The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has recently awarded HFM Prevention Council a grant to offer Peer Engagement Services in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
According to OASAS, the primary goal of the Peer Engagement Specialist is to utilize their own addiction and recovery expertise to serve as a resource for individuals and families in various settings due to their substance use. These specialists know where to find help and how to effectively engage with individuals who want to enter into recovery or are in early recovery.
Our local Peer Engagement Specialists, who are knowledgeable about alcohol and substance use, will work with local police departments, county jails, treatment facilities, and Emergency Department personnel. Their goal is to help establish connections to treatment and other supports after an opioid overdose reversal or after disclosure of any substance use. This connection to treatment is crucial to a person’s start on the path to recovery, and can help prevent relapse and a potential overdose reoccurrence.
The Peer Engagements Specialists are part of the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center. They are available through a 24-hour hotline 518-705-4627.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Recovery Center at 518-705-4626.
PAUL L. MEHER JR.