Missouri Peer Specialist
Links and Resources

Links & Resources

Links to other Peer Specialist resources. Convenient access to information regarding national, state and organization based activities related to peer support.

TIP 64: Incorporating Peer Support Into
Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

This TIP supports learning about the key aspects, functions, and uses of Peer Support Services (PSS) in recovery from problematic substance use, which will help providers, supervisors, and administrators in SUD treatment programs better understand and respond to these changes.

Peer Support in College Mental Health Initiatives:
Learning from the Peer Support Movement | April 2023

Students want peer support programs, and much of the campus pushback can be addressed with decades of insight from the peer support community. It’s time to close the gaps between off-campus and on-campus peer support. By working together and sharing knowledge across organizations and movements, we can create a mental health support system that truly meets the needs of all students.

Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence exists to enhance the field of peer recovery support services. Led by those with lived experience, Peer voice is at the core of our work and guides our mission. Peers – people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) – serve a valuable role in helping persons with SUD in achieving and maintaining long-term recovery. We are here to offer help from those who have done this work to those wanting to enhance or begin peer support services in their communities!


The CPS Echo is a great opportunity to learn from a panel of seven subject matter experts and get feedback from other peer specialists.  They happen on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and each one attended is worth one contact hour.  It is FREE, and these contact hours can be used towards renewing your CPS credential.   Each ECHO will consist of the panel providing some information to the peer specialists (around 20 minutes), and then the rest of the time is spent reviewing case studies which have been submitted ahead of time by peer specialists.   To sign up for the CPS ECHO’s, please click on this link: Show-Me ECHO: Move Knowledge, Not Patients (showmeecho.org)

Quick Reference Guides

resource videos

This video features peer support staff telling their personal stories of recovery, highlighting the advantages of peer support services, and describing how they currently serve clients with behavioral health needs.
(Published on 12/04/2014)
The Other Side: “If you can hang on and get to the other side…you are really transformed.” 50th Anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act Video National Council.
(Published on 12/04/2014)


Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSS) Technical Assistance Center Strategy 


Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders

The following TA resources are available for download at this link: https://bit.ly/2xw6JMH

  1. Collegiate Recovery Supports for Underrepresented Student Populationsissue brief
  2. Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services
  3. Core Competency for Peer Workers Self-Assessment Tools (12 documents)
  4. Disaster Preparedness Training for Community Organizations tip sheets (several documents, tools, and resources)
  5. Increasing Access to Treatment and Recovery Supports for People with Disabilities tip sheets (several documents)
  6. Recommendations for Engaging People from Hispanic and Latino Communities issue brief
  7. Supervision of Peer Workers resources (also posted on the BRSS TACS webpages)
  8. Supporting Families and Caregivers of Adults with Serious Mental Illnessissue brief
  9. Value of Peers informational briefs* (also posted also on the BRSS TACS webpages)
  10. Value of Peers: Peers Supporting Youth and Young Adults Recovery informational brief

Resources that will be available soon – email jhanson@c4innovates.com:

    1. Integrating Peer Support Workers into Interdisciplinary Care Teams issue brief
    2. Parenting in Recovery: Supporting Adults with Serious Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorder in their Parenting Roles issue brief
    3. BRSS TACS Policy Academy: A Catalyst for Change Lessons Learned from State Teams, 2011-2018 

Effectiveness of Peer Support

Systematic Reviews


The Value of Peers Resources

Peer Workforce Development Tools

Supervision of Peers Training Resources. These tools support supervisors of peer workers in their role and include information on the importance of supervision, best practices, and a self-assessment.

Toolkits for the Integration of Peer Support Workers

  • Peer Support Toolkit, City of Philadelphia Dept of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service  This toolkit is designed to support behavioral health treatment agencies with the process of integrating peer providers into their service settings. The Peer Support Toolkit incorporates many of the promising practices and resources that have emerged during the last decade of Philadelphia’s recovery-focused system transformation effort. Tools in this kit are designed to help agencies to recruit, retain, and effectively deploy people in recovery in a variety of peer support roles. The resources and information provided is relevant for executive leadership along with supervisors and peer staff.

Module 1: Preparing the Organizational Culture
Module 2: Recruiting and Hiring Peer Staff
Module 3: Service Delivery
Module 4: Supervision and Retention

Workforce Integration of Peer and Community Health Worker Roles: A Needs-Based Toolkit    

Assessment Tools