On December 10th, NYACH hosted its first Behavioral Health Conference on the integration of Certified Peer Recovery Advocates (CRPAs). The goal of the conference was to build capacity of behavioral health providers – specifically those providing substance use treatment and recovery services – to hire, deploy, and integrate recovery peer advocates into their service delivery model. Industry leaders that have embarked on this effort both locally and nationally, highlighted recovery peer workforce and integration models, as well as the challenges and opportunities they have presented.
Notable speakers included Alexis Confer, the Executive Director of ThriveNYC and Tom Hill the Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health and a former Presidential Appointee as Senior Advisor on Addiction and Recovery to SAMHSA. Breakout sessions included guidance on billing for peer services led by NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, best practices for supervising recovery peers led by NYC Health + Hospitals, and a pipeline development model shared by Queensborough Community College.
Approximately 70 behavioral health providers, peers, educators, and government representatives attended the conference and NYACH plans to share learnings with the field at a later date.