Substance Abuse

Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with subject matter experts, conducted research to identify core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health and later posted the draft competencies developed with these stakeholders online for comment. This document represents the final product of that process. As our understanding of peer support grows and the contexts in which peer recovery support services are provided evolve, the core competencies must evolve over time. Therefore, updates to these competencies may occur periodically in the future.

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Integrated Scope of Practice Resource

The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Child/Family Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming child/family clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions, linking clients/families with recovery services and resources, as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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