Peer Recovery CoE

Our Partnership with
Peer Recovery
Center of Excellence

The Addiction Research Institute is a partner in the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, which is housed and led by the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ARI’s role in the partnership is focused on supporting the growth, advancement, and sustainability of the peer recovery support specialist workforce. To that end, our core team engages in work around certification processes for peer recovery support specialists, pay and benefits equity, professionalization of the workforce, and career ladder development, among others.

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is guided by a Peer‐Led Steering Committee made up of experts in the field from across the nation who are also peers in recovery from substance use disorder. The Peer-Led Steering Committee ensures the Peer Recovery CoE mission and activities are in line with peer recovery support specialists’ needs and visions for enhancing the field.

To learn more about the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence and the resources they offer, visit the website.

Additional partners in Peer Recovery Center of Excellence include the University of Wisconsin‐Madison houses The Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, and The National Council for Mental Wellbeing.


Tim Saubers – Program Coordinator for Workforce Development

Maureen Nichols – Director of SSW ATTC