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SAMHSA awards $6.8 million in funding for peer-to-peer recovery services

October 15, 2010
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Rockville, MD — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $6.8 million over the next four years in grants to provide support for peer-to-peer recovery support services that help prevent relapse and promote sustained recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders.

Peer-to-peer recovery support services enhance and promote sustained recovery, help those who relapse to get back on the road to recovery, and in general help individuals develop the life skills necessary for full health, and productive lives.

Peer counselors generally design and deliver support services during recovery. Successful peer recovery support services’ initiatives network and build strong and mutually supportive relationships with formal systems in their communities.

The program includes support services for specific populations such as veterans, people with disabilities and other segments of the recovery community. Peer-to-peer systems work in addition to existing resources in the community to meet the needs of people at every stage of their recovery process.

It is expected that about $1.8 million per year will be available to fund up to five grants. Awardees are eligible for up to $350,000 per year for up to four years. The actual amounts may vary, depending on the availability of these funds and the performance of the grantees.

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