Recovery After Incarceration: Peer Supports as a Critical Re-Entry Service

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SAMHSA LogoRecovery After Incarceration: Peer Supports as a Critical Re-Entry Service

Date/Time: Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT)



  • Steven Samra, BRSS TACS Deputy Director, Center for Social Innovation
Please note: CEU's will not be available; however, we do offer certificates of completion upon request.


More than half of the 2.2 million people incarcerated in the United States have mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both (The Sentencing Project, 2016; Osher, D’Amora, Plotkin, Jarret, & Eggleston, 2012). Each year, hundreds of thousands of people with behavioral health needs leave prison or jail and return to their communities. This transition is fraught with challenges, including barriers to accessing treatment and recovery supports, obtaining public benefits, finding employment, regaining custody of children, and gaining stable housing.

Peer support from individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and criminal justice system involvement is a critical resource for people transitioning back to their communities. Re-entry-focused peer supports can help people achieve and maintain their recovery and to successfully rejoin their families and communities after incarceration (Randall & Ligon, 2014).

This webinar will review emerging evidence about the value of peer specialists and recovery coaches in supporting individuals transitioning from incarceration. It will highlight effective approaches to help individuals develop and advance towards their recovery and wellness goals, access services, navigate systems, and achieve successful community integration.

Webinar participants will be able to

  • describe common challenges faced by individuals with behavioral health needs transitioning from incarceration,
  • understand peer roles and the value of peer support in community reintegration, and
  • identify peer support strategies that assist individuals with re-entry.

Please note: This webinar will be closed captioned and a transcript will be available following the event.

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