Peer recovery specialists in Rhode Island provide harm reduction and treatment services to high-risk populations in emergency departments and communities
In response to the opioid crisis in Rhode Island, Anchor Recovery Community Center, a community-based peer recovery program, developed programs deploying certified Peer Recovery Specialists to emergency departments (AnchorED) and communities with high rates of accidental opioid overdoses (AnchorMORE) via mobile outreach. This highlights the vital role that recovery community centers and peer support specialists, sometimes referred to as recovery coaches, can play.
The recovery specialists in AnchorED engage overdose survivors and provide harm reduction and treatment services, including training in naloxone administration and contact with peers after leaving the ED to support recovery. Specialists in AnchorMORE distribute naloxone kits and provide service referrals to high-risk individuals in the community.
Anchor Recovery Community Center also provides weekly telephone support to increase engagement among its participants and collaborates with local fire stations to offer a pathway to treatment, a replication of the Safe Station model in New Hampshire.