February 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Virtual Event
SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Peer-Led Innovations in Reentry Support Programming: Towards Holistic Recovery

February 16, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Reentry peer specialists are equipped with unique knowledge and expertise from lived experience, enabling them to provide critical supports to individuals reentering the community after incarceration. Recent peer-led developments in the field offer more opportunities to advance the work of reentry peer specialists and address the critical needs that people face upon reentry. This webinar will provide information about supporting reentry peer specialists and reentry peer support programs by providing certification, training, and the knowledge and resources needed to effectively serve people in transition from incarceration to the community. Three presenters will discuss the opportunities that come with training and education, along with the policy and practice challenges that can arise when supporting people in recovery who are transitioning back to the community, including peer support specialists themselves.

Learning Objectives

Upon the conclusion of this webinar, attendees should be able to:
  • List three strategies for supporting reentry peer specialists.
  • Connect policy and practice considerations for reentry peer support across the eight dimensions of wellness.
  • Describe two key competencies for reentry peer support.


  • Sandra D. Smith, PhD, PRSS, RPS, Peer Programs Manager, Via Hope, Mental Health Resource of Texas
  • David Johnson, Policy and Research Liaison, Grassroots Leadership, Texas
  • Daryl McGraw, MA, CAC, CCJP, Founder, Formerly Inc., Connecticut

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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