Using Recovery Capital Assessments in Peer Support Services

Session Description: Recovery Capital is the foundation for recovery planning which aims to support the growth of recovery capital. As a person accumulates more recovery capital, it brings them closer to long-term sustained recovery. And a lack of Recovery Capital increases stress and therefore increases vulnerability for recurrence or reactivation of behavioral health disorders. In this session we will learn about the components of the recovery capital assessment, how to use motivational interviewing to complete the assessment, and how to retrieve data to measure impact of peer services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding about the correlation between recovery capital assessments and progress towards recovery
  • Participants will receive two different versions of the recovery capital assessment
  • Participants will learn how to use the data from the assessments to measure the impact of peer services

Mirna Herrera, MA, MT-BC, CPS
She/Her/Hers
Regional Behavioral Health Advisor, SAMHSA
Mirna Herrera, MA MT-BC, CPS, has been working in the behavioral health field since 2011, focusing on the peer support workforce and trauma informed practices. She worked as a peer manager at University Health in Kansas City; as a trainer through the Missouri Credentialing Board for peer support certification and peer supervision; and as a consultant with the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center on peer support services. Her personal lived experience with PTSD ignited her passion for trauma informed care for which she trained and consulted multiple organizations across the region. She is also an advocate and educator for Naloxone and harm reduction practices. In her current role as is a Regional Behavioral Health Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), she continues to focus her work on peer support and recovery services in region 7.