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Center for Peer Support
The Center contains detailed information on promoting the use of peer support services in behavioral health and the research and statistics to validate it. It also has the most recent information on MHA’s new National Certified Peer Specialist credential with helpful facts about how our affiliates can promote and offer peer support services and get involved in training. Learn more about the peer-run services created by MHA and detailed information on how to implement them.
National Certified Peer Specialist Credential
Mental Health America is developing a national, accredited certification for peer support. Learn more here.
It's My Life: Social Self-Directed Care Program
MHA developed a highly innovative intervention called It's My Life: Social Self-Directed Care that combines the evidence-based practices of Peer Support and Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the emerging best practices of Self-Directed Care and Life Coaching into an integrated skill and support strategy to help people build networks of friends and intimate relationships. Learn more about implementing this program in your community.
Support Group Facilitator's Guide
Facilitating support groups is not always easy. Learn about the key elements of support groups and skills for effectively facilitating them. Download the guide.
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- An Open Letter to the Peer Community
- Hendry, P. (September 2016). The Next Step for Peer Support. Presented at the iNAPS Conference.
- A Single National Standard for Peer Specialist Certification (Correction: Mental Health America does not have an agreement with INAPS.)
- Hendry, P., Hill, T., Rosenthal, H. Peer Services Toolkit: A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services. ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership and Optum, 2014.
- Kaufman, L., Kuhn, W., & Stevens Manser, S. 2016. Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview. Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin.