Peer Support Services are specialized therapeutic interactions conducted by self-identified current or formal consumers of behavioral health services who are trained and certified to offer support and assistance in helping others in their recovery and community-integration process. Peer support is intended to inspire hope in individuals that recovery is not only possible, but probable.
These services are designed to promote mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders to achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered when recovering from their disability.
These services are self-directed and person centered with a recovery focus. Services are multi-faceted and include, but not limited to:
- Individual advocacy
- Development of natural supports
- Support of work or other meaningful activity of the individual’s choosing
- Crisis management support
- Skill training
- Effective utilization of the service delivery system
- Coordination of and linkage to other service providers