All organizations and systems that engage people who have or at risk of having substance use disorders (e.g., primary care, criminal justice, child welfare) must work in concert to create a fluid continuum of services, including prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support. The Partners for Recovery (PFR) initiative provides a means for organizations in both public and private sector service systems to come together.
PFR work in the area of cross-systems collaboration focuses on fostering meaningful partnerships among the many Federal, State, and local agencies and organizations that serve and interact regularly with populations that have substance use disorders. These include representatives of the child welfare, criminal justice, education, health, addiction treatment, prevention, and mental health service systems. The purpose of these collaborations is to develop strategies to effectively address the needs of substance-involved individuals.