Emergency Department Program

Recovery Is Happening ED Program was established in response to Minnesota’s communities impacted by the opioid crisis.

Our Emergency Department (ED) Program connects individuals admitted into the emergency room for a substance use disorder with Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Under this initiative Peer Recovery Specialist are volunteering their services and are on call advocates to emergency departments every day (24/7).

Prior to being released, a Peer Recovery Specialist from Recovery Is Happening meets with the individual to introduce them to recovery supports and resources. Peer Recovery Specialist play an important role in helping individuals develop a proactive recovery plan.

When called, the Peer Recovery Specialist will:

  • Link individuals to a chemical health assessment, treatment and recovery resources
  • Provide education on overdose prevention, and on obtaining Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose when administered.
  • Provide additional resources to patients and their family members
  • Connect the patient with additional recovery support upon discharge
  • Contacting the individual after they are released from the ED with a follow-up phone calls for a minimum of 90 days.


  • Reduces future Emergency Department or medical interventions
  • Cost effective model, supporting a person to engage in treatment and recovery
  • Decreases risk of future overdose
  • Alleviates medical staffs workload and compassion fatigue with patient