PRSS CoP Resources

Welcome to the Peer Recovery Support Services Community of Practice!  

CoPs provide a forum for you to share your perspectives, explore solutions, connect with your peers, and take away insights to improve your practice.

This CoP connects Recovery Community Organizations and others who deliver peer recovery support services.

Meeting Schedule:

CoP meetings are on the second Wednesday from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM every other month.

April 24, 2024 – Community of Practice
Co-occurring Disorders

A detailed description of this CoP, presenter bios, PowerPoint and sample document can be found in the Webinars 2024 tab below.

Past CoP webinar recordings and other resources and tools

Webinars 2024

Webinar – Co-occurring Disorders – April 24, 2024
This CoP focused on the following objectives:
1. Identification of the types of co-occurring disorders and understanding prevalence.
2. Gaining knowledge of the symptoms of mental disorders that may intersect with SUDs.
3. Learning about available resources.
Presenter: Eileen Doyle, CRSW, MST Training Coordinator, SOS Recovery Community Organization


Webinar – Therapeutic Cannabis and What You Need to Know – January 10, 2024
This CoP focused on rules and guidance on therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire, the role of therapeutic cannabis dispensaries, and the impact of its impact on human resource management.

Michael Holt has worked for the NH Department of Health and Human Services for 19 years, first as a policy writer for the Division for Children, Youth and Families, and next as coordinator, manager, and legislative liaison for the Administrative Rules Unit within the Department’s Bureau of General Counsel. Currently, Michael is a Section Administrator for the NH Division of Public Health Services and oversees the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program. He has worked to develop, build, and now manage the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program since 2013. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, and Master’s degree in American History from Georgetown University.

Alicia Bennett currently works as the Education Supervisor for GraniteLeaf Cannabis, a non-profit therapeutic cannabis company in New Hampshire. In this role, she consults with patients to help them choose products, teaches classes, writes educational materials for the website, designs educational handouts, and researches the therapeutic benefits of therapeutic cannabis. Therapeutic cannabis is an important part of both her professional and personal life and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

Keenan Blum is the President and CEO of GraniteLeaf Cannabis, a vertically integrated non-profit cannabis company.  He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California Riverside.  Keenan has experience in nearly all facets of the cannabis industry, including cultivation, extraction, formulation, dispensing, and individual therapeutic consultations.  He is passionate about making cannabis accessible to patients in a manner that is safe, effective, and positive for the people of NH.

Pete Hanson currently oversees a 9 person Personnel (HR) team and 4-person Employee Growth & Development team at TURBOCAM International a 550+ employee manufacturer headquartered in Barrington, NH.  Pete has a broad range of HR experience in the private sector as well as mid-sized and large state government agencies. He has a track record of successful creation and implementation of a complete range of HR activities to include compensation and benefits, performance management, learning management and career development, employee relations, and organization development. Pete is a proponent of “seeking understanding first” when it comes to performance and personnel management and approaching corrective action with grace and respect for all involved. He also is an advocate for “changing the conversation” in the workplace as it relates to drug and alcohol misuse from being strictly punitive in nature to it being a “health and safety” matter. Pete played an integral role in Turbocam becoming an “early adopter” of the Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace program and remains so today.  Over the years, Pete has participated as an employer representative on several panels in relation to Drug & Alcohol misuse and the impact on employees and employers.

Webinar Recording
Webinar PowerPoint
Sample Drug and Alcohol Policy

Webinars 2023

Webinar – Navigating Pathways of Advocacy – Managing Pain in RecoveryMay 10, 2023

Join us for the second CoP in a new series that will focus on the role of recovery coach as advocate: Navigating Pathways of Advocacy. This CoP will explore options that people who are in recovery can use to manage post-surgical and chronic pain. This includes traditional and alternative treatments. Peer Recovery Specialists will increase knowledge on how to help people advocate with their providers for pain management that best meets their needs
and preferences.

Kathleen Broglio, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CPE, FPCN, FAANP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and Nurse Practitioner at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center | Kathleen works with patients with serious illness, complex pain and symptom management needs, and substance use disorders. She mentors colleagues, lectures, and has published on the treatment of pain for those with SUDs. Her experience includes acute and chronic pain management; and acute, ambulatory, and home- based palliative care.

