KNOW THE TRUTH
YOUTH PEER SUPPORT SERVICES
ONLY ABOUT1 in 10 PEOPLE WITH A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF SPECIALTY TREATMENT ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE.
The Know the Truth™ Prevention Program (KTT) is addressing the need for increased chemical health support by partnering with schools across Minnesota to provide Youth Peer Support Services (YPSS) in addition to a full continuum of prevention services.
Know the Truth works in conjunction with Minnesota School Districts in order to provide co-located Youth Peer Support Services. KTT follows a weekly, in-person and virtual small group format, offering students an opportunity to meet with a trained Peer Recovery Specialist. Groups provide students with a space each week to talk openly about substance related issues and topics.
The group uses evidence-informed curriculum and takes a highly relatable peer to peer approach. Relatability to students is key in helping them understand underlying issues and potential risk factors in their lives. Groups are facilitated through a variation of techniques, including; non clinical support, motivational interviewing, story sharing, stages of recovery, instruction, active listening, open ended questions, demonstration, recovery wellness plans and encouragement.
The Peer Recovery Specialist acts as a liaison between students, educators and other support services. Thereby, bridging the gap to create and maintain overall wellness for students.
Service Funding Sources:
Recovery Community Organization (RCO)
Contract with Partner District
Once the partnership is fully established, Know the Truth will present a plan of group implementation and work with school staff directly to create a schedule and processes.
Parent Notification Letter
Referral for Additional Support
Criteria for Receiving Services
Have a referral from designated main school contact
Express personal interest in support
Honor confidentiality of other group members
Engage in respectful discussions with other group members
Once a student is referred to a group, Know the Truth will use a school pass or email the student directly to schedule a time to introduce the groups, share their personal story (self-disclosure is used for relatability, only what is necessary will be shared). From here, the student decides if they would like to be a part of the group on-going and will be given direction on next steps.
Communication and Referral to Additional Support
Know the Truth will work closely with the referring contact regarding the student’s progress and attendance in groups. In the event that the student needs additional support services, Know the Truth will discuss with the student, the referring contact, and parents on a case-by-case basis.
Know the Truth creates student flyers, videos, attends staff meetings and utilizes classroom presentations as a great way to build relationships and increase group attendance.
If your school is interested in utilizing Know the Truth’s Youth Peer Support Services please reach out to Bailey Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org.