Training and Education - Training Organizations

Updated 6/12/2023

Organizations that Offer Training and Information Resources

Professional development is critical for peer recovery support staff. It enhances their knowledge, skills, and abilities, allowing them to better serve individuals struggling with SUD, co-occurring mental health challenges, or any aspect of recovery capital. Investing time into your continuing education is an investment in yourself and in the work you do.

Here are some reasons why professional development is essential:

  1. Staying up-to-date with best practices
  2. Developing new skills
  3. Building a professional network
  4. Enhancing job satisfaction

Below you will find organizations that provide training opportunities to network with other organizations and gain essential skills in the recovery space. 

As you engage in training, send your training certificate to HR. This information helps us know who has additional training and may be able to help inform areas of YPR that are growing or being updated. 

  1. Faces and Voices 

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. We envision a world where the diverse voices of individuals and families affected by addiction are embraced and connected in communities, free from discrimination and injustice.



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Recovery and Recovery Support

Recovery signals a dramatic shift in the expectation for positive outcomes for individuals who experience mental and substance use conditions or the co-occurring of the two.

SAMHSA’s working definition of recovery defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

Today, when individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders seek help, they are met with the knowledge and belief that anyone can recover and/or manage their conditions successfully. The value of recovery and recovery-oriented systems of care is widely accepted by states, communities, healthcare providers, peers, families, researchers, and advocates including the

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

SAMHSA, the primary federal agency leading efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation, recognizes the need for states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, counties, communities, emergency service providers, and other partners to speak with one voice so that there is a clear understanding about what the 988 Lifeline is and how it works. SAMSHA developed the 988 Partner Toolkit with resources for partners to use and share information about the 988 Lifeline with this alignment in mind.

Partner Toolkit

Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth

SAMHSA’s new report:

  • Provides an updated evidence-based roadmap for supporting and affirming LGBTQI+ youth.
  • Comprehensively reviews the key scientific studies, guidelines from major medical and other professional associations, and implications for clinical care.
  • Offers guidance and highlights resources for health care providers, educators, families, community leaders, and others — to reduce behavioral health inequities facing LGBTQI+ youth and their families.
  • Explores policy levers and future research areas that can improve the behavioral health of LGBTQI+ youth.

Significant research over the past several years lays to rest any questions about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI, pronounced “SO-gee”) change efforts — commonly known as “conversion therapy.” It is harmful, ineffective, inappropriate, and should never be provided to youth.

Furthermore, new research supports gender-affirming care for youth.

LGBTQI+ youth, like all others, deserve to grow up in supportive environments that allow them to thrive and achieve their human potential.

THE PEER RECOVERY CENTER OF EXCELLENCE (PR COE) exists to enhance the field of peer recovery support services. Led by those with lived experience, peer voice is at the core of our work and guides our mission. Peers – people in recovery from substance use challenges – serve a valuable role in helping persons with substance use challenges in achieving and maintaining long-term recovery. We are here to offer help from those who have done this work to those wanting to enhance or begin peer support services in their communities!

Recovery Talk Podcast

Recovery Reader Newsletter


  1. CA Bridge

CA Bridge, launched in 2018, has led the nation in expanding medication for addiction treatment in Emergency Departments throughout California. Our model is proven to work effectively in any hospital setting and has been launched in 85% of the state’s Emergency Departments. 

By lowering barriers to medication for addiction treatment, we eliminate unnecessary tests and provide patients with immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms. Once patients are stabilized, they engage with a navigator—often a peer with lived experience—to discuss harm reduction and ongoing treatment. Bridge navigators triple the likelihood that a patient will be in treatment 30 days after they leave the Emergency Department. 


Bridge resources have been developed by an interdisciplinary team based on published evidence and expert opinion.


Evidence-based training & knowledge-sharing events.



  1. The National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance Center (NHRTAC)


NHRTAC provides free help to anyone in the country providing (or planning to provide) harm reduction services to their community. This may include syringe services programs, health departments, programs providing treatment for substance use disorder, as well as prevention and recovery programs.

Offering harm reduction services is an effective approach for preventing overdose, the spread of infectious disease, and other harms resulting from drug use. The goal of NHRTAC is to improve the capacity and performance of harm reduction programs throughout the United States by ensuring access to high-quality, comprehensive technical assistance. 

Programs implementing harm reduction services and other activities in support of the health and wellness of people who use drugs should have easy access to resources and help. This TA Center will connect harm reduction programs to resources and experts that can help programs better serve their communities.

CDC established and expanded the NHRTAC in collaboration with SAMHSA to ensure comprehensive support of the integration of harm reduction strategies and principles across diverse community settings and within a treatment framework.