The Alternative Peer Group APG is a comprehensive adolescent recovery support model that integrates recovering peers and prosocial activities into evidence-based clinical practice.They are a critical piece of the care continuum that support adolescents outside of school. APGs promise to be an effective tool with which to turn the tide in the fight against the opioid epidemic.We will develop an Alternative Peer Group APG for Cape Cod to launch in early 2018 and develop and conduct research on outcomes and metrics to measure its success.We will create an APG 'Toolkit' resource and online APG infrastructure to be housed on the NNLM website .Adolescents and their families will be able to access the latest educational content about addiction, recovery and APGs using the NNLM resources, such as MedLINEPlus and PUBMED. When young people come to the APG offices they can go to a 12-step meeting, work with a counselor and recovery coach, learn about what to do when they have cravings; also, just come to hang out, do homework and have fun. There are regularly scheduled sober activities such as movie nights, retreats, exercise classes, teaching young people that a sober lifestyle is not only possible, it's fun.

Project Details

Organization Name

Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc.

Organization Type
Project Lead


Start Date
May 1, 2017
End Date
April 30, 2018
Funding Amount
Student, College & Post-grad
Student, K-12
Educator, College & Post-grad
General Public
Health care Provider
Library or Information Professional
Public Health Professional
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Teens (13-18 yrs.)