Mark Stagnone, DC.,   | An on-the-job back injury while delivering office furniture led Dr. Stagnone to see a chiropractor, which achieved amazing results. He found chiropractic’s principles of anatomy and physiology to be consistent with the nerve physiology and human anatomy he was studying in pre-dental biology courses. Dr. Stagnone has had the immense pleasure over the past 30 years of seeing chiropractic help hundreds with their back and neck related problems. Yet even more pleasing, he has seen countless adults and children regain health from a variety of conditions.

Laina Reavis, CRSW, Project Manager at Harbor Care, Inc. | Laina is part of a team that is responsible for building, developing, and sustaining 17 Recovery Community Centers throughout New Hampshire. She comes to Harbor Care, Inc. from SOS Recovery Community Organization located in Dover, where she worked as a Capacity Building Specialist. During her time at SOS, she provided direct service through a Telephone Recovery Support Program, Volunteer services, Recovery Coaching services. She is also a trainer of trainers for multiple CRSW classes. Laina has been providing and implementing recovery support since 2016.

Darryl Lennon  | Darryl Lennon fell 40 feet off of a roof in 2009. Miraculously he survived, but lives with chronic severe pain as a consequence of the accident. As he learned to walk again, dependence on prescription pain medication morphed into heroin addiction. Darryl will share his experience with abstinence-only and harm reduction recovery approaches. Darryl is a husband and father to three adult children, and currently lives in the foothills of the White Mountains. He works when he is able, and shares hope beyond opioids for those who live with chronic pain and the brain disease of addiction.

Webinar – Navigating Pathways of Advocacy: From Interpersonal Violence to SafetyMarch 8, 2023
This is the first CoP in a new series focused on the role of recovery coach as advocate: Navigating Pathways of Advocacy. This CoP, From Interpersonal Violence to Safety, will focus on signs that a person may have experienced interpersonal violence, how to initiate a conversation about such violence, when and how to refer people, safety concerns, and the recovery coach’s perspective on addressing interpersonal violence.

Webinar Recording Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire Flyer State of New Hampshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Center Catchment Areas – Map New Hampshire Crisis Centers and Resources
PowerPoint Presentation Bridges Domestic  Violence and Sexual Support Flyer Equality Wheel Domestic Violence Screening & Trauma-Informed Tips: An Overview
Case Study Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire – Crisis Intervention Services Power and Control Wheel Green Flags and Red Flags
Responding to Violence: What Should I Do if I Suspect that Someone May be Experiencing Dating and/or Domestic Violence?

The Navigating Pathways of Advocacy: From Interpersonal Violence to Safety Panel of Experts included:
Amy Jo Muscott, M.Ed., Education Coordinator, Bridges: Domestic and Sexual Violence Support
Amy Jo works preventively in schools and organizations, presenting on bullying, healthy relationships, consent, teen dating violence, issues related to sexual assault, trauma-informed care, and warning signs for students and adults. She has done individual advocacy with survivors, facilitated groups for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as well as with children and their parents who have witnessed domestic violence.

Kayte Gilmore, M.A., Youth and Outreach Advocate, Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire
Kayte brings with her a passion for community education and investing in youth. Before coming to CCCNH, Kayte worked with youth in Ohio, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. In that role, she focused on growing empathy and compassion in youth and empowering them to take action on social justice concerns such as sexual assault and LGBTQIA issues.

Kimberly Fortin, CRSW, Parent Educator, Archways
Kimberly is a CRSW currently training to become a LADC. Kimberly also facilitates the Parenting Journey in Recovery program and is trained for Nurturing Families (for those affected by addiction). Kimberly has lived experience with recovery and parenting as she is in recovery and the mother of three boys. Her desire in this field is to be an example and guide for others looking to initiate or sustain recovery and encourage the self-discovery process of what living free from substances or alcohol use can bring.

Webinar – Restorative Pathways: Community ReentryJanuary 11, 2023
This CoP, Community Reentry, builds on the previous CoPs, Expunging Your Record and Drug Court. It will focus on the fears, frustrations, and barriers faced by people reentering after incarceration, but also dwell on overcoming difficulties and rejoining communities. The panel members represent a broad spectrum of expertise and experience on the topic of reentry.

