Webinar - Peer Supports in Small Towns and Rural Communities

Wednesday Jul 10, 2019 - 01:00pm to 02:30pm EDT
Event Description: 

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. Emerging models for comprehensive programs integrate peer supports with other services, including case management and other recovery supports, for individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders at all intercepts of the justice system continuum. However, these services are often more difficult to access in small towns and rural communities. This webinar will discuss the work that the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Greenville, and the Fairfield, Ohio Overdose Response Team are doing to implement peer support services in rural areas.

This session will:

  • Describe peer support programs in operation in micropolitan and rural communities;
  • Clarify the roles of peers in each of these programs, as well as the impact peers are having;
  • Discuss key program partnerships;
  • Explain how these programs evaluate their work; and
  • Highlight the opportunities and challenges of operating peer programs in small towns and rural communities.


  • Kevin Knowles, Recovery Coordinator, Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center;
  • Rich Jones, Chief Executive Officer, FAVOR Greenville; and
  • Scott Duff, Director, Fairfield, Ohio, Overdose Response Team.
Organizer Information
Event Organization: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Event POC: 
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
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