Into the Thick of Things: The Role of Peer Specialists in Peer-run Services

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The first webinar in this series was presented on November 15th, 2012. It focused on innovative programs peer-run programs have designed to promote community inclusion and drew on a national survey of peer-run programs jointly conducted by The Collaborative and The Clearinghouse. 

The webinar reviewed innovative peer-run programs that have helped to connect people to mainstream community organizations - to work opportunities and independent living settings, to religious congregations and civic and volunteer activities beyond those offered within mental health programs.


  • Joseph Rogers -- Executive Director, The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
  • Christa Burkett -- Technical Assistance Coordinator, The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
  • Bryce Hewlett -- Executive Director, Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition


Results of the survey are published in "Into the Thick of Things: Connecting Consumers to Community Life – A Compendium of Community Inclusion Initiatives for People with Psychiatric Disabilities at Consumer-Run Programs".