Abstract: The growth of the peer workforce in behavioral health services is bringing opportunities to organizations and institutions that serve people living with mental and substance use disorders and their families....For the article, click here.
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.
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
By Gayle Bluebird, National Consumer Survivor Consultant
Kaufman, L., Brooks, W., Steinley-Bumgarner, M., Stevens-Manser, S. 2012. Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview. University of Texas at Austin Center for Social Work Research.
Peer Support and Peer-Run Crisis Alternatives in Mental Health -- This website features trainings developed by Shery Mead, including crisis training and intentional peer support.
List of publications by the Temple University Collaborative. Includes tool kits and guidebooks on community integration topics for mental health peers and those who assist them.
Glenn M. Landers, MBA, MHA , James P. Cooney, Jr., Ph.D. , Mei Zhou, MS, MA.
Georgia Department of Human Resources
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—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 Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. (MHEP) is a not-for-profit corporation organized in 1988 to develop and strengthen self-help and mutual support/recovery activities throughout the United States." Includes information on starting self-help groups and projects initiated by MHEP.
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, 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."