Peer Support Services
Peer Support Services are person-centered activities with a rehabilitation and resiliency/recovery focus that allow consumers of mental health services and substance use disorders services and their family members the opportunity to build skills for coping with and managing psychiatric symptoms, substance use issues and challenges associated with various disabilities while directing their own recovery. Natural resources are utilized to enhance community living skills, community integration, rehabilitation, resiliency and recovery. Peer Support is a helping relationship between peers and/or family members that is directed toward the achievement of specific goals defined by the individual. It may also be provided as a family partner role. Peer support specialist make use of empathy, empowerment, engagement and motivation to help support and inspire change. It also enhances hope and social networking through role modeling and activation; and supplement existing treatment with education, empowerment and aid in system navigation.