Office of Recovery Community Affairs
Elsa Ward, MS, CAC, Director, (860) 418-6989, Elsa.Ward@ct.gov
Cheri Bragg, Assistant Director, (860) 418-6935, Cheri.Bragg@ct.gov
Peer Respite Town Hall Meetings
The Office of Recovery Community Affairs (ORCA) held two virtual Town Hall meetings in March 2022 to discuss Peer Respites and Soteria Houses. We invited two speakers with extensive experience in these models to present a comprehensive overview of Peer Respites and Soteria Houses, followed by a rich discussion between participants who joined the event. We are preparing a report summarizing the discussions which will be made public on this page. The videos of both presentations are available below.
Here are some additional resources that may be useful:
“This website was created by Live & Learn, Inc. to provide the public access to resources about peer respites in the United States. The resources available on PeerRespite.net include the criteria and definition of a Peer Respite, the Peer Respite Directory (updated in 2018), the Guidebook for Peer Support Program Self-Evaluation, and reports from the Peer Respite Essential Features Surveys conducted in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, which document nationwide trends in organizational characteristics and policies. PeerRespite.net also hosts a repository of research on peer respites.”
National Empowerment Center lists and describes many different models
The following three peer support trainings are currently endorsed in Connecticut:
- CCAR Recovery Coach Training
- Advocacy Unlimited Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) Training
- Hartford Healthcare Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) Training
CT Peer & Family Organizations
- Advocacy Unlimited (AU)
- Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness-CT (NAMI-CT)
- CCAR Bridgeport Recovery Community Center
- CCAR Hartford Recovery Community Center
- CCAR Manchester Recovery Community Center - temporarily closed
- CCAR New Haven Recovery Community Center
- CCAR Willimantic/Windham Recovery Community Center
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