Laurie Foster,
Deputy Director of the Division of Rehabilitative Services for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Erica Gilbert, CRSW, Family Services Coordinator at Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region and the Laconia Doorway
Beth Morse, Graduate of the CORE Program

Webinar Recording

Webinars 2022
Webinar – Restorative Pathways: Drug CourtsNovember 9, 2022
This CoP builds upon the previous and popular Restorative Pathways: Expunging your Records CoP by focusing on how New Hampshire Drug Courts are helping to promote recovery and providing advice and insights on navigating this important part of the judicial system.
Webinar Recording

Webinar – Restorative Pathways: Expunging Your RecordSeptember 14, 2022
Learn about expunging a criminal record – understand the step-by-step legal process and hear about the personal perspective. Participants will be better equipped to advise and motivate those who seek to expunge their criminal records. The meeting helps shift the conversation from incarceration to community.
Webinar Recording


Webinar – Moving Through Recovery: Move a Muscle, Change a ThoughtJuly 13, 2022
Explore how exercise and meditative movement can help reduce stress, restore balance, strengthen the immune system, and enhance an inner sense of well being for individuals as they move through recovery.
Webinar Recording
Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery
The Phoenix’s Sober Active Community Model

Webinar – The Sound of HealingMay 18, 2022
Tune in to how music and sound can help individuals share stories, express emotions, and connect to an inner sense of well-being that will enhance their recovery journey and practice.
Webinar Recording
Music Therapy in Recovery
From Drug Addict to Sound Healer: A Journey of Transformation – Kelvin Young, RSS

Webinar – The Power of Expression in RecoveryMarch 9, 2022
Webinar Recording
Snowbound poem by Natasha Lynne Vogdes
Art at Hope Recovery presentation
The Power of Expression in Recovery; Journaling and Creative Arts Workshop – April 26 – June 14, 2022

Webinars 2021
Webinar – Recovering Together Cafe – Recovery is a Gift! – December 8, 2021
The Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center

Webinar – Celebrating Recovery and Community ConnectionSeptember 29, 2021

Webinar – Finding Recovery In and Outside the Walls: Criminal Justice & RecoveryJuly 14, 2021

Webinar – Recovery: It’s a Family AffairMay 12, 2021

Webinar – Trauma Informed Care within Recovery Services– March 10, 2021

Webinar Recording

Webinar – Harm Reduction within Recovery Services– January 13, 2021

Webinars 2020
Webinar – Strengthening the Connection between Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and Mental Health Peer Support Agencies (PSAs) – April 29, 2020

Webinar/In-Person – Understanding Role of and Strategies for Incorporating Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation in Peer Recovery Support Services – January 29, 2020

Webinars 2019
Webinar/In-Person – Strategies for Identifying & Avoiding Burnout Among Staff Who Deliver Peer Recovery Support Services (Part II) – October 23, 2019

Webinar/In-Person – Strategies for Identifying & Avoiding Burnout Among Staff Who Deliver Peer Recovery Support Services – July 31, 2019

  • Webinar Recording
  • Presentation Slides
    • Personal Experience With Burnout and the Importance of Recognizing It (Sandra Bouchard & Kelly Riley)
    • Strategies for Identifying & Avoiding Burnout Among Staff Who Deliver Peer Recovery Support Services (Arthur Woodard, MSW, SOULcial Worker/HELPer)
  • Handouts: Self-Care Wheel Assessment

Webinar/In-Person – Standards for Recovery Housing and Building the Capacity for New Hampshire – April 24, 2019

  • Presentation Slides:
    • Status of Recovery Housing (Lindy Keller, NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services)
    • National Alliances for Recovery Residences (David Sheridan, Founder & President)
    • New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences (NHCORR Staff: Kristine Paquette, Andrew West, Kathleen Ryan)
  • Follow-up Questions & Answers

Webinar/In-Person – Implementing Recovery Coaching in the Emergency Department: Considerations and Perspectives from Early Adopters – January 23, 2019

Webinars 2018
Webinar/In-Person – Organizational Functioning – May 22, 2018

In-Person – Recruiting, Retaining & Recognizing Volunteers – February 28, 2018

Webinars 2017
Webinar – Creative Outreach Efforts to Increase Recruitment for PRSS – December 13, 2017

Webinar – Using Website and Social Media Marketing to Increase Visibility of Recovery Community Organizations – October 4, 2017

Webinar – Telephone Recovery Supports (TRS) – March 24, 2017

Webinar – Roles for Peers Providing Recovery Support – January 23, 2017

Webinars 2016
Webinar/In-Person – Learning Session – October 24, 2016

A Review & Discussion of CRSW Requirements, CAPRSS Standards for Recovery Coaches and Training Opportunities

Webinar – Kickoff Webinar – August 23, 2016