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Peer Support and Community Reentry for Prisoners with Opioid Use Disorders

January 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar overviews a treatment intervention targeting PA prisoners with opioid use disorder (OUD)  to promote their recovery and reduce heightened relapse in the high-risk period immediately following community reentry. Core to the intervention is connecting eligible participants, while they remain incarcerated, to community-based Certified Recovery Specialists (CRSs) who will assist in the transition from prison to community. Specifically, the CRSs will (1) connect clients to community treatment resources (i.e., continuity of care), (2) provide informal coaching and personal support, (3) understand and assist clients’ families, to include provision of naloxone, and (4) monitor the recovery progress and encourage treatment retention. This case-management system will operate in parallel to parole staff to increase client trust, communication, and treatment compliance. The goals of the project are to create inter-organizational linkages between correctional administrators and community non-profit providers to implement and evaluate a scalable intervention for a high-risk population. COVID-19 and related obstacles to treatment make this study even more timely. Results of the pilot should establish proof-of-concept and inform a larger proposal for a randomized controlled trial across multiple sites.

  • Understand the risks facing incarcerated individuals with OUD as they reenter communities
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Certified Recovery Specialists
  • Discuss the challenges facing interorganizational interventions targeting vulnerable populations
  • Share preliminary results and project activities from the pilot project




Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network