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About Us

The National Peer Recovery Alliance (NPRA) represents peer support specialists from across the country.

Our current membership includes peers from Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, and we are continuing to grow.

Our Vision

We envision a more unified, empowered peer workforce to provide individuals in recovery with the voice and choice they need for long-term success.

Who are peer support specialists?

Peer support specialists use their lived, firsthand recovery experience to help others who are in and seeking recovery.​

According to SAMHSA, peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.

Our Mission

We are committed to building and sustaining a more unified, empowered peer workforce to support individuals with substance use disorders. Through advocacy and education, we will elevate and strengthen the role of peer support specialists in communities across the country.

NPRA is a division of the ARCHway Institute.

To learn more about the ARCHway Institute, visit thearchwayinstitute.org and follow on Facebook.

How do I find a peer support specialist?

For more information and resources on finding a peer support specialist.

How do I become a peer support specialist?

Each state has different certification criteria. Visit our state pages for more information.

How do I join NPRA?

The first step to joining the National Peer Recovery Alliance is completing our membership form.

Emily Stuckey
NPRA  Founder

Emily is the founder of two peer coalitions: The National Peer Recovery Alliance (NPRA) MO-PROS (Providing resources, opportunities, and service to Missourians in Recovery). Both coalitions focus on advocacy efforts around long-term recovery as well as peer workforce development and sustainability.

 

In addition, Emily is the CEO/COO of ARCHway Institute, a 501(c)3 that helps to support organizations that work with those impacted by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. She recently published a book titled “Igniting Hope: The Story of a Community Lighting the Way to Recovery” that speaks to ARCHway’s work to bring hope to all those impacted by substance use disorders.

 

Emily has a Bachelor of Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Missouri Baptist University. She taught for six years in the Parkway School District in Missouri. As a previous educator and through her own experience, she sees the need for open and honest communication about addiction and mental health. She believes these conversations need to happen in schools, homes and in public venues to bring awareness and understanding, to prevent future use and overdosing, and to disseminate knowledge of the resources and treatment opportunities that are available.

Jimmy McGill
NPRA  Executive Director

Jimmy McGill is a dynamic force in the realm of recovery and advocacy, and he sits as the Executive Director at the National Peer Recovery Alliance. Formerly the Director of Peer and Recovery Services for the state of Arkansas (2018-2023), Jimmy's personal journey fuels his commitment to advancing recovery services nationwide.

 

A founding member of the SAMHSA Region 6 Peer Support Advisory Committee and inaugural Chairman of the National Association of Reentry Professionals, Jimmy leads pioneering efforts in peer support and reentry advocacy. Emerging triumphantly from a lifetime of incarceration and a twenty-three-year battle with addiction, Jimmy has transformed into an esteemed author and speaker, fueled by an unwavering purpose.

 

Despite a challenging past, Jimmy has graced stages alongside presidents, influenced drug and reentry policies, collaborated with Arkansas's supreme court on program development, and addressed audiences nationwide. 

 

Honored with the "Jimmy McGill Peer Leadership" Award in 2019, the 2021 Trail Blazer award from the Department of Human Services, and the 2023 Arkansas Peer Legacy Award, his transformative journey is a beacon reshaping reentry and recovery efforts across the nation. Featured in numerous articles, Jimmy's narrative is actively reshaping perceptions and driving change on a national scale.

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