NET has a strong peer-oriented culture in which we recognize, celebrate and thus further strengthen the resilience of people who seek our services. In addition to assuring that persons served have an active voice in their service planning, we are deeply committed to assuring that client voices also drive program and policy development. We believe this is key to successful program engagement and retention.
NETWorks Recovery Support Centers
Based on the framework of a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC), NET developed the first agency funded Recovery Support Center in Philadelphia. It is run by people in recovery for people in recovery. The program is internationally recognized for its contribution to systems transformation and the full integration of peer services into a treatment model. Read more here.
NETWorks Recovery Support Centers use a community-based continuum of services to support Persons in Recovery (PIR) as they are transitioning out of NET treatment programs. Each location has a Consumer Council that is made up of representatives from each clinical group to address issues or concerns of the recovery community as well as plan positive sober activities and community service events.
- Community Integration and Support
- Emergency Housing Assistance and Vouchers
- Vocational and Career Training
- AA and NA Meetings
- Life Skills Education
- Social and Recreational Opportunities
- Financial Literacy
- Parenting Workshops
Our Spring Garden, State Road, and Frankford Avenue locations house larger recovery support centers, while the North and West Counseling Centers house smaller recovery lounges. These are designated areas for Persons in Recovery (PIRs) to spend time engaging in positive sober activities.
In addition, each month our PIRs are recognized for the positive gains they are making in their recovery. Consumer Council members have organized this event filled with guest speakers, awards, food, fun and fellowship. Annually, all sites come together for the Annual Recovery Recognition Banquet. Community partners, PIRs, and staff attend this event and are recognized for their exceptional service to one another and the community at large. NET also participates in the annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walk, one of the largest walks in Philadelphia that celebrates recovery and works to end the stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction. NET is particularly committed to ending the unique stigma for those who find recovery with support of various medications. Every person’s journey to recovery is valid and supported at NET.
Patient Advocacy Committee at NET Steps
The Patient Advocacy Committee (PAC) at NET Steps is composed of a small group of individuals who are on Medication-Assisted Treatment and serve as peer advocates for the entire census of patients at NET Steps. Services include: creating and delivering presentations on recovery and other relevant topics to the community and patients, issuing a monthly newsletter about recovery topics entitled “The NET-WORK”, assistance with budgeting, developing resumes and finding employment, teaching interview skills, helping clients pursue schooling, applying for other grants and loans, setting up payment plans for student loans in default, helping with GED testing, tutoring for school (GED and college), financial and credit counseling, finding housing, clothing and food, assistance starting their own business, meeting and greeting new clients, conducting family group weekly, helping with obtaining driver’s licenses, photo identification and social security cards and more.