Recover, Inspire, Empower
What is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist?
A Peer Recovery Support Specialist is an individual that is trained, certified, living in recovery, willing to be vulnerable and share their lived experience to provide a listening ear, hope, and support to those in need.
Mission: To train and support an Oklahoma Peer Workforce to provide the highest quality services to Oklahomans with behavioral health needs.
Vision: To be a national leader and spread peer support through all areas of the behavioral health system and beyond.
Values: Integrity, excellent customer service, non-judgement, transparency, empathy, positivity, ethics, and person-centered.
"Peer support to me is the connection that you receive that allows you to see the world in a different light. Peer support helps one to see that they are not alone and that there is still good in the world. Peer support bridges the gap of feeling loss and alone, to getting connected back into the world we currently live in."
- Evidence for PRSS
More than 1,000 actively certified peers in the State of Oklahoma. From July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, the ODMHSAS Peer Division has trained and certified more than 500 peers. In FY 2021 Oklahoma peers provided 180,876 peer recovery support services to 35,445 behavioral health consumers.
Peer Support is an Evidence-Based Practice
According to Mental Health America (2019) Peer support has been shown to:
- Improve quality of life
- Improve whole health including chronic conditions like diabetes
- Decrease hospitalizations and inpatient stays
- Reduce the overall cost of services
Support for Peers
PRSS Support Calls: PRSS Support calls offer a safe space for Oklahoma Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists to speak to barriers in the workplace and share ideas, solutions. Most importantly it is a space to share the harder parts of our work and be given a chance to express themselves in a safe, open and supportive environment. You can request the Zoom invite via email.
All Certified PRSS: 2pm on the 2nd Friday of the month.
Certified PRSS working in a crisis setting: 2pm on the 3rd Friday of the month.
Certified PRSS’ working in the specialty courts: 2pm on the 1st Friday of the month.
OSU/OKC: The ODMHSAS Peer Division has partnered with OSU/OKC. Being a Certified PRSS will count for 1 college credit for the OSU/OKC Addictions Counseling Associate in Science degree.
Connors State College: The ODMHSAS Peer Division has partnered with Connors State College to count the PRSS Certification Training as 1 college credit.
Employee Assistance Program: The Office of the Oklahoma Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a cooperative effort between employees and administration to help employees gain access to professional services in resolving personal problems.
UMA Tulsa: The mission of the Uma Center of Tulsa is to empower traditionally underserved communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. As a PRSS partner, they help to recruit Hispanic bilingual peers and find placement within ODMHSAS facilities.
Peer Recovery Support is an Evidence Based Practice and helping others in a professional setting requires training, skills, and important qualifications. Being in recovery is important, but becoming certified provides the skills, structure, and validity to use your recovery effectively to support consumers.
“Peer support saved my life. It made me look around the room and instantly realize I am not alone anymore. Having someone that has gone through the same things made me feel at ease. Peer support changes and saves lives. I am a spitting image of how Peer Support saves lives.”
PRSS Specialty Tracks, Continuing Education and Endorsements
Individuals who are Certified under the Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) Program can attend quarterly supplemental trainings that focus on specializations in the Behavioral Health field. These trainings give Peers specific education on Recovery modalities, Substance Use Disorders, and other evidence based practices that will give them the tools to better serve Oklahoma's communities.