Emergency Response Team
There is a team of Emergency Peer Specialists (EPS) that are contacted by the police when an overdose occurs. The Peer Specialists will meet the police officer at the scene of the overdose or at the emergency room. Their job is to engage with the individual to help that person become more aware of recovery services. Emergency Peer Specialists are individuals who have been successful in the recovery process for more than two years. Clients who receive peer support, report an overall increase in their quality of life. Peer Specialist support has been proven to be an evidence-based practice. Serenity Hills Life Center utilizes Certified Peer Specialists who have lived experienced recovery from substance use and are now trained to help others in need. Some of the task performed by the Peer Specialist may include assisting others in articulating their goals for recovery, learning & practicing new skills, helping to monitor their progress, supporting clients in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques, and teaching self-help strategies. They stay engaged until the client meets their goals, or until their support is no longer needed.