Date & Time
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Name
The Presidential Ballroom (Salon IV-VII)
Session Type
Multiple Speaker Presentation
Intended Audience
New recovery homes; recovery homes serving PPW; recovery homes incorporating Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS)
Level of Experience
Intermediary -- Attendees should be familiar with basic aspects of topic and/or recovery housing.

The presentation will describe a Virginia (VARR)-certified, long-term recovery housing program for pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) in a rural county in Virginia called Peer Empowered Addiction Recovery Living (PEARL). The program has been in operation for about two years and has already served more than 10 residents. It is primarily staffed by peer recovery specialists and treatment/recovery personnel employed by the county’s community services board, in partnership with a regional hospital system that provides OB-GYN and addiction medicine services. The program director, Monica Flora, will describe the program model in detail and share some lessons learned since the launch of the program, exploring particular considerations for successfully providing housing and treatment and recovery services for PPW. The presentation will also cover a photovoice process evaluation conducted by Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, and how this method can be used by housing providers to evaluate changes in recovery capital.

1. Learn about a recovery-oriented approach for serving pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) in recovery housing.
2. Understand some of the ethical considerations and boundaries required to provide a person-centered, family-systems approach.
a. Building relationships and maintaining confidentiality in a family living environment.
b. Liability and enabling concerns.
3. Learn how photovoice can be incorporated into an evaluation of recovery capital.
a. Hear from women in the program through their photovoice narratives.
Counselor Skill Group
Discharge and Continuing Care