Peer Recovery Services
Recovery Has a New Home!
Operating under the umbrella of the Norfolk Community Service Board, we provide peer recovery services to all individuals living in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance.
We have members who have been trained and certified by the Department of Behavioral Health to assist others in recovery and wellness, as well as self-help programs and emerging best practice education. Through peer-led non-clinical services, peers will help encourage participants to learn and practice recovery skills, as well as to exercise choice and decision-making responsibility in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. We truly believe that, together, we will make a difference! Also, please refer to the Peer Group Flyer for details about Peer Groups.
Visit & Contact
Visit us at the Peer Recovery Drop-In Center. The center’s hours of operation are:
- Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We Need Volunteers!
The Norfolk Peer Recovery Services Program has opened a new Peer Recovery Drop-in Center (PRDC) that provides a safe place in the community, and provides: self-help programs, emerging best-practice education, peer-led non-clinical services, recovery skills, and a friendly and supportive environment. The Drop-in Center operates Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers will work side-by-side with Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in the Peer Recovery Drop in Center, (PRDC). The goal of the PRDC volunteer is to assist the Peer Staff with the strengthening of the individual’s recovery skills and to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and informal environment to effect and enhance the exercising of choice and decision making responsibilities. We at the PRDC want to create and cultivate a relationship with the local community that will be lasting. The PRDC is a diverse, interactive and resourceful tool serving the community of Norfolk.
Other opportunities for Peer Volunteers at NCSB that are under development, include:
- Providing Peer Welcome and Support Services at Intake
- Providing Peer Hosting Services at various waiting rooms at NCSB, including: engaging persons who are waiting to make them feel welcome; provide any advocacy needed; assist with the program process; and setting up and maintaining warm beverages and snacks in certain locations; and/or
- Shadowing other providers at NCSB in services such as housing, case management, crisis stabilization, etc.
- All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
- As a Peer Volunteer, you must be willing to disclose that you have personal lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use, and that you are secure in your recovery.
- You must pass basic drug screening and criminal background checks as well as additional screenings by NCSB. To reference criminal histories that could be a barrier to approval, visit the webpage Background Investigations Unit at http://dbhds.virginia.gov/human-resource-development-and-management/background-investigations-unit. Scroll to the bottom and click the blue "forms" tab and select Barrier Crimes.
- You have a commitment to working with all consumers of the Norfolk Community Service Board.
- You agree to abide by the NCSB and PRDC confidentiality policy, which states that all information about any PRDC participant is strictly confidential. You may not confirm or deny that someone is receiving services from NCSB or PRDC.
- You will follow all rules and regulations regarding security and safety at PRDC.
How to Apply
Complete the online City of Norfolk Volunteer Application (PDF). In the "areas of Interest" box, write "Norfolk Community Services Board Peer Services." Your volunteer application will be forwarded to Norfolk CSB.
The Peer Manager (Raymond Barnes) will call or email you to review your application and collect any additional information needed. He will then send those recommended for volunteer opportunity to the CSB Personnel Support Team. You will then be contacted to go to the City for a background check and drug screen. Your first volunteer day with the CSB will be for additional orientation and state background review.
If you have any questions about Peer Volunteer opportunities please call Raymond Barnes at 757-381-5260.