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Peer Addiction Recovery Support Efforts Get State Support

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this fall, Bob Hansen, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, said the state looks forward to creating new job opportunities for West Virginians in recovery from addiction. For some of these opportunities, being in recovery is actually a qualification.

The state has been certifying and paying peer recovery support specialists through its Bureau for Medical Services since July 2018. As Report for America corps member Emily Allen reports, this is just one example of the state’s recent investments in peer support.

Also on today’s show, the Ohio River is known as an industrial, working river. But the Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant visited one town where tourism and river recreation are gaining momentum and helping to keep the local economy afloat. The story is part of Good River, a series about the environment, economy and culture of the Ohio River.

More stories at ohiowatershed.org.

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