Certified Peer Specialists in Mental Health Care
Certified Peer Specialists in Mental Health Care Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Mental health conditions are a leading cause of mental and physical disability, particularly for people of low socioeconomic status. Trained and certified individuals who are in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse can provide sensitive, practical support to peers because of their shared experiences. Certified peer specialists can help individuals access support and wellness services and improve behavioral and physical health outcomes.
The featured Innovations describe two programs that expanded mental health services through the use of trained and certified peer specialists.
The featured QualityTools include a resource for mental health peer-run programs to cultivate cultural competency and a peer support group model designed to promote wellness and self-management of physical and behavioral health among individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.
- Peer Specialists in Federally Qualified Health Centers Enhance Access to Behavioral and Physical Health Support Services for Clients With Co-Occurring Medical and Mental Health Issues
- State Medicaid Program Reimburses for Physical Health and Wellness Services Provided by Mental Health Peers, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Outcomes