Peer-based Overdose Prevention and Response Across the SIM

Oct 26, 2023

Peer-based Overdose Prevention and Response for Justice-involved Persons Across the Sequential Intercept Model is a guide for program administrators in justice settings that discusses the impact of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States on justice-involved individuals. It further discusses the value of peer support in reducing overdose risk, outlines the dimensions and categories of peer support and highlights the benefits of peer recovery support services. It provides guidance on integrating peer support programs, including considerations for program design, infrastructure and partnerships. The text concludes by discussing the role of organizational leadership to champion peer support and address organizational and systemic barriers, such as stigma and criminalization of drug use, that hinder access to help and exacerbate the overdose crisis.

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This publication was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $250,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.