Federal Multi-Site Study Finds Consumer-Operated Service Programs Are Evidence-Based Practices

After a decade of research on eight consumer-operated service programs located across the United States (1998-2008), investigators of a large SAMHSA-funded multi-site research initiative at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) Coordinating Center report that participation in consumer-operated service programs (COSPs) by adults with serious mental illness had positive effects on their psychological well-being.

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The Power of Peers: How to Advocate Effectively on the Individual and Systems Level

With advocacy skills, individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions can protect their own and others’ rights, combat discrimination and prejudice, and become catalysts for systems change. This presentation, by a longtime national leader of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement for social justice, will cover self-advocacy and systems advocacy skills. 

Joseph Rogers' presentation at Alternatives 2013 - December 4, 2013

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Promoting Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services Through a Peer Specialist Employer Learning Community

This case study of an "employer learning community model" explores the importance of employing peers at mental health programs that want to provide recovery-oriented mental health care. Published on the Website of the Journal of Participatory Medicine.


Pillars of Peer Support: Transforming Mental Health Systems of Care

Pillars of Peer Support: Transforming Mental Health Systems of Care—The Pillars of Peer Support Services initiative is designed to develop and foster the use of Medicaid funding to support Peer Support Services in state mental health systems of care. This Web site has the Pillars of Peer Support 2009 and 2010 reports available for download.


The Treatment Relationship in Peer-Based and Regular Case Management for Clients with Severe Mental Illness

Dave Sells, Ph.D., Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Christopher Jewell, J.D., Ph.D., Paul Falzer, Ph.D. and Michael Rowe, Ph.D. (2006) The Treatment Relationship in Peer-Based and Regular Case Management for Clients with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 57:1179-1184.


The National Association of Peer Specialists

"The National Association of Peer Specialists, Inc. (NAPS), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems. 

The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) is an organization dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. We are a group of dedicated peer specialists seeking ways to improve the effectiveness of the mental health system through the hiring of other peer specialists."