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DHHR to Host Peer Recovery Support Services Conference


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health will host the West Virginia Peer Recovery Support Services Conference on April 16-17, 2019 in Flatwoods, West Virginia.  

The event is designed for peer workers who have been successful in the substance use disorder recovery process, and who help others experiencing similar situations. Participants must register in advance. 

“DHHR is committed to building a strong peer recovery system,” said Christina Mullins, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health. “Linking individuals with substance use disorder to peer workers who will follow them through their recovery journey is a valuable, evidence-based approach to saving lives.”

The two-day training session will increase peer workers’ intervention skills by practicing methods such as motivational interviewing and developing skills necessary to support others.  Peer workers will also learn about ethical guidelines and how to respond to overdose survivors.

Bob Hansen, Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy, will give the conference welcome at 8:30 a.m. on April 16.

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899
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