Title: Project Coordinator Passaic County Recovery Services, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
What are your primary duties? Peer work at CARES Recovery Center and MCCF, supporting multiple pathways to recovery
Training community members and professionals, in the 7 northern counties, how to recognize an overdose, rescue breathing, administering nasal Narcan spray, legal rights, and treatment, recovery support, harm reduction options. Maintaining and ordering supplies, scheduling, reporting.
CPRS on Hope One(partnered with MHA Essex Morris and MCSO) , mobile outreach vehicle providing Narcan training, recovery support/navigation, also ordering Narcan supplies
CPRS Trainer, Instructing the next class of peers in the recovery field
CPRS for OORP, supporting those at our local hospitals from an overdose or substance use related admission
CPRS for OHH, supporting those with legal issues pertaining to their substance use
Where did you go to school and what did you study? CPRS Certification
How many years have you worked in the field? 4 years, in recovery since 2003
Why do you work in the field? I am grateful to work in this field to walk along those as they find their pathway to recovery. I can use my education and lived experience in substance use disorder and recovery to connect with those in my community, especially those that face extreme barriers to treatment, recovery, housing, education, and employment.