Many treatment courts use peer support programs or mentor programs to enhance their services and build their capacity. Peer support groups can help new participants navigate the treatment court program and understand court requirements. Peer mentors also serve as evidence that recovery is possible and act as an empathic ally during a difficult time. Mentors, in turn, have an opportunity to give back to the program that helped them and to support their own recovery by maintaining contact with the court’s network.
To develop a peer support network, the Placer County Drug Court created the Mentor in Training Program (MIT). The MIT program gives participants approaching graduation a chance to guide newer participants through the program, advance their own skills, and do good for others. Read the program’s policies and procedures manual to learn more and use it as a model for your own program.