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Recorded on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 

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One of the biggest challenges in medication assisted treatment and recovery (MATR) settings is managing the volume and variety of patient need to counselor ratio. Often, patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) can benefit from additional support in care coordination and case management. Even when a patient has reached a phase of healthy maintenance, their care often slips during transition of care and referral management. A dedicated peer recovery support specialist (PRSS) can address this gap and many more patient needs. Lived experience can have tremendous value in MATR settings, but care coordination is an additional benefit to adding PRSS to the treatment and recovery workforce.


Maury Long is a regional director for Behavioral Health Group (BHG). In this role, Long is responsible for the management of the outpatient treatment services rendered under office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) programs, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Long also works as the Executive Director within the Alabama Department of Mental Health in Alabama. Prior to joining BHG, Long worked for ten years within healthcare operations where he began his passion for patient care and their treatment. He has been dedicated to the addiction treatment field for over seven years and has experience in a variety of settings, including: adult outpatient and inpatient, adult intensive residential, peer recovery, court-based services, stabilization, and recovery centers.

Samson Teklemariam, LPC, CPTM, is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Behavioral Health Group (BHG). He is an accomplished leader with a history of driving organizational results with learning and development solutions. Known for implementing initiatives that support organizational priorities and produce measurable outcomes, he has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over ten years. He was formerly the Director of Training and Professional Development for NAADAC. He is a certified lead trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA) curriculum, Calm Every Storm: Crisis Prevention & Intervention curriculum, and experienced in treating trauma-related disorders using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) and Seeking Safety. Teklemariam previously worked for Phoenix House Foundation as the National Director of Learning and Development.

Sloane Book, CPRS, is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and a mother to an amazing little boy. She is actively pursuing a degree in Human Services and Mental Health to become an addiction counselor, and she is in long-term recovery. When presented with the choice to remain in Florida and either end up dead or in prison or take a chance and move to Colorado to regain her life, she took a leap and moved to Colorado. While navigating through sobriety, she learned that she was no longer ashamed of her past; instead wanted to embrace it and try to help others find a way out. Once Book felt solid enough in her recovery, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and started working at Behavioral Health Group in Denver. Book realized that using her story and sarcastic personality would serve her life purpose. Every day, she connects with new people and helps them on their own recovery paths through support, connection, and encouragement.

Will Richardson, CPRS, is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with Behavioral Health Group, U.S. Navy Submarine Veteran, and a father of two. When it comes to teaching the intricacies of recovery, Richardson uses his 15 years of addiction and nine years of sobriety along with the techniques learned in peer recovery specialist classes to instill a sense of hope in those struggling with recovery. Richardson realized early on that he can be an instrument of service and peace to those struggling with addiction and help them manage their demons. He teaches people in recovery to embrace who they are. Why? For one simple reason: When you learn about yourself you can turn your biggest weakness into your greatest strength. When you do that, nobody can hold your weaknesses against you ever again.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe the unique need OUD patients have in MATR settings that may often go unaddressed.
  • Participants will be able to identify five key value-adds that PRSS bring to office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) and opioid treatment programs (OTPs).
  • Participants will be able to summarize how to fund, recruit, and incorporate PRSS in clinical treatment settings.
Content Level


  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.

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