While the services we offer are diverse, we approach every person we support with a spirit of caring and inclusion.
Peer Support Specialists are people who identify as having lived/living experience of substance use challenges. Along with peer support training, they utilize their own experience as their expertise and help other people discover that they are their own expert as well. A peer supporter recognizes you as an expert in your own life and will work collaboratively with you on your goals.
The goal of peer support is to provide emotional support, acceptance, validation, and empathy regardless of circumstances. The focus is to ensure that the person feels supported in their recovery and healing. More importantly, peer supporters ensure that people in need of help are not isolated.
What is a Culturally Specific Peer Recovery Specialist?
Culturally Specific Peer Recovery Specialists are not sponsors or addiction counselors. Instead, they are people who have lived experience with recovery and provide non-clinical recovery support to their peers.
Culturally Specific Peer Recovery Specialists . . .
remove barriers to recovery
connect peers to recovery resources that target their strengths and interests
provide emotional support
focus on the present and future
explore “could” instead of “should”
What is a Peer Recovery Specialist?
A Peer Recovery Specialist is a person who receives compensation and supervision through a state-approved employer for their peer recovery coaching services. In addition to completing the necessary training to be a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Peer Recovery Specialists apply for a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential, pass an exam issued by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and pay a fee.
Continuum Care Center's (CCC) Culturally Specific Peer Recovery Specialist training meets all the educational requirements for the CPRS credential issued by the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB). For more information about applying for a CPRS credential, visit the Minnesota Certification Board website.
Our Outreach Team is often the first step towards recovery for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Two street outreach workers canvas the streets three days a week to encourage people to take advantage of the resources offered.
Our work with those with opioid use disorders or at high risk for overdose has increased due to the emergence of Fentanyl being put into several substances. It may be overwhelming attempting to navigate the health, housing, and social systems without support.
Peer Navigators have been able to fast-track clients through these tough times to receive help with referrals to Medication -Assisted Treatment (MAT), peer support, treatment referrals, income assistance, housing options and other essential resources.
The outreach team has connected more than 100 homeless people to services since starting in early 2019. In September 2020, CCC signed an agreement/contract with The Public Housing Agency of the City of Saint Paul (“PHA”) to provide outreach services to homeless families and individuals throughout St. Paul in a way that prepares them for housing opportunities. This contract was extended though December 2021. We have provided services to homeless population at hotels, camps, and shelters and have continued to provide support to over 30 clients with support though eligible activities.
HOUSING STABILIZATION SERVICES
People with disabilities often need support to live successfully in the community; however, that support is often unavailable.
Affordable housing is not always enough. Challenges such as mental illness and developmental disabilities can make it difficult for someone to find housing, budget, interact with landlords and neighbors, and understand the rules of a lease. With the right supports provided by a professional with knowledge and experience in housing, more people can be successful.
Goals and Objectives of Housing Stabilization Services
Support an individual's transition into housing
Increase long-term stability in housing in the community
Avoid future periods of homelessness or institutionalization
Housing Transition Services
A housing transition services provider (a person or agency) helps a person plan for, find, and move into housing.
Examples: Helping the person think about preferred housing, with the housing search and application processes, developing a budget, and understanding a lease
Housing Sustaining Services
A housing sustaining services provider (a person or agency) helps a person keep their housing after they have moved in.
Examples: Education on tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities, coaching to develop relationships with property managers and neighbors, training on how to be a good tenant, lease compliance, and problem-solving to maintain housing stability
A housing consultant helps a person who does not have Medical Assistance case management develop a person-centered plan that addresses their needs, wants, and goals for living in the community.
Examples: Developing a housing focused person-centered plan based on the person’s needs, wants, and goals for housing, helping a person make an informed choice in their housing transition or sustaining services provider, offering resources related to non-housing goals, and coordinating with other service providers already working with the person
In 2021, Continuum Care Center, along with Minnesota Alliance of Recovery Community Organizations (MARCO), is lobbying the Minnesota State Legislature to allocate a historic investment in recovery organizations across Minnesota. This financial investment will increase funds to be used to support infrastructure, growth, and services by recovery community organizations like CCC.
2021 Goals for Advocacy
• Increase support and financial incentives for employers who hire qualified men and women with criminal records.
• Improve public housing authority and landlord admission policies for people with criminal records.