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“Peer-Strength” is the criminal justice recovery program of SOS. This program started and continues to be run within the Department of Corrections, Strafford County probation and parole as well as Strafford County community corrections and drug court. SOS is currently working in both Rockingham and Carroll County Correctional facilities. We also attend weekly drug courts in five drug courts as well as the federal “LASER” drug court in Concord NH. Our staff and programs are available for peer-recovery supports for any individuals needing services across the state of NH.
In 2020 Peer-Strength has expanded with a Department of Justice funded grant that SOS subcontracts with Granite United Way. We provide peer recovery supports to individuals in rural sections of NH who are justice involved through tele-recovery supports. This is one on one supports offered using a web-based platform capable of secure video, phone, chat and messaging and individuals only need a smart phone to connect with supports. Our staff assists with building recovery plans , navigating connection to meetings, housing, employment, substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health and much more. All staff providing these supports have both lived experience in recovery from addiction as well as lived experience in the criminal justice system. This provides a deep connection with individuals being supported having experienced their own journey.
Our staff members currently spend one day each week down the hall from the probation and parole offices for check ins. Probation and parole officers refer participants to SOS and we provide crisis navigation and wellness based recovery coaching for them. It has become so popular many participants are self-referring. We also have our coaches working with drug court case managers and they attend drug court proceedings each week.
SOS also runs a weekly group inside Rockingham County for the purposes of re-entry programming and work with individuals in Carroll County Correctional facility. SOS leadership is working within taskforces for the National Coalition for State Courts and has worked with “ECHO” based trainings of superior and district court judges across NH on substance use disorder in an effort to help reduce stigma and improve education of people working within the criminal justice system. If you are involved in the criminal justice system and would like to be connected to any of our services or find out more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgG