Peer Support Services
What is Peer Support?
In short, Certified Professionals with similar life experiences empower and guide individuals (peers) through their recovery journey. Below are some examples of how they can help you make a difference in your own life, your own recovery.
- Understanding mental/behavioral health disorders, their unique challenges, the causes, how to manage and overcome them.
- Behavior Management Skills
- Problem solving
- Identifying problems
- Developing self-directed wellness goals
- Developing self-directed recovery plan
- Learning how to make informed and independent decisions
- Advocating and empowerment – Teaching individuals how to:
- Effectively communicate their needs
- Understand your rights within your own recovery and care
- Make educated decisions about needs, rights
- Life skill building – Life skills can include but are not limited to:
- Time management
- Work and study skills
- Social development
- Find community resources
- Transitioning into adulthood and
- Preparing for college
- Developing a support system
- Strengthening personal relationships
- Researching and connecting to community services
- Creating new networks of stability and support that can include
- Individual/family counseling
- Medical care
- Developmental disability services
- Community centers
- Resiliency – Developing the ability to address life’s challenges through skill and strength building such as:
- Stress management
- Work/life balance
- Healthy coping skills
- Conflict resolution
- Determination and decision making
- CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
- Communication skills
- Parenting skills
- Role-model collaborative relationship behaviors and skills
- Understanding and managing difficult behaviors
- Preparation for events such as
- Doctor visits and
- Finding new services
- Understanding the process and
- Advocating for your needs
- Clear and concise communication
- Health and wellness activities such as:
- Outdoor activities
- Arts and crafts
- Connecting to hobbies and
- Exploring interests
Who qualifies for Peer Support Services?
Adults 18 years of age or older and have been diagnosed with a behavioral health diagnosis OR a co-occurring diagnosis with a substance abuse disorder. Individuals must of Medicaid.
- Private Pay
More about Peer Support?
A Certified Peer Support Specialist, (CPSS) is a trained professional that has personal experience and recovery from a mental health concern and/or addiction. A CPSS supports a member in developing and succeeding in their own recovery plan. A CPSS promotes recovery for individuals living with a mental illness with the direct understanding that recovery is a personal experience that encompasses all aspects of one’s life. The recovery journey involves the development of hope, self-esteem, purpose, decision making and problem solving skills, connection with others, and a satisfying and meaningful life. A CPSS can support members through goal setting, education, and skills building. Certified Peer Support Specialists work to motivate members through positive ways, with the focus of recovery and well-being by positive change that individuals use to improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.