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About Peer Recovery Specialists

Peer Recovery Specialists are individuals who have firsthand experience, either personally or through a loved one, in navigating substance misuse, mental health or behavioral health challenges, and the journey of recovery. Peer Navigator Trainees are currently engaged in gaining the essential experience and training required to become Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, facilitated through this collaborative partnership program.

Peer Recovery Specialists and Peer Navigator Trainees play a pivotal role in guiding and assisting community members throughout various stages of their recovery journey. They provide both practical and emotional support, serving as role models for recovery. By connecting individuals to community resources, they promote overall wellness. Whether a person is seeking entry into a treatment center, grappling with trauma, or in need of advice on how to support loved ones in recovery, these Peer professionals are readily available to offer support and guidance.

Program History

The Peer Navigator Program began as a pilot program at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch through a partnership with the Maryland Peer Advisory Council, in which Peer Recovery Specialists provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for community members seeking support and serve as role models for recovery.

Following the pilot’s demonstrated success, and supported by a generous grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the Pratt Library is continuing the partnership with the Maryland Peer Advisory Council and has introduced additional cohorts of Trainees, who will be available at multiple branch locations. Please see the schedule below for more information.

Peer Navigators in a training circle at the nearby recovery center

Cohort of Peer Navigator Trainees in a discussion circle at the nearby recovery center

Peer Navigators outside the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch library in Penn North

Cohort of Peer Navigator Trainees outside the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch library, with the Registered Peer Supervisor

Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.


BrooklynThursday, Friday, & Saturday
from 10 am – 2 pm
Central LibraryMonday, Tuesday, & Thursday
from 10 am – 2 pm
Cherry HillWednesday & Friday
from 10 am – 2 pm
Edmondson AvenueThursday & Friday
from 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday
from 10 am – 5 pm
Orleans StreetWednesday
from 10 am – 5:30 pm

Pennsylvania Avenue

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
from 10 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday
from 10 am – 8 pm
Friday
from 10 am - 5 pm
Southeast AnchorTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday
from 10 am – 2 pm

To contact the Peer Navigator Program, email peernavigators@prattlibrary.org.


Community Support

Thanks to our program partners, the Maryland Peer Advisory Council and Healing City Baltimore, and a generous grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

Peer Navigator partner logos: MPAC, Healing Baltimore, and Care First Grant recipient logo
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