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Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is a peer-led national center that provides training and technical assistance related to substance use disorder recovery. Housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the center was authorized under Section 7152 of the SUPPORT Act for Patients and Communities and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is led by a steering committee of national peer recovery leaders from across the nation: Sharon Hesseltine (Chair), Haner Hernandez, Nell Hurley, Michael King, Mark Sanders, and Zac Talbott.

UMKC’s partners in the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence are: University of Texas Austin, University of Wisconsin, and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Coordinating Center flow chart. 1. Clinical Integration Team. 2. RCO Capacity Building Team. 3. Workforce Development Team. 4. Evidence-Based Practice Identification/Dissemination Team. Peer-Led Steering Committee.


The Center’s strategies for training and technical assistance are organized into the following core areas of focus:

  • Clinical integration of peer support workers into non-traditional settings;
  • Building and strengthening capacity of Recovery Community Organizations;
  • Enhancing the professionalization of peers through workforce development;
  • Providing evidence-based and practice-based toolkits and resource information to diverse stakeholders.

In addition, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is a resource to individuals, organizations and systems working to advance the successful implementation of peer support model of recovery in an array of settings.

Director/PI: Callan Howton,

Senior Project Manager: Cindy Christy,

The technical assistance request portal will be available early 2021 on the Peer Recovery Now website.

Last Updated

Last Updated: 05/17/2021