ARpeers.org provides critical recovery support services for Arkansans
The Arkansas Peer Advisory Committee has launched a new website that provides public access to local information on recovery support services, as well as a safe space for Peer Recovery Specialists to connect with other peers in their community. Developed in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA), ARpeers.org features recovery support news and events that are available to the public, as well as a host of features only available to Peer Recovery Specialists.
“INA and partners have developed a site to help the peer recovery community in Arkansas to stay connected and find resources to seek out and sustain sobriety,” said Kirk Lane, Arkansas Drug Director. “It is, without a doubt, going to be a key resource that will save countless lives, improve families and instill that ‘recovery works.’”
Peer Recovery Specialists who have previously completed the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ training course can access the site with their provided login information. Upon logging in, peers have the ability to create their own profile, view and contribute to news postings and events nearby, and locate and connect with peers in their area. In addition to outreach and engagement, peer recovery support services available from the site may include employment opportunities, transportation to and from treatment and recovery-oriented activities, specialized living situations, respite and crisis services and education about strategies to promote wellness and recovery.
“The ultimate weapon in recovery is one recovering person helping another,” said Jimmy McGill, Recovery Coordinator for the Office of Arkansas Drug Director. “By developing this app, INA made it possible for all recovering people in our state to be connected.”
ARpeers.org is optimized for mobile viewing and can be added to a phone’s home screen for quick access, much like other mobile apps. For more information about how to apply for Peer Recovery Specialist training, visit https://www.midsouth.ualr.edu/daabhs/.
About Information Network of Arkansas
The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their information and services. Little Rock-based AIC is celebrating 23 years as the state’s official digital government services partner, and is part of digital government firm NIC’s (Nasdaq: EGOV) family of companies. A local tech employer, AIC was named among the 2019 “Best Places to Work in Arkansas” by Arkansas Business. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 950 state and local online services.
NIC Inc. NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) launched the digital government industry in 1992, and continues to lead it, providing a secure payment engine and thousands of digital government solutions across a network of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition, NIC is a leading provider of outdoor recreation solutions, with 1 out of 6 hunting and fishing licenses in the United States sold using an NIC service. The company created the nation’s first personal assistant for government and comprehensive mobile platform, Gov2Go®, as well as the innovative, data-driven prescription drug monitoring platform, RxGov®. More information is available at www.egov.com.