Peer Recovery Training and Support 

We're advising organizations across the US, from local jurisdictions to state agencies, on how to implement peer recovery programs.

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Overview

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Altarum is working with a broad cross-section of community institutions to integrate peer recovery support services into a variety of criminal justice program and settings.

Our Approach

Strong social supports, including peers who have personally experienced addiction and recovery, can improve outcomes for those struggling with substance use disorders. We work closely with organizations at the state and local level to integrate and deliver peer recovery support services across and throughout the criminal justice system, from developing peer training and supervision materials to devising strategies for partnerships to ensure comprehensive recovery supports are available in communities, counties, and throughout states.

 

Results

When peer support services are implemented, communities see decreased hospitalizations, decreased homelessness, and lower relapse rates. They also see increased recovery capital—the sum of strengths and supports, such as decent housing and steady employment, that are available to help someone sustain long-term recovery from addiction.

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Emily Ehrlich

Emily Ehrlich  - MPH, PMP

Director, Behavioral Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Integration of Health Care Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Prevention
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Emily has more than 25 years of experience in health care policy and research, including co-authoring 15 peer-reviewed publications and directing a CMS-funded program to train 4,000 primary care and behavioral health providers in depression screening and safe opioid prescribing. Emily leads Altarum’s behavioral health work, which includes implementing peer recovery programs, creating a patient outcomes registry to improve mood disorder treatment, and delivering training and technical assistance to help communities address the opioid crisis. Emily has a master’s degree in health behavior and health education and is a certified Project Management Professional.