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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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.



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.

Peer Recovery Training and Support  Contact

Contact Us

Elizabeth Burden  - MS

Senior Specialist and Technical Assistance Director, Behavioral Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Behavioral Health
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Prevention

Elizabeth provides consulting and support to Bureau of Justice Assistance (part of the U.S. Department of Justice) grantees to foster best practices and promising approaches related to peer support. Prior to joining Altarum, she was the chief executive officer of the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services. Elizabeth has a master's degree from the University of Arizona.

Diana Williams  - MSW

Program Manager, Behavioral Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Community-based Recovery Support Systems
  • Behavioral Health

Diana provides technical assistance to states and localities, helping them develop community-based recovery support systems. Diana previously served as the Director of Substance Abuse Services and director of programs for the Indiana Department of Corrections, and as Deputy Director of Substance Abuse and Emergency Preparedness Services and Deputy Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the state of Indiana. Diana is a licensed clinical social worker and has a master's degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis where she also was an Associate Professor.