist provide support, encouragement and guidance in finding appropriate services to persons misusing substances and/or who are in recovery. The Peer Engagement Specialist develops brief service plans and provides referrals and linkages to needed services/supports. Peer Engagement Specialists are in recovery, they have personal experience and expertise in addiction services. They tend to be especially effective with outreach and engagement of people who are struggling with recovery and/or have been reluctant to participate in services.
Identifying goals/developing Recovery Plans
Connecting participants with resources/support services
Helping participants self-monitor their progress
Modeling effective coping skills
Attending court and other system meetings as a support
Educating participants on multiple pathways to recovery
Supporting another peer in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services