Peer-to-peer Learning Opportunities


The purpose of Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative (PRSSMI) is to advance the inclusion of peer recovery support services in jurisdictions’ portfolios of substance abuse intervention and treatment strategies. PRSSMI participants are matched to an experienced “mentor site” program that provides consultation and support through virtual learning sessions and an on-site visit. Mentor sites are experienced collaborators with first responders, law enforcement, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections to help people suffering from substance use disorder to achieve and maintain recovery from addiction.

PRSSMI Mentor Site

PRSSMI Mentee Site

COSSAP Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative

Law enforcement and other first responders are on the front lines of addressing illicit substance use and misuse. The Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative provides communities interested in starting diversion and/or referral programs the opportunity to learn from established programs through on-site observation and peer-to-peer exchanges.

Overdose Fatality Review Peer Mentor Site Opportunities

The purpose of the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Peer Mentor Program is to elevate, communicate, and leverage OFR promising practices while building bridges between nascent teams and those with demonstrated success. The OFR Peer Mentor Program provides a unique opportunity to learn the application and practice of OFR from experienced peers.

OFR Peer Mentor Sites

OFR peer mentor sites serve as models for individuals and teams interested in starting a program or for more established programs interested in learning innovative practices.

Indiana’s OFR program is managed by the Indiana Department of Health and is a county-level OFR program established in 2018. It is currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action grant.


  • State coordination of local sites
  • OFR legislation
  • 16 OFR teams throughout the state
  • Coroner-based system
  • Family interviews and psychological autopsies
  • Experience with suicide and overdose deaths
  • Collaborates across fatality review programs, including Maternal Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review, focused on youth suicides
  • Community of Practice monthly call for all local

Utah’s OFR is managed by the Utah Department of Health and is a state-level OFR established in 2017. It is currently funded by the CDC Overdose Data to Action grant with Opioid Response Strategy (ORS) involvement.


  • State-level OFR initiative
  • OFR legislation
  • Centralized medical examiner office
  • Themed-case selection
  • Summary reports
  • Family interviews
  • Convening different types of death reviews (including suicide, homicide, and maternal mortality)

COSSAP Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Site Initiative

The purpose of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Site Initiative is to offer jails across the country interested in providing or enhancing their medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services a unique opportunity to observe and learn from innovative programs that have demonstrated success in meeting the treatment needs of individuals with substance use disorders. Six programs were selected to serve as mentor sites. Each site represents an example of a variety of programs found in diverse settings across the nation.

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