Peer Support

Peer Support is a form of community support service in which a Certified Peer Specialist works with clients to assist in regaining balance and control of their lives and to support recovery. Peer Support assistance can take a variety of forms such as providing information about services or self-care, supporting the development of skills, and facilitating access to services and resources.

Certified Peer Specialists are integral to a treatment team, yet they also assist in a way that is distinct from existing traditional mental health services. In addition to the utilization of specific training, traditional knowledge and competencies in providing support, the Certified Peer Specialist relates practices from her or his own lived experience and experiential knowledge. This factor allows for the Certified Peer Specialist to work from the context of recovery, utilizing language based on experience rather than clinical terminology.