Peer Recovery Support Services Will Benefit from Health Reform: Advocacy Group

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide many new opportunities for peer recovery support services, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery, which advocates for people in recovery from addiction. In an issue brief, the group explains how health care reform will allow people offering these services to help individuals and families participate and receive the help they need to achieve and sustain long-term recovery.

Peer recovery support services are provided in many settings, including addiction treatment agencies, hospitals, community health centers, jails and prisons, and social service agencies. Many of these agencies and institutions do not have a strong recovery orientation, according to the brief. Some are partnering with recovery community organizations and peer-run programs to develop their own peer programs, while others are contracting with such organizations to add peer workers to current programs.

“In municipalities, counties and states across the country, program administrators and agency officials are making policy and programming decisions about funding, regulations and authorization of peer services and peer workers,” the group states in the brief. “Their decisions will have long-lasting implications on the quality, cost, type, and frequency of services and supports that people will receive.”

Read the entire issue brief for more information on peer recovery support services and the ACA.

3 Responses to Peer Recovery Support Services Will Benefit from Health Reform: Advocacy Group

  1. DEAN HALE | July 14, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Get more info. on Recovery Coaches through this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recovery_coaching

    Thank you William White for all of your hard work developing peer to peer support.

  2. J.W. | July 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    This is great news – hopefully more organizations getting involved with peer recovery support means that not only will there be more overall support groups available, but that the costs associated with running these groups will eventually be lowered because of the increase in availability of these services. Will be interesting to see stats on how the effectiveness of these groups changes after January 1st.

  3. Drew | October 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    One of the most positive things I could think of to come from ACA is for mental health care (including addiction) to gain more treatment and a better standard. If we can shift the national mindset about addiction from that of “criminal” to someone who needs help… It could go a long way towards fixing a number of issues not least of which is our massive prison population.

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