What is a VolunPeer?

A VolunPeer is a peer who volunteers. As a new Certified Peer Recovery Specialist or trying to become one, there are peer-to-peer contact hours (75 initially) that need to be performed. Across the state the following agencies have agreed to let those who need such hours volunteer their time under approved supervision to obtain the required hours. These agencies have approved supervisors who can provide the guidance and supervision you need as someone working towards their Peer Recovery Specialist Certification in Tennessee. For the supervision requirement click here




Outreach, Housing & Community, Inc

Contact Person: Farrah Jones

Supervisor: Chere Bradshaw, LMSW (Fall 2014)

Supervisor:  June Averyt, LMSW, PhD, CPRP (Spring 2015 and on)


Partnering with Outreach Workers

 Teaching & Working with Clients at the Midtown Community Group,

Mentoring Clients

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 9:00am -5:00pm (as preplanned with staff)
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons: 1:00pm-4:00pm- Midtown Community Group
Wednesday Morning: 9:30pm-11:00pm – Community Walk at the Wellness Center on Union


Phone: (901) 725-9005

Email: outreachousing@gmail.com

Website: www.ohcinc.org

All volunteers are required to go through orientation.  

 Those interested in volunteering should call during regular business hours: Monday -Friday 9:00am-4:00pm


Memphis Crisis Center

Contact Person: Mike Labonte

Supervisor: Mike Labonte, MA

Task: Phone Operator for crisis/warm line

Hours of Operation:

Morning: 7:30-1:00pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm-5:30pm
Evening: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Overnight: 11:00pm-7:30am

Phone: (901) 448-2802

Email: mike.labonte@crisis7.org

Website: memphiscrisiscenter.org

All volunteers are required to go through training and make a minimum commitment of one year.  


Our crisis line is 24/7 service.  However, those interested in volunteering should call during regular business hours: M-Th 9:00am-5:30pm. 



Lowenstein House

Contact Person: Bartholomew Allen

Supervisor: Bartholomew Allen, Director of Recovery

6590 Kirby Center Cove, Suite 103

Memphis, TN 38115

Email:  bartholomew.allen@lowensteinhouse.com

 Website: www.lowensteinhouse.com

Phone: (901) 334-3200

Fax: (901) 334-3213 



TN Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS)

Task: Phone Operator for Redline Resource & Helpline

Contact Person:  Jackie Rodriguez, Redline and Clearinghouse Coordinator
615-780-5901 x.110
Website: https://www.taadas.org/our-programs-and-services/redline



Contact Person: Brenda Stacey-Scott

Supervisor: Jeff Fladen

Task: Phone Operator for Helpline/ Warmline

Phone: (615) 306-7092 

Email: bstaceyscott@namitn.org

Website: namitn.org


TN Dept. of Corrections Day Reporting Center of Rutherford County

Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30-2:00 pm. 

Contact Alexandria Shaw  at alexandria.shaw@tn.gov or 615-907-4528


Centerstone - Nashville, TN

 ReConnect Peer Support believes that a volunteer opportunity is an important part of career preparation. This opportunity will assist the volunteer to gain the experience and skills required to become certified by the Tennessee Certified Peer Specialist Program. The volunteer experience is available for those who desire achieving a certificate, while performing those duties within those specific guidelines. Such an opportunity may also help the individual to determine the skill level needed to be successful while strengthening a future resume with important growth and experience opportunities. Volunteers are accepted based on the ability of the Peer Center to provide needed over sight and the qualification of the applicant. Acceptance, participation and completion in the volunteer opportunity does not guarantee any future full or part time employment with Centerstone. 

Requirements for Volunteer 
Meet the basic requirements to become a certified peer specialist as defined by the Tennessee Certified Recovery Specialist Program: 

1.Be at least age eighteen (18) years of age or older. 

2.Hold a high school diploma or GED. 

3.Have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or co-occurring disorder. 

4.Self-identify as a person who has received or is receiving mental health or co-occurring services as part of his or her personal recovery process. 

5.Have demonstrated a minimum of twelve consecutive months in self-directed recovery in the last two years. Self-directed recovery includes experience in leadership, advocacy and peer support. 

6. Provide documentation of successful completion of the Certified Peer Specialist Training. 

7.Volunteers must commit to provide a minimum of 75 hours of their time and the experience will be no less than 75 hours and no greater than 100 hours. 

8.The volunteer hours will occur for no less than 2 months and no greater than 6 months. 


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Village Behavioral Health

Village Behavioral Health is a residential treatment program that serves adolescents (age 13 to 17) with substance use and mental health disorders. The hours would be 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The volunteer will be providing direct help to the patients by conduct groups and chemical dependency assessments, family and individual sessions, learning about therapeutic modalities, as well as addiction and recovery. (All supervised by a LADAC II). The volunteer will need to go through the entire hiring process including fingerprints, background check, Orientation, etc.   

Interested volunteer applicants can contact Kristen Robinson by phone:  (865) 970-6338 or by email: Kristen.robinson@acadiahealthcare.com