NMDWS And Americorps New Mexico Announce Recoverycorps Rio Arriba

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NMDWS And Americorps New Mexico Announce Recoverycorps Rio Arriba

Initiative will provide support and service opportunities in the recovery community.

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. — A press conference to announce RecoveryCorps, a new AmeriCorps initiative to recruit and mobilize members to provide peer support services to people with or recovering from substance use disorder syndrome throughout Rio Arriba County, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Rio Arriba County Commissioner Chambers: 112, Industrial Park Rd., Española, N.M..

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), which administers New Mexico’s AmeriCorps program, has approved AmeriCorps funding in the amount of $227,743 to Rio Arriba Health & Human Services to initiate Recovery Corps. The AmeriCorps investment will be matched with funds from Rio Arriba Health & Human Services, $89,000 in public funding and $10,682 in non-governmental private funding.

This groundbreaking initiative will officially launch on September 1, 2019. 

“We’re hopeful that the RecoveryCorps model, after being successfully ‘tested’ in Rio Arriba County, will be adopted by other counties to address and prevent substance abuse while helping Recovery Corps members to pursue careers in health and human services,” said Bill McCamley, NMDWS Secretary.  

RecoveryCorps members will be recruited in Rio Arriba County based on their lived experiences in substance use, mental health, and/or incarceration with a focus on opiate use disorder, as well as for their experience in locating needed services and understanding the recovery system.  RecoveryCorps members will receive extensive training during their service term, a living stipend, and will qualify for an education award upon successful completion of their service term.

“These members will bring a perspective that promotes motivation and decreases judgement precisely because they have personal knowledge about the complexities of recovering from opioid use disorder,” said Michelle Peixinho, RecoveryCorps Project Manager.

In the first program year, fifteen Recovery Corps members are expected to serve over 140 individuals and provide 5,000 units of peer coaching, including 100 referrals to community recovery services. In addition, these members will leverage volunteers who will be engaged in providing support for health education and systems navigation provision to clients throughout the County. 

RecoveryCorps members will be placed at ten recovery and treatment sites in Rio Arriba County including Hoy Recovery; The Mountain Center; HELP New Mexico; Las Cumbres Community Services; Barrios Unidos; Presbyterian Española Hospital; Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office (RASO), and the Espanola Police Department (EPD).