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PEERS: Peer Education Empowering Recovery Support

Receive valuable training in peer recovery support, vocational and educational coaching, and receive money for completing research visits and providing program feedback—while helping local emerging adults meet their recovery goals

PEERS—Peer Education Empowering Recovery Support—is a new research project at Chestnut Health Systems' Lighthouse Institute (previously at OSLC Developments, Inc.) led by JEAP Researcher Dr. Tess K. Drazdowski in collaboration with Sponsors, Inc. We are now enrolling adults, ages 18-30, who are interested in becoming coaches to help emerging adults in the criminal legal system with their vocational, educational, and substance use recovery goals. This project will look at whether it helps emerging adults on probation or parole in Lane County, Oregon to have a coach provide the PEERS program. PEERS includes CM, or Contingency Management, a proven substance use service. It also includes vocational and educational skills building. This project is important because it explores new ways to provide much-needed evidence-based services to individuals who typically lack access to such programs.

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We are seeking coaches both with and without lived experience in the adult criminal legal system and/or who consider themselves in substance use recovery. Coaches will receive extensive training and support while obtaining real world experience in peer recovery support, as well as vocational and educational mentoring. Coaches also receive financial compensation for completing interviews. 

Who is eligible as a PEERS Coach:

  • Ages 18-30

  • Interested in becoming coaches to help emerging adults in the criminal legal system with their vocational, educational, and substance use recovery goals 

  • We are seeking coaches both with and without lived experience in the adult criminal legal system and/or who consider themselves in substance use recovery 

  • Able to meet clients in-person in Lane County, Oregon on a weekly basis

What to expect as a PEERS Coach:

  • The project will last approximately 3 years (until December 2025); you will be asked to participate at various time points during the project

  • After you are trained, participating emerging adult clients will be assigned to you, though you may not have all clients at once

  • You will deliver the PEERS program to clients in-person weekly, with each meeting taking 60 minutes 

  • The program will take approximately six months for completion for each client

  • Ongoing support and supervision in providing the PEERS program will be provided 

  • You will receive an activity stipend for each participating client to be used to attend local events, engage in activities, and buy food/drink during your meetings 

  • Payment is provided for completing different activities during the project: web-based surveys, virtual interviews with research team members, and uploading session materials

How to sign up:

If you are interested in learning how to help others achieve their substance use recovery goals and gain valuable mentoring experience, contact us today!

Call or text Jenene Peterson at 458-215-9505 or use the adjacent contact form to send an email message.

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Who is eligible to be a PEERS client:

  • Ages 18-26

  • Currently on probation or parole in Lane County

  • Have a stable primary address

  • Interested in substance use recovery and/or building vocational/educational skills

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What to expect as a PEERS client:

  • Your total participation time in the study is approximately 6 months

  • You will be assigned a PEERS coach, who may or may not have lived experience in the adult criminal legal system and/or substance use recovery 

  • Your PEERS coach will have weekly in-person meetings with you, with each meeting taking 60 minutes 

  • We will also ask you to do 3 in-person visits to OSLC over 6 months; participants who live 20+ miles from OSLC may complete these visits remotely 

  • Visits may include interviews, web-based surveys, and drug screens (via mouth swab or urine sample) 

  • You will be paid for completing the in-person visits, with bonus payments offered for completing surveys and drug screens on time; each participant can make up to $130-$155 for completing the screening and all assessments 

  • All information shared with us during the project is kept completely private unless there are explicit safety concerns 

  • Taking part in the project will not help or hurt your probation status, detention release dates, or parole eligibility