Arkansas Launches Peer Recovery Support Website


Jun 23, 2020

By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

ARpeers.org provides critical recovery support services for Arkansans

The Arkansas Peer Advisory Committee has launched a new website that provides public access to local information on recovery support services, as well as a safe space for Peer Recovery Specialists to connect with other peers in their community. 

Developed in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA), ARpeers.org features recovery support news and events that are available to the public, as well as a host of features only available to Peer Recovery Specialists. 

“INA and partners have developed a site to help the peer recovery community in Arkansas to stay connected and find resources to seek out and sustain sobriety,” said Kirk Lane, Arkansas Drug Director. “It is, without a doubt, going to be a key resource that will save countless lives, improve families and instill that ‘recovery works.’”

Peer Recovery Specialists who have previously completed the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ training course can access the site with their provided login information. Upon logging in, peers have the ability to create their own profile, view and contribute to news postings and events nearby, and locate and connect with peers in their area. In addition to outreach and engagement, peer recovery support services available from the site may include employment opportunities, transportation to and from treatment and recovery-oriented activities, specialized living situations, respite and crisis services and education about strategies to promote wellness and recovery. 

“The ultimate weapon in recovery is one recovering person helping another,” said Jimmy McGill, Recovery Coordinator for the Office of Arkansas Drug Director. “By developing this app, INA made it possible for all recovering people in our state to be connected.”  

ARpeers.org is optimized for mobile viewing and can be added to a phone’s home screen for quick access, much like other mobile apps. 

For more information about how to apply for Peer Recovery Specialist training, visit  https://www.midsouth.ualr.edu/daabhs/

RhiannonBotsford Barber

Written By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

Before joining INA as Marketing Manager in 2016, Rhiannon spent ten years as a crew member for four major television networks and several film companies, and incorporated her own company in 2010. A zealous outdoorsman, Rhiannon enjoys spending time hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping with her husband and daughter.